What is digital humanities?
Good question! Digital humanities is an expanding field with a contested definition. Wikipedia defines digital humanities as “an area of research and teaching at the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities.” It’s not a bad definition, and to be honest, this is exactly how I would define the field if a friend or family member asked me to explain what I’m learning in school. This is mostly for their benefit, as they are mostly likely just trying to be polite and not actually interested. But while I recite this simple definition, other sub definitions and contradictory definitions would bounce around.
The problem with this simple definition is that it’s just so broad. On the other hand, maybe that’s not such a bad thing. A bigger tent (Svensson, Beyond the Big Tent) means there is more space, which leads to greater collaboration, discovery, and ultimately, more attention to the field. At least, that’s my opinion.
About this portfolio:
This portfolio contains the writing assignments that I have completed for my English 606 course: Topics in Humanities Computing. Each week, I will add a reading response (except for the weeks when I have my article presentation or DH project presentation).
I am a second year graduate student at West Virginia University getting ready to graduate with my MA in Professional Writing & Editing.