Workshop Notes: Envisioning and implementing the digital humanities

June 17, 2009

I had the opportunity as part of my fellowship at the HUMlab, Umeå University to take part in a small one-day workshop on the above subject in mid-May. In addition to the HUMlab postdoctoral fellows, graduate students doing work related to the digital humanities, and the Director and staff of the HUMlab, there were senior scholars doing work in the field including David Goldberg from the California Humanities Research Institute, UC Irvine and Harold Short the Director of the Centre for Humanities Computing at King’s College in London. Since I’m leaving Umeå tomorrow to go home for the summer, I thought I’d jot down a general outline from my brief notes from the event. The workshop was interesting. Food for thought:

Institutional models
Digital Humanities becoming its own discipline?
Transliteracies/Digital Humanities
Reading practices
Composition
How to reconceptualize the digital? A methodological? theoretical approach?
HASTAC and interdisciplinary collaboration between people
How to define Institute for the Future of the Book?
Search engines… how to conceptualize them
Fine Rolls Project — working with translation instead of the original
Archives & Collaboration with the library/archives
Digitizing special collections: Wrenching an object out its context? To make it more visible; to make it more understandable or approachable (to a layperson)? What is the significance of this?
History of computers: The Colossus (1944) — a massive code-breaker built by the Post Office during WWII It was rebuilt recently
Electronic Computer Project (1946-1956), Princeton University
A place for the visual arts in the Digital Humanities?
Rethinking what constitutes “research”
Digital Humanities encompassing unlikely collaborations between scholars/students in vastly different fields without necessarily producing a digital product?

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