Between Humanities and the Digital

Between Humanities and the Digital

ISBN 9780262328364
592 pp.
June 2015

Content Publisher
The MIT Press

Between Humanities and the Digital

Between Humanities and the Digital offers an expansive vision of how the humanities engage with digital and information technology, providing a range of perspectives on a quickly evolving, contested, and exciting field. It documents the multiplicity of ways that humanities scholars have turned increasingly to digital and information technology as both a scholarly tool and a cultural object in need of analysis.

The contributors explore the state of the art in digital humanities from varied disciplinary perspectives, offer a sample of digitally inflected work that ranges from an analysis of computational literature to the collaborative development of a “Global Middle Ages” humanities platform, and examine new models for knowledge production and infrastructure. Their contributions show not only that the digital has prompted the humanities to move beyond traditional scholarly horizons, but also that the humanities have pushed the digital to become more than a narrowly technical application.

Contributors: Ian Bogost, Anne Cong-Huyen, Mats Dahlström, Cathy N. Davidson, Johanna Drucker, Amy E. Earhart, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Maurizio Forte, Zephyr Frank, David Theo Goldberg, Jennifer González, Jo Guldi, N. Katherine Hayles, Geraldine Heng, Larissa Hjorth, Tim Hutchings, Henry Jenkins, Matthew Kirschenbaum, Cecilia Lindhé, Alan Liu, Elizabeth Losh, Tara McPherson, Chandra Mukerji, Nick Montfort, Jenna Ng, Bethany Nowviskie, Jennie Olofsson, Lisa Parks, Natalie Phillips, Todd Presner, Stephen Rachman, Patricia Seed, Nishant Shah, Ray Siemens, Jentery Sayers, Jonathan Sterne, Patrik Svensson, William G. Thomas III, Whitney Anne Trettien, Michael Widner.


  1. Contributors
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Introduction

    Patrik Svensson and David Theo Goldberg

  4. I. The Field of Digital Humanities
  5. 1. The Example: Some Historical Considerations

    Jonathan Sterne

  6. 2. Humanities in the Digital Age

    Alan Liu and William G. Thomas III

  7. 3. Me? A Digital Humanist?

    Chandra Mukerji

  8. 4. Critical Theory and the Mangle of Digital Humanities

    Todd Presner

  9. 5. “Does This Technology Serve Human Purposes?” A “Necessary Conversation” with Sherry Turkle

    Henry Jenkins

  10. 6. Humanist Computing at the End of the Individual Voice and the Authoritative Text

    Johanna Drucker

  11. 7. Beyond Infrastructure: Re-Humanizing Digital Humanities in India

    Nishant Shah

  12. 8. Toward a Transnational Asian/American Digital Humanities: A #Transformdh Invitation

    Anne Cong-Huyen

  13. 9. Beyond the Elbow-Patched Playground

    Ian Bogost

  14. 10. Why Yack Needs Hack (and Vice Versa): From Digital Humanities to Digital Literacy

    Cathy N. Davidson

  15. 11. Toward Problem-Based Modeling in the Digital Humanities

    Ray Siemens and Jentery Sayers

  16. 12. Deprovincializing Digital Humanities

    David Theo Goldberg

  17. II. Inflecting Fields and Disciplines
  18. 13. Circuit-Bending History: Sketches Toward a Digital Schematic

    Whitney Anne Trettien

  19. 14. Medieval Materiality Through the Digital Lens

    Cecilia Lindhé

  20. 15. Computational Literature

    Nick Montfort

  21. 16. The Cut Between Us: Digital Remix and the Expression of Self

    Jenna Ng

  22. 17. Locating the Mobile and Social: A Preliminary Discussion of Camera Phones and Locative Media

    Larissa Hjorth

  23. 18. “Did You Mean ‘Why Are Women Cranky?’” Google—A Means of Inscription, A Means of De-Inscription?

    Jennia Olofsson

  24. 19. Time Wars of the Twentieth Century and the Twenty-First Century Toolkit: The History and Politics of Longue-Duree Thinking as a Prelude to the Digital Analysis of the Past

    Jo Guldi

  25. 20. An Experiment in Collaborative Humanities: Envisioning Globalities 500–1500 CE

    Geraldine Heng and Michael Widner

  26. 21. Digital Humanities and the Study of Religion

    Tim Hutchings

  27. 22. Cyber Archaeology: A Post-Virtual Perspective

    Maurizio Forte

  28. 23. Literature, Neuroscience, and Digital Humanities

    Natalie Phillips and Stephen Rachman

  29. III. Knowledge Production, Learning, and Infrastructure
  30. 24. The Humanistiscope—Exploring the Situatedness of Humanities Infrastructure

    Patrik Svensson

  31. 25. “Stuff You Can Kick”: Toward a Theory of Media Infrastructures

    Lisa Parks

  32. 26. Distant Mirrors and the Lamp

    Matthew Kirschenbaum

  33. 27. Resistance in the Materials

    Bethany Nowviskie

  34. 28. The Digital Humanities as a Laboratory

    Amy E. Earhart

  35. 29. A Map Is Not a Picture: How the Digital World Threatens the Validity of Printed Maps

    Patricia Seed

  36. 30. Spatial History as Scholarly Practice

    Zephyr Frank

  37. 31. Utopian Pedagogies: Teaching from the Margins of the Digital Humanities

    Elizabeth Losh

  38. 32. The Face and the Public: Race, Secrecy, and Digital Art Practice

    Jennifer González

  39. 33. Scholarly Publishing in the Digital Age

    Kathleen Fitzpatrick

  40. 34. Critical Transmission

    Mats Dahlström

  41. 35. Post-Archive: The Humanities, the Archive, and the Database

    Tara McPherson

  42. 36. Final Commentary: A Provocation

    N. Katherine Hayles

  43. References
  44. Index