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Digital Humanities at Santa Clara University

A guide for SCU faculty and students about digital humanities initiatives at SCU and beyond.


A Digital Humanities Working Group was formed at Santa Clara in the Fall of 2015. Its charge is to define and develop a partnership between the College of Arts and Sciences and Information Services to support a Digital Humanities Initiative at SCU.

Some Definitions

Digital Humanities is...

"a nexus of fields within which scholars use computing technologies to investigate the kinds of questions that are traditional to the humanities, or, as is more true of my own work, ask traditional kinds of humanities-oriented questions about computing technologies." - Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication at MLA in The Chronicle of Higher Education ProfHacker Blog, July 13, 2010.


"just an umbrella term – a term of convenience –that refers to a whole bunch of activities happening where the humanities interacts with technology. It might be philosophers studying technology ethics, archaeologists learning how to use aerial photography to scan dig sites, computational linguists developing data analysis techniques to study old newspapers, media scholars studying video games, or any number of other activities." - Brett Bobley, Director of the Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities in The Right to Research Coalition Blog, Oct. 24, 2014.


"an area of research and teaching at the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities. Developing from the fields of humanities computing, humanistic computing, and digital humanities praxis, digital humanities embraces a variety of topics, from curating online collections to data mining large cultural data sets." - Wikipedia, s.v. "Digital Humanities". Accessed on November 16, 2015. 


And the term Digital Humanities...

"refers to new modes of scholarship and to institutional units for collaborative, transdisciplinary, and computationally engaged research, teaching, and publication.”

“understands its object of study as the entire human record...This is why some DH research extend[s] outside the traditional core of humanities to embrace quantitative methods from the social and natural sciences and modes of thinking from the arts.” A. Burdick, J. Drucker, et al. Digital_Humanities. MIT Press, 2012.