According to Whom: Defining Digital Humanities

Disciplines need a home. But what do you do with the ones that do not have a home?

Why can’t disciplines get along? And take from each other?

And then disciplines get away from rhetoric


(my sad attempt at figuring out where DH fits in the sign system and this “third space”)

I had so many questions when reading Alexander Reid’s chapter “Digital Humanities Now and the Possibilities of a Speculative Digital Rhetoric.” I’m not sure why, but this one frustrated me the most because I didn’t know what digital humanities was or speculative theory or how everything fits together.

I did get that the humanities needs to be rethought, so I guess I should figure out what humanities are considered now. Steve’s general test of whether or not a discipline is a humanity rings true for most: if it needs a stats class, then it is not a humanity.

After deciding which is which, Reid offers that the digital humanities can be identified only by using methods that math and science cannot support. The issue that is in flux at the moment is “the identification of cultural objects and practices as knowable only through a limited set of humanistic methods” (16).


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