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What should I read to understand digital humanities, and find out how a philosopher can contribute and/or benefit from them?

I know that's a broad question.

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@twsh Ages ago, I took humanities electives at MIT, where there was (and I think still is) a strong Comparative Media Studies presence. One semeser, I did Shakespeare in Film with Pete Donaldson (, where we tried out experimental software for DVD annotation. Another term, I took "nonlinear and interactive narrative" (as I think it was called), where we covered early experiments in hypertext fiction (e.g., "Victory Garden").

@twsh Somehow, I never took a course with Henry Jenkins, who is probably the best-known member of the department for his writing on "fan studies".

@webmind @bgcarlisle Probably not one thing. Some people use the term for computer aided humanistic work. Some people for humanistic work on 'digital' culture. Probably a lot more. And these things get collected into institutes and syllabi in various ways.

@twsh @webmind @bgcarlisle

I might know some bits useful for philosophy and tech or can find some good stuff of you're interested?

Some rough tips: (turn of javascript), institute of network cultures

@twsh @webmind @bgcarlisle I'm classified as being a doctoral student in digital humanities: for my group at least, the term is used for any humanities work that utilises tech, though often more specifically using tech to do things you can't do manually/designing bespoke software for humanities work.


I've really liked the two syllabi Ted Underwood pulled together on the two aspects of DH, as a social phenomenon and as a set of technical methods and tools

@twsh It's a seemingly simple question, but even those who are digital humanists can spend a lot of time arguing about what it is. I think the wikipedia article is pretty good

Personally, I like the perspective that Matt Kirschenbaum puts forward here

@twsh can you clarify what you mean by "digital humanities" and exactly what sort of reading material you are looking for?

@strypey Part of my question is trying to figure out what I ought to mean by 'digital humanities'.

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