ISBN 9780262312103
152 pp.
December 2012

Content Publisher
The MIT Press


Digital_Humanities is a compact, game-changing report on the state of contemporary knowledge production. Answering the question “What is digital humanities?,” it provides an in-depth examination of an emerging field. This collaboratively authored and visually compelling volume explores methodologies and techniques unfamiliar to traditional modes of humanistic inquiry—including geospatial analysis, data mining, corpus linguistics, visualization, and simulation—to show their relevance for contemporary culture. Written by five leading practitioner-theorists whose varied backgrounds embody the intellectual and creative diversity of the field, Digital_Humanities is a vision statement for the future, an invitation to engage, and a critical tool for understanding the shape of new scholarship.


  1. Preface
  2. 1. Humanities to Digital Humanities
  3. 2. Emerging Methods and Genres
  4. I. A Portfolio of Case Studies
  5. Case Study 1: Mapping Differential Geographies in the New World Encounter
  6. Case Study 2: Expanded Publication of a Textual Corpus of Papyrus Fragments from the Alexandria Library
  7. Case Study 3: Augmented Objects and Spaces: Jewish Ritual Objects in Diaspora
  8. Case Study 4: Virtual Reconstruction of an Afghan Refugee Camp as a Site for Cultural Memory
  9. Case Study 5: Multi-Authored Locative Investigation of the Zenon Headquarters and Corporate Archive
  10. 3. The Social Life of the Digital Humanities
  11. 4. Provocations
  12. A Short Guide to the Digital_Humanities
  13. Afterword: Notes on Production
  14. Reference Networks