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Durham University

Department of English Studies


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Publication details for Professor Claire Warwick

Warwick, C. (2010), Digital Transformations: Digital scholarship and the future of research in humanities disciplines.

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Digital Humanities (DH) is an unusual subject area. It is an interdiscipline, whose boundaries are still shifting and being negotiated, and it requires an unusual degree of collaboration and team-based research. Its outputs are not only printed publications, but may include numerous kinds of digital objects and artefacts. It may involve the study of digital phenomena using humanities methods, or the application of digital, or computational methods to humanities research areas. As such it remains an oddity in a world where many humanities researchers still expect to work as single scholars, write monographs, and situate themselves within a single discipline. Some DH scholars imagine a future in which our discipline will die out, as all research becomes digital in some way, while others fear that mainstream humanities researchers will never accept the massive methodological and cultural changes neccessary to effect such integration. In this talk I will therefore examine the nature of DH as a discipline, discussing in particular our research at the new UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, ( and the philosophy of DH that underpins our work. I will discuss the promise of DH for the future of humanities scholarship, but also examine the new demands, not all of which may be universally welcome, that this may place on researchers in the humanities.

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