Course: Schreibman


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[Course] Susan Schreibman (@schreib100), History and future of DH

Questions without answers:
– Is DH a field?
– WHo is a digital humanist?
– What is DH ?
– We speak about “digital humanities”, but in Switzerland “Humanities” is not an academic category…<= this is a real question ! I don’t think it is in France either :-/
[Participants are invited to give their 1 line “elevator-pitch” that best defines DH]
– “Dust meets geeks” by Andreas Perret
– “Humanities using digital tools”
– “Putting Shakespeare on iPads” : Laura Mandell cited by Schreibman. Discussion here :
Re-thinking the object life-cycle
Recalls Roberto Busa as founder of DH discipline:
Busa-Waston cooperation to establish a concordance of St. Thomas Aquinus with punched card IBM machines. Cf.
So, Digital Humanities: a field, a tool, a discipline? All of these?  None?  “I do not think these words mean what I think they mean.”
Google Ngram montre émergence/décollage de Digital humanities en 2000, remplaçant Humanities computing qu’on voit à partir de 1967-68
[useful_link] Where you can ask any question DH Questions and Answers:
“Binary code, truly universal language”.
“Moving from reading and critiquing to building and making” : Digital Humanities, it’s about “making” !
Developing new tools and softwares…
To be read : Bibliography and the Sociology of Texts by D. F. McKenzie :
Débordement des rôles – Digital Humanists <->Editeurs
RefHow should DH work be evaluated:
.DH as pedagogical practice :
Area: Text visualization and Distant Reading:
Biggest corpus yet: Google Books Project
Example of visualiation of language uses at the macro level with Google NGrams:
Other example of visualisation of Wikileaks Iraki Wars Data. –> Is Wikileaks a DIgital Humanities Project ?
More example of Distant Reading Projects about Agatha Christie and an “obscur Irish Poet”
 Area: Virtual Worlds
 Exploring virtual worlds and reconstructing historical settings in order to answer historical research questions!
Ref: Being and Seeming: the Technology of Representation by Richard Powers. Online:
 [useful_tool] = A TextArc is a visual represention of a text—the entire text (twice!) on a single page. A funny combination of an index, concordance, and summary; it uses the viewer’s eye to help uncover meaning.
 [ref] “Raw Data” Is an Oxymoron (Infrastructures) by Lisa Gitelman (