Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Digital Humanities defined (again)

Rafael Alvarado, Asso­ciate Direc­tor of SHANTI at the Uni­ver­sity of Vir­ginia, has written a blog posting titled " The Digital Humanities Situation."  Alvarado argues that there is no definition of DH.  Instead "we have a geneal­ogy, a net­work of fam­ily resem­blances among pro­vi­sional schools of thought, method­olog­i­cal inter­ests, and pre­ferred tools, a his­tory of peo­ple who have cho­sen to call them­selves dig­i­tal human­ists and who in the process of try­ing to define the term are cre­at­ing that def­i­n­i­tion....It is a social cat­e­gory, not an onto­log­i­cal one."

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