Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm at the National Humanities Center
“Digital Humanities” appears to name a set of approaches to computational scholarship in the liberal arts. That seems obvious, even if DH folk have a hard time agreeing on the details. But what if the most interesting and important thing about digital humanities isn’t the object or approach—the computational stuff—but the ideas and motivations behind the establishment and pursuit of DH in the first place?
Specifically, DH represents a rare and overdue tactical approach to humanities research in the contemporary university (and the contemporary world more broadly). Even though some criticize these tactics as retreat to the “neoliberal university,” in fact there is much to learn from how DH has approached the actual reality of contemporary scholarly life in the humanities. Furthermore, unless scholars learn those lessons, digital humanities won’t be able to grow into more general approaches for humanities scholarship, teaching, research, and management—the future of which might have nothing to do with computers at all.
Ian Bogost’s talk is co-sponsored by the Triangle Digital Humanities Network and the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.