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Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities is a broad and growing field of inquiry that promotes the use of computers and the Internet in research, in teaching, and in the dissemination of knowledge in the humanities and the humanistic social sciences. Importantly, Digital Humanities also engages in critical analysis of the impact of digital technologies on humanities work and on humanity itself. Numerous scholarly and pedagogical activities fall under Digital Humanities' broad rubric. These activities include building digital tools, archives, and collections; using tools to discern patterns in texts and data collections; sharing the results of humanistic research on accessible multimodal platforms; pedagogical innovation and analysis; the creative use of social networking technologies; and critical engagement with the effects of the globalized networked culture on human lives and human relations. As a field, Digital Humanities has developed theories and best practices in project planning and management, collaboration, and in recognition of project contributors--both students and faculty. As a community of practice, Digital Humanities embraces the values of openness, fairness, access, reflection, experimentation, collaboration, critical engagement, interdisciplinarity, and democracy in the public sharing of humanistic knowledge.

USD's new Humanities Center contains a Digital Humanities Studio--a space where students and faculty can work together on digital projects, whether short-term class assignments/activities or longer-term DH projects that may occur over several years, or even several decades. The Humanities Center DH Postdoctoral Fellow, Paul Evans, is available to talk with faculty and students about DH project ideas and to facilitate start-ups and collaborate on projects.

 

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