Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016

Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016

Edited by Matthew K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein

If the publication of Debates in the Digital Humanities in 2012 marked the “digital humanities moment,” this book—the first in a series of annual volumes—will chart the possibilities and tensions of the field as it grows.

632 Pages, 7 x 10 in



Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016

Series: Debates in the Digital Humanities

Edited by Matthew K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein

ISBN: 9780816699544

Publication date: May 18th, 2016

632 Pages


10 x 7

"Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016 is a great collection of current thinking by practitioners, theorists, enthusiasts, and skeptics, bringing DH into dialogue with critical race studies, queer theory, institutional politics, and disciplinary concerns in every area of the humanities."—Johanna Drucker, University of California, Los Angeles

"Even if digital humanities “names itself”, it has been one of the most successfully adopted labels in academia, and this annual selection proves once more that the collection can be heterogeneous in both content and formats, including commissioned interviews and position statements."—Neural

"Represents a conscious effort to chart the future course of the digital humanities as one of inclusion and dialogue rather than clearly delimited disciplinary lines—at a time in history when our polarized societal debates tend to fluctuate between the drive to build walls and the need, instead, to extend bridges."—Cincinnati Romance Review

"Gold and Klein present reflections on many pressing issues in DH, and do not shy away from incorporating divergent positions. As its precursor did in 2012, Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016 is sure to become a frequently referenced resource for those working in, or interested by, the field." —Canadian Literature

Pairing full-length scholarly essays with shorter pieces drawn from scholarly blogs and conference presentations, as well as commissioned interviews and position statements, Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016 reveals a dynamic view of a field in negotiation with its identity, methods, and reach. Pieces in the book explore how DH can and must change in response to social justice movements and events like #Ferguson; how DH alters and is altered by community college classrooms; and how scholars applying DH approaches to feminist studies, queer studies, and black studies might reframe the commitments of DH analysts. Numerous contributors examine the movement of interdisciplinary DH work into areas such as history, art history, and archaeology, and a special forum on large-scale text mining brings together position statements on a fast-growing area of DH research. In the multivalent aspects of its arguments, progressing across a range of platforms and environments, Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016 offers a vision of DH as an expanded field—new possibilities, differently structured.

Published simultaneously in print, e-book, and interactive webtext formats, each DH annual will be a book-length publication highlighting the particular debates that have shaped the discipline in a given year. By identifying key issues as they unfold, and by providing a hybrid model of open-access publication, these volumes and the Debates in the Digital Humanities series will articulate the present contours of the field and help forge its future.

Contributors: Moya Bailey, Northeastern U; Fiona Barnett; Matthew Battles, Harvard U; Jeffrey M. Binder; Zach Blas, U of London; Cameron Blevins, Rutgers U; Sheila A. Brennan, George Mason U; Timothy Burke, Swarthmore College; Rachel Sagner Buurma, Swarthmore College; Micha Cárdenas, U of Washington–Bothell; Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Brown U; Tanya E. Clement, U of Texas–Austin; Anne Cong-Huyen, Whittier College; Ryan Cordell, Northeastern U; Tressie McMillan Cottom, Virginia Commonwealth U; Amy E. Earhart, Texas A&M U; Domenico Fiormonte, U of Roma Tre; Paul Fyfe, North Carolina State U; Jacob Gaboury, Stony Brook U; Kim Gallon, Purdue U; Alex Gil, Columbia U; Brian Greenspan, Carleton U; Richard Grusin, U of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Michael Hancher, U of Minnesota; Molly O’Hagan Hardy; David L. Hoover, New York U; Wendy F. Hsu; Patrick Jagoda, U of Chicago; Jessica Marie Johnson, Michigan State U; Steven E. Jones, Loyola U; Margaret Linley, Simon Fraser U; Alan Liu, U of California, Santa Barbara; Elizabeth Losh, U of California, San Diego; Alexis Lothian, U of Maryland; Michael Maizels, Wellesley College; Mark C. Marino, U of Southern California; Anne B. McGrail, Lane Community College; Bethany Nowviskie, U of Virginia; Julianne Nyhan, U College London; Amanda Phillips, U of California, Davis; Miriam Posner, U of California, Los Angeles; Rita Raley, U of California, Santa Barbara; Stephen Ramsay, U of Nebraska–Lincoln; Margaret Rhee, U of Oregon; Lisa Marie Rhody, Graduate Center, CUNY; Roopika Risam, Salem State U; Stephen Robertson, George Mason U; Mark Sample, Davidson College; Jentery Sayers, U of Victoria; Benjamin M. Schmidt, Northeastern U; Scott Selisker, U of Arizona; Jonathan Senchyne, U of Wisconsin, Madison; Andrew Stauffer, U of Virginia; Joanna Swafford, SUNY New Paltz; Toniesha L. Taylor, Prairie View A&M U; Dennis Tenen; Melissa Terras, U College London; Anna Tione; Ted Underwood, U of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign; Ethan Watrall, Michigan State U; Jacqueline Wernimont, Arizona State U; Laura Wexler, Yale U; Hong-An Wu, U of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign.

