Debates in the Digital Humanities

Matthew K. Gold has made available online an open access edition of Debates in the Digital Humanities (University of Minnesota Press, 2012). This 2013 online edition also allows users to select and mark passages to express interest to the community, or help tag sentences for the index, providing an interactive reading experience through a social reading platform. An expanded open access edition is forthcoming, as new essays are added to the digital edition.

Debates in the Digital Humanities brings together leading figures in the field to explore its theories, methods, and practices and to clarify its multiple possibilities and tensions. From defining what a digital humanist is and determining whether the field has (or needs) theoretical grounding, to discussions of coding as scholarship and trends in data-driven research, this cutting-edge volume delineates the current state of the digital humanities and envisions potential futures and challenges. At the same time, several essays aim pointed critiques at the field for its lack of attention to race, gender, class, and sexuality; the inadequate level of diversity among its practitioners; its absence of political commitment; and its preference for research over teaching.