What should we talk about on this blog?

There has been some discussion offline (over lunch etc.) as to what sorts of things we might want to discuss in this blog, which should be relevant both to colleagues at KCL and to anyone with an interest in Digital Humanities. Here are some of the suggestions we came up with a few weeks ago (some of these have already been written about). In a way, it doesn’t matter who starts the conversation, because I would expect the post to largely be posing the question, and the comments thread to be where answers and opinions really come out. Please add suggestions at will.

  • Who is Digital Humanities?
    (not “what is” because that’s a silly question…)
  • What is the audience for a Digital Humanities blog?
  • What is the agenda of a Digital Humanities blog?
  • Why blog in the Digital Humanities?
  • What does Digital Humanities research look like?
  • What does Digital Humanities publication look like?
  • What does Digital Humanities work look like?
  • What does Digital Humanities teaching look like?
  • What does Digital Humanities “service” look like?
  • What should Digital Humanities tools look like?
  • How do you have a research agenda when you don’t have a tenured job?
  • What is new in the Digital Humanities?
  • What does “new” mean in the Digital Humanities?
  • Does DH have a special role in arguing for the value of the Humanities?
  • Is a blog the right venue for this sort of conversation?
  • How do we make DH relevant to Humanities and Computer Science academics at the same time?
  • What is a “work in progress”? Is anything ever “finished”?

Really just pick something and write about it off the top of you head. We’ll all chip in. Don’t worry about whether someone else has already picked the topic, because your two paragraphs will be different from my two paragraphs anyway. (And of course, these suggestions are in no way prescriptive or exclusive.)

3 thoughts on “What should we talk about on this blog?

  1. Thanks for the comment. Yes, I don’t think anyone here thinks that we’re providing definitive answers to these questions (nor most likely has anyone before), so much as kicking off discussion and debate. Most of these questions have no definitive answers, or if they did they would be the wrong questions and kind of banal.

    Is there anything in particular you’d be interested in seeing discussed here?

  2. The DH, like all fields, has a strong reflective component about its purpose/s and nature of its various components . But I also think that it is OK to take a strong lead. Reflection can often get in the way of forging ahead. I think that CCH more than anyone is attuned with the scholarly values and research needs within the field; this is the fabric in which research is woven. Questions such as what you think are the major new technologies on the horizon that are appropriate for the humanities; what are the dangers of the relationships with a new and somewhat politically weak field such as Com Sci? What are the schools of though emerging in the broader field etc.) Where is the most interesting research happening etc? Where are the gaps?

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