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Institute of Advanced Research Computing

Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities

Using new tools, a new discipline?

Digital Humanities is an interdisciplinary field and emergent since the late 1990s out of the more narrow literature of Humanities and Computing. Scholarship in this area has prompted critical reflection and deeper understanding of the humanistic areas of study drawn from digital sources and tools. Since its commencement iARC has been committed to working closely across the digital humanities field and has helped to establish #DHDurham as a growing network of scholars whose work is focused on the digital mediation of modern life. This includes emphasis from tool and application determined research, to the use of such technologies to assemble, transform, or manipulate digital content, to the use of computational research methods to advance and to critically question conventional methods of analysis.

Relatively new in technology terms, #DHDurham can be broken down into disciplinary specialties that map onto familiar faculty research areas, including Digital Theology, Digital Art and History, and Digital Literary Studies; Digital Business Development and Marketing and more.

#DHDurham interests currently cluster in the following areas:

  • Textual analysis: digital editions of literary texts;
  • Websites that invite linguistic, social and historical analysis of literary works;
  • Inter-text aggregation that link author or subject-oriented digital collections;
  • Geospatial approaches to digital content;
  • Modelling and Simulation.

#DHDurham scholars have important voices in debates over new forms of scholarly communication, including Open Access and Open Peer Review methods and content.