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Digital Humanities Reading Group

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Alexander Library, Digital Humanities Lab


Dara Walker

The Rutgers Digital Humanities Initiative (DHI) invites Rutgers faculty, students, staff, and scholars in the tri-state area to explore the rich possibilities of the digital humanities in its inaugural reading group. The following questions will guide our discussions and debates: What are the digital humanities (DH)? What is DH theory and how might DH theory transform disciplinary boundaries? Who can do digital humanities work? The reading group is an occasion for scholars who are interested in the digital humanities, regardless of technical expertise, to meet in a structured, low-stakes setting to explore and discuss DH methods, the pedagogical uses of DH, and current debates in the burgeoning field.

The September 19 meeting is an introduction. Paul Israel (History) joins as a discussant. The guiding questions: What are the digital humanities? What is DH theory and how might it transform disciplinary boundaries?

Assigned readings:

How do you define Humanities Computing / Digital Humanities?
The Digital in the Humanities: An Interview with Franco Moretti 
The Digital in the Humanities: An Interview with Jessica Marie Johnson

Recommended reading:

Alan Liu, The Meaning of the Digital Humanities

Monthly meetings will take place in the DH Lab at Alexander Library, 4th floor, Room 406-407. Light refreshments will be provided! Please RSVP here.

Enmanuel Martinez, PhD Candidate, Program in Comparative Literature
Ashleigh Greene Wade, PhD Candidate, Department of Women and Gender Studies
Dara Walker, PhD Candidate, Department of History

Alexander Library
Digital Humanities Lab