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Digital Humanities at Santa Clara University

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


The Digital Humanities initiative at SCU connects faculty, staff, and students across departments and schools who use digital methods to conduct research centered on the human, and those who ask humanistic questions of digital tools and methods. DH is deeply interdisciplinary, collaborative, and welcoming to all researchers from across the arts and sciences invested in reflecting on the intersection of the human and digital that is at the core of the identity of The Jesuit University in Silicon Valley.

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.