Whither the Digital Humanities?

Two Lights, ME

“The Digital Humanities (DH) can be viewed in two ways: as emerging and as emergent.

  • Emerging: Over the last two decades, as it grew from humanities computing into digital humanities, it spawned a range of analytics, journals, conferences, institutes, books, anthologies, courses, programs, and projects that carry its imprimatur with a degree of confidence signifying growth.
  • Emergent: Responding to new and rapid changes in technology; generating flexible, for-the-moment modes to appropriate the digital to study technological complexity in humanistic contexts; infusing new practices, forms, and tools of communication, learning, entertainment, and pleasure into social lives; negotiating the global flow of economic power and culture through digital systems and networks.

The tension between them is a central force animating DH today.”

Excerpted from John Muthyala’s “Whither the Digital Humanities?”

From Hybrid Pedagogy,Whither the Digital Humanities?” Image:  “Waiting,” Two Lights Park, Maine. John Muthyala, (Creative Commons, CC BY-NC 2.0)


USM DH in the news

Professor Jan Piribeck’s digital humanities work on climate change is showcased in Portland Monthly (Stir It Up: Social activism thrives in Maine’s fine art world).

The Forecaster features History Professor Eileen Eagan’s mobile application (Department of History) Portland Women’s History Gets Its Own App.

The Portland Press Herald profiles Professor Lisa Walker’s (Department of English) digital humanities project, Digiziting Maine Chance Farm.

Economics Professor Michael’s Hillard’s project Stories of Maine’s Paper Plantation  highlighted in The Story of the Strike at Fraser Paper (Maine Public) (audio)

 The Free Press writes on English Professor John Muthyala’s public lecture . “USM Professor gives talk on drones.”