DH Librarian

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Emily McGinn
for advice in scoping digital projects, DH pedagogy, and grant writing.

What is digital humanities?

What counts as digital humanities?  For some, digital humanities is simply scholarly or pedagogical activities within the traditional humanities disciplines undertaken with digital tools. For others, digital humanities involves a reconfiguration of traditional humanist activities, with an emphasis on interdisciplinarity and participation beyond specialist audiences. Digital humanities practices can include:

  • The creation of digital editions, archives, maps, visualizations and exhibitions, often through collaboration between faculty, students, librarians, technologists and others
  • The use, analysis and/or creation of digital tools in the classroom
  • The study of the history and culture of new media, social media, human-computer interaction and cultural informatics
  • The study of humanities questions at large scale via computer-aided analytic methods


The Center for Digital Humanities led by Computer Science Professor Tom Lippincott, focuses on using computational methods with humanities materials emphasizing Machine Learning and text analysis. 

Life x Code is a collective of labs doing DH against enclosure led by JHU History professor, Jessica Marie Johnson.

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