PaulSpence

Centres, labels and borders: locating the digital humanities internationally

Paