[Air-L] New Book: Understanding Digital Humanities

David Berry D.M.Berry at swansea.ac.uk
Tue Feb 21 03:59:11 PST 2012


I would like to draw your attention to my new edited book recently published by Palgrave Macmillan (2012) called Understanding Digital Humanities. I hope you find it interesting. 




The application of new computational techniques and visualisation technologies in arts and humanities and the social sciences are resulting in fresh approaches and methodologies for the study of new and traditional corpora. This ‘computational turn’ takes the methods and techniques from computer science to create innovative means of close and distant reading. This book discusses the implications and applications of ‘digital humanities’ and 'computational social science' and the questions raised when using algorithmic techniques. Key researchers in the field provide a comprehensive introduction to important debates surrounding issues such as the contrast between narrative versus database, pattern-matching versus hermeneutics, and the statistical paradigm versus the data mining paradigm. Also discussed are the new forms of collaboration within arts and humanities that are raised through modular research teams and new organisational structures, ‘big humanities’, as well as techniques for interdisciplinary collaboration.


Introduction: Understanding the Digital Humanities; D.M.Berry
An Interpretation of Digital Humanities; L.Evans & S.Rees
How We Think: Transforming Power and Digital Technologies; N.K.Hayles
Digital Methods: Five Challenges; B.Rieder & T.Röhle 
Archives in Media Theory: Material Media Archaeology and Digital Humanities; J.Parikka 
Canonicalism and the Computational Turn; C.Bassett
The Esthetics of Hidden Things; S.Dexter 
The Meaning and the Mining of Legal Texts; M.Hildebrandt
Have the Humanities Always been Digital? For an Understanding of the 'Digital Humanities' in the Context of Originary Technicity; F.Frabetti
Present, Not Voting: Digital Humanities in the Panopticon; M.Terras
Analysis Tool or Research Methodology: Is There an Epistemology for Patterns?; D.Dixon 
Do Computers Dream of Cinema? Film Data for Computer Analysis and Visualization; A.Heftberger
The Feminist Critique: Mapping Controversy in Wikipedia; M.Currie 
How to See One Million Images? A Computational Methodology for Visual Culture and Media Research; L.Manovich
Cultures of Formalization: Towards an Encounter Between Humanities and Computing; J.van Zundert, A.Antonijevic, A.Beaulieu, K.van Dalen-Oskam, D.Zeldenrust & T.Andrews
Trans-disciplinarity and Digital Humanity: Lessons Learned from Developing Text Mining Tools for Textual Analysis; Y.Lin



Dr. David M. Berry
Senior Lecturer in Digital Media
(Associate Professor in Media Studies)

Department of Political and Cultural Studies
Swansea University
Singleton Campus

Tel: 01792 602633


Room: Room JC015, James Callaghan Building

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