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Disrupting the Digital Humanities

eds. Dorothy Kim and Jesse Stommel

Published onNov 27, 2021
Disrupting the Digital Humanities
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Disrupting the Digital Humanities

Edited by Dorothy Kim and Jesse Stommel

  • ISBN: 978-1-947447-71-4

  • Paperback, 5×8 in., B/W, 514pp.

  • Publication date: November 6, 2018

  • Price: $27

  • BISAC: COM079010, COM079000

  • Thema: UBJ, NHTQ

  • Categories: Technology Studies, Digital Humanities

All too often, defining a discipline becomes more an exercise of exclusion than inclusion. Disrupting the Digital Humanities seeks to rethink how we map disciplinary terrain by directly confronting the gatekeeping impulse of many other so-called field-defining collections. What is most beautiful about the work of the Digital Humanities is exactly the fact that it can’t be tidily anthologized. In fact, the desire to neatly define the Digital Humanities (to filter the DH-y from the DH) is a way of excluding the radically diverse work that actually constitutes the field. This collection, then, works to push and prod at the edges of the Digital Humanities — to open the Digital Humanities rather than close it down. Ultimately, it’s exactly the fringes, the outliers, that make the Digital Humanities both heterogeneous and rigorous.

This collection does not constitute yet another reservoir for the new Digital Humanities canon. Rather, its aim is less about assembling content as it is about creating new conversations. Building a truly communal space for the digital humanities requires that we all approach that space with a commitment to: 1) creating open and non-hierarchical dialogues; 2) championing non-traditional work that might not otherwise be recognized through conventional scholarly channels; 3) amplifying marginalized voices; 4) advocating for students and learners; and 5) sharing generously and openly to support the work of our peers.

Dorothy Kim is Assistant Professor of English, specializing in medieval literature, at Brandeis University. She was a 2013-2014 Fellow at the University of Michigan’s Frankel Institute of Advanced Judaic Studies where she finished a monograph entitled Jewish/Christian Entanglements: Ancrene Wisse and its Material Worlds (forthcoming from Toronto). She also has two books, Digital Whiteness and Medieval Studies and Decolonize the Middle Ages (forthcoming in 2018 with Arc Humanities). She is the co-project director in the NEH-funded Scholarly Editions and Translations project, An Archive of Early Middle English, a database for medieval English manuscripts from 1100–1348.

Jesse Stommel is Executive Director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies at University of Mary Washington. He is also Director of Hybrid Pedagogy: An Open-Access Journal of Learning, Teaching, and Technology and Co-founder of the Digital Pedagogy Lab. Jesse is a documentary filmmaker and teaches courses about digital pedagogy, film, and new media.

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