By Marc Parry
Computer-assisted scholarship in the humanities dates back decades. In the past five years, though, the kinds of work collectively known as the digital humanities have taken on fresh luster. Observers have called this technology-inflected research “the next big thing.”
Beyond the headlines and hoopla, digital scholarship has begun to work its way into the academic ecosystem. In the following collection of articles, read more about how the digital humanities play now in the undergraduate classroom, whether they pay off in tenure and promotion, and what it takes to create a work of digital scholarship that will last.
Interest has grown at smaller liberal-arts institutions as well. When Rebecca Frost Davis surveyed that sector in 2012-13 for the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education, she found that 23 of the 32 responding institutions offered courses that covered aspects of digital humanities. Four had full-fledged DH classes, including Bucknell University and Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.