The Digital Humanities and the Digital Modern

Authors: Smithies, James

  • Connects digital humanities with the history, philosophy of technology, and engineering
  • Pioneers the concept of the 'digital modern'
  • Provides a critical and methodological perspective on digital humanities, grounded in the history and philosophy of computing 
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This book provides new critical and methodological approaches to digital humanities, intended to guide technical development as well as critical analysis. Informed by the history of technology and culture and new perspectives on modernity, Smithies grounds his claims in the engineered nature of computing devices and their complex entanglement with our communities, our scholarly traditions, and our sense of self. The distorting mentalité of the digital modern informs our attitudes to computers and computationally intensive research, leading scholars to reject articulations of meaning that admit the interdependence of humans and the complex socio-technological systems we are embedded in. By framing digital humanities with the digital modern, researchers can rebuild our relationship to technical development, and seek perspectives that unite practical and critical activity. This requires close attention to the cyber-infrastructures that inform our research, the software-intensive methods that are producing new knowledge, and the ethical issues implicit in the production of digital humanities tools and methods. The book will be of interest to anyone interested in the intersection of technology with humanities research, and the future of digital humanities.

About the authors

James Smithies is Director of King’s Digital Lab at King’s College London. He was previously Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities and Associate Director of the UC CEISMIC Digital Archive at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Reviews

“This is a book I wish I had written: an expansive yet also focused examination of the digital humanities (and its critics) in their multifarious connections to the technologies, philosophies, and cultural forces of "digital modern" society. The book is unique in its combined theoretical, technical, and ethical perspective. It speaks with great clarity and wide range of reference about digital humanities infrastructure in a systems framework, software-intensive research, artificial intelligence, the "culture" of the digital humanities, and a large ambit of other developments.” (Alan Liu, Distinguished Professor, UC Santa Barbara, USA)

“Smithies offers a compelling new framework for addressing many of the most vexing and contentious issues in the digital humanities. Ranging over a vast body of history, criticism and methodology, The Digital Modern makes a crucial contribution to our understanding of the past, present and future of digital scholarship in the computational era.” (Professor Paul Arthur, Chair in Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Australia)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • The Challenge of the Digital Humanities

    Smithies, James

    Pages 1-15

  • The Digital Modern

    Smithies, James

    Pages 17-45

  • Computation and the Discourse of Crisis

    Smithies, James

    Pages 47-77

  • Artificial Intelligence, Digital Humanities, and the Automation of Labour

    Smithies, James

    Pages 79-111

  • Towards a Systems Analysis of the Humanities

    Smithies, James

    Pages 113-151

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Digital Humanities and the Digital Modern
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-49944-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-49944-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-49943-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 268
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 b/w illustrations
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