Our President of the Board of Directors, Jennifer Edmond, is the editor of this newly published volume on ‘Digital Technology and the Practices of Humanities Research’ published by Open Book Publishers in Open Access. The book illuminates the different forces underlying the shifting practices in humanities research today.
How does technology impact research practices in the humanities? How does digitisation shape scholarly identity? How do we negotiate trust in the digital realm? What is scholarship, what forms can it take, and how does it acquire authority?
This diverse set of essays demonstrate the importance of asking such questions, bringing together established and emerging scholars from a variety of disciplines, at a time when data is increasingly being incorporated as an input and output in humanities sources and publications. Major themes addressed include the changing nature of scholarly publishing in a digital age, the different kinds of ‘gate-keepers’ for scholarship, and the difficulties of effectively assessing the impact of digital resources. The essays bring theoretical and practical perspectives into conversation, offering readers not only comprehensive examinations of past and present discourse on digital scholarship, but tightly-focused case studies.
‘This volume began […] with an image. A leaf floats downward from a tree & lands on the surface of a river below, from where it is carried away on eddies & ripples, to a new place far from its origin […] There it may itself cause the formation of further rills and ripples in otherwise undisturbed water […] This image became a metaphor for how the emerging entanglement of technology & its imperatives with the practices and values of humanities research has become not only a point of intersection, but a roiling flow of both predictable and unexpected contingencies.’ Jennifer Edmond
This timely volume illuminates the different forces underlying the shifting practices in humanities research today, with special focus on how humanists take ownership of, and are empowered by, technology in unexpected ways. Digital Technology and the Practices of Humanities Research is essential reading for scholars, students, and general readers interested in the changing culture of research practices in the humanities, and in the future of the digital humanities on the whole.
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