New Book: Understanding Digital Humanities

This book discusses the implications and applications of ‘digital humanities’ and the questions raised when using algorithmic techniques. Key researchers in the field provide a comprehensive introduction to important debates surrounding issues such as the contrast between narrative versus database, pattern-matching versus hermeneutics, and the statistical paradigm versus the data mining paradigm.

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The application of new computational techniques and visualisation technologies in arts and humanities are resulting in fresh approaches and methodologies for the study of new and traditional corpora. This ‘computational turn’ takes the methods and techniques from computer science to create innovative means of close and distant reading.

This book discusses the implications and applications of ‘digital humanities’ and the questions raised when using algorithmic techniques. Key researchers in the field provide a comprehensive introduction to important debates surrounding issues such as the contrast between narrative versus database, pattern-matching versus hermeneutics, and the statistical paradigm versus the data mining paradigm. Also discussed are the new forms of collaboration within arts and humanities that are raised through modular research teams and new organisational structures, ‘big humanities’, as well as techniques for interdisciplinary collaboration.

Contents

  • Introduction: Understanding the Digital Humanities; D.M.Berry
  • An Interpretation of Digital Humanities; L.Evans & S.Rees
  • How We Think: Transforming Power and Digital Technologies; N.K.Hayles
  • Digital Methods: Five Challenges; B.Rieder & T.Röhle
  • Archives in Media Theory: Material Media Archaeology and Digital Humanities; J.Parikka
  • Canonicalism and the Computational Turn; C.Bassett
  • The Esthetics of Hidden Things; S.Dexter
  • The Meaning and the Mining of Legal Texts; M.Hildebrandt
  • Have the Humanities Always been Digital? For an Understanding of the ‘Digital Humanities’ in the Context of Originary Technicity; F.Frabetti
  • Present, Not Voting: Digital Humanities in the Panopticon; M.Terras
  • Analysis Tool or Research Methodology: Is There an Epistemology for Patterns?; D.Dixon
  • Do Computers Dream of Cinema? Film Data for Computer Analysis and Visualization; A.Heftberger
  • The Feminist Critique: Mapping Controversy in Wikipedia; M.Currie
  • How to See One Million Images? A Computational Methodology for Visual Culture and Media Research; L.Manovich
  • Cultures of Formalization: Towards an Encounter Between Humanities and Computing; J.van Zundert, A.Antonijevic, A.Beaulieu, K.van Dalen-Oskam, D.Zeldenrust & T.Andrews
  • Trans-disciplinarity and Digital Humanity: Lessons Learned from Developing Text Mining Tools for Textual Analysis; Y.Lin

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