Beyond the digital humanities
Final Network Conference
5 May 2015, Senate House, University of London
Hosted by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and held at Senate House in central London, this was final event of the ESF-funded Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities (NeDiMAH.eu) which has been chaired by the UK from 2011-15. The event reviewed the lessons that have emerged from the work of NeDiMAH and other current initiatives in the UK and elsewhere, and looked forward to key emerging challenges and opportunities in and around the digital humanities.
Some commentators argue that we are now in a ‘post-digital era’, in which we are coming to terms with the effects of the changes associated with the rise of the PC and network technologies in the 1990s. Within the arts and humanities, digital methods were initially developed and deployed by a relatively small community, but they are now becoming more mainstream and can no longer be treated as separate specialised activities. Moreover, research questions, primary materials and interfaces are now becoming increasingly intertwined, which among other things means a shift in emphasis from the presentation to interpretative tools. As a result of these and other developments, while digital humanities has become increasingly popular and influential as an academic subject area, its relationship to more orthodox academic disciplines and creative practice looks increasingly complex and unclear.
This day built on the work undertaken by NeDiMAH and elsewhere to consider and identify future potential links and connections which will help develop the vision of a digitally transformed arts and humanities. It considered the relationship between policy, research and practice in this area and examined its potential contribution to such current grand challenges as creative cities, cultural heritage, big data and the relationship to new forms of science.
Professor Lorna Hughes, School of Advanced Study, University of London
Professor Andrew Prescott, University of Glasgow and Leadership fellow for Digital Transformations Theme, Arts & Humanities Research Council
The event was co-sponsored by the United Kingdom’s Arts and Humanities Research
Council Digital Transformations theme.
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