My latest at NITLE’s Techne blog: Finding Capacity in Digital Humanities at Liberal Arts Colleges

July 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on July 24, 2012 at NITLE’s Techne blog,

This post introduces a new series of blog posts on building capacity in the digital humanities at small liberal arts colleges.

How do you find digital humanists who’ve never heard of the digital humanities?   Many small liberal arts colleges are now facing this quandary as they try to build capacity in the digital humanities on their campus.  The natural first step in such an effort is a search for those already engaged on campus.  Sometimes, however, those using digital methods in the humanities, don’t necessarily self-identify as digital humanists. I first experienced this phenomenon when talking to a faculty member who was part of Hamilton College’s Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi).

“I didn’t know I was a digital humanist,” he told me when I asked him how he got involved in digital humanities.

But he wasn’t the last.  When faculty members uncover their secret identity as digital humanists, there’s typically some relief in their voices, as if they’re thinking, “It’s nice to know the disease has a label” or “Maybe I’m not so weird.  Look at all the other digital humanists out there . . . ” « Read the rest of this entry »


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