Conflicts In Digital Humanities:
While Digital Humanities may look fairly homogeneous to an outsider, it's actually a very contentious field. There is considerable debate on such topics as how to define digital humanities, the place of digital humanities in academia, and its potential for harm.
What is DH?
The goal of this libguide is to provide you with a basic introduction to the emerging field of Digital Humanities (DH), and point you in the direction of parts you may find interesting. Before continuing further, what is Digital Humanities?
"The digital humanities is an area of research, teaching, and creation concerned with the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities. Developing from the field of humanities computing, digital humanities embraces a variety of topics ranging from curating online collections to data mining large cultural data sets. Digital Humanities currently incorporates both digitized and born-digital materials and combines the methodologies from the traditional humanities disciplines (such history, philosophy, linguistics, literature, art, archaeology, music, andcultural studies), as well as social sciences , with tools provided by computing (such as data visualisation, information retrieval, data mining, statistics, text mining) and digital publishing” (Wikipedia).
While this definition provides a basic idea, the question of how to define DH is is a highly contested one, which corresponds to the fact that DH represents many different things. Additionally, we recognize that a wide diversity of people is necessary to make digital humanities function. As such, digital humanities must take active strides to include all the areas of study that comprise the humanities and must strive to include participants of diverse age, generation, sex, skill, race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, ability, nationality, culture, discipline, areas of interest. Without open participation and broad outreach, the digital humanities movement limits its capacity for critical engagement. (Toward an Open DH, Diversity in DH @THATCamp)