Matthew K. Gold is associate professor of English and digital humanities at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he is advisor to the Provost for digital initiatives and director of the GC Digital Scholarship Lab.

Lauren F. Klein is assistant professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication and director of the Digital Humanities Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Introduction. Digital Humanities: The Expanded Field
Matthew K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein
Series Introduction
Matthew K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein
Part I. Histories and Futures of the Digital Humanities
1. The Emergence of the Digital Humanities (as the Network is Everting)
Steven E. Jones
2. The “Whole Game”: Digital Humanities at Community Colleges
Anne B. McGrail
3. What’s Next: The Radical, Unrealized Potential of Digital Humanities
Miriam Posner
4. Making a Case for the Black Digital Humanities
Kim Gallon
5. QueerOS: A User’s Manual
Fiona Barnett, Zach Blas, micha cárdenas, Jacob Gaboury, Jessica Marie Johnson, and Margaret Rhee
Blog Posts and Short Entries
6. Father Busa’s Female Punch Card Operatives
Melissa Terras and Julianne Nyhan
7. On the Origin of “Hack” and “Yack”
Bethany Nowviskie
8. Reflections on a Movement: #transformDH, Growing Up
Moya Bailey, Anne Cong-Huyen, Alexis Lothian, and Amanda Phillips
Part II. Digital Humanities and its Methods
9. Blunt Instrumentalism: On Tools and Methods
Dennis Tenen
10. Putting the Human Back into the Digital Humanities: Feminism, Generosity, and Mess
Elizabeth Losh, Jacqueline Wernimont, Laura Wexler, and Hong-An Wu
11. Mid-sized Digital Pedagogy
Paul Fyfe
12. Re: Search and Close Reading
Michael Hancher
13. Why We Must Read the Code: The Science Wars: Episode IV
Mark C. Marino
14. Where is Methodology in Digital Humanities?
Tanya E. Clement
Blog Posts and Short Entries
15. Resistance in the Materials
Bethany Nowviskie
16. Interview with Ernesto Oroza
Alex Gil
17. Digital Humanities Knowledge: Reflections on the Introductory Graduate Syllabus
Scott Selisker
Part III. Digital Humanities and its Practices
18. Alien Reading: Text Mining, Language Standardization, and the Humanities
Jeffrey M. Binder
19. My Old Sweethearts: On Digitization and the Future of the Print Record
Andrew Stauffer
20. Argument, Evidence, and the Limits of Digital Literary Studies
David L. Hoover
21. Pedagogies of Race: Digital Humanities in the Age of Ferguson
Amy E. Earhart and Toniesha L. Taylor
Blog Posts and Short Entries
22. Here and There: Creating DH Community
Miriam Posner
23. The Sympathetic Research Imagination: The Digital Humanities and the Liberal Arts
Rachel Sagner Buurma and Anna Tione Levine
24. Co-Working with the Public: Lessons on Public Humanities from the Civic Sphere
Wendy F. Hsu
Part IV. Digital Humanities and the Disciplines
25. The Differences Between Digital Humanities and Digital History
Stephen Robertson
26. Digital History’s Perpetual Future Tense
Cameron Blevins
27. Collections and/of Data: Art History and the Art Museum in the DH Mode
Matthew Battles and Michael Maizels
28. Archaeology, the Digital Humanities, and the “Big Tent”
Ethan Watrall
29. Navigating the Global Digital Humanities: Insights from Black Feminism
Roopika Risam
Blog Posts and Short Entries
30. Between Knowledge and Metaknowledge: Shifting Disciplinary Borders in Digital Humanities and Library and Information Studies
Jonathan Senchyne
31. “Black Printers” on White Cards: Information Architecture in the Data Structures of the Early American Book Trades
Molly O’Hagan Hardy
32. Public, First
Sheila A. Brennan
Part V. Digital Humanities and its Critics
33. Are Digital Humanists Utopian?
Brian Greenspan
34. The Ecological Entanglements of DH
Margaret Linley
35. Towards a Cu