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Digital Humanities: A Status Report with Questions - Johanna Drucker

Johanna Drucker   
Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies 
University of California Los Angeles

Thursday, October 29, 2015 
7:30 p.m., Hall Center Conference Hall
Digital humanities activities have matured in the last decades, and in many ways, we simply do our business digitally, working in networked environments with all of their affordances and conveniences as part of our daily research habits. Digitization processes and presentation tools, on and offline, have created new norms and conventions for publishing while analytic methods in data mining, visualization, network analysis, topic modeling and so on have become standard (if less common) research methods. All of this suggests that the digital humanities have been extremely successful and are integrated into scholarship across disciplines. But what are the intellectual impacts of these methods? What critical issues do they raise in terms of knowledge production and conception and how do these answer or meet the challenges of resource allocation and equities of practice within the academic environment? Will digital humanities disappear as a field, its boundaries dissolved by familiarity, or will breakthrough projects shift the critical frameworks on which we constitute the humanities? 

Johanna Drucker is the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies at UCLA where she teaches Information Studies, Digital Humanities, and History of the Book. With Anne Burdick, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner, and Jeffrey Schnapp she co-authored the MIT Press book, Digital_Humanities, and her DH 101 Coursebook is available free online. Two other books, Graphesis  (Harvard University Press, 2014) and SpecLab (University of Chicago Press, 2009) are also concerned with digital projects and knowledge production. 

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, EGARC,
the Department of English, and the Hall Center for the Humanities

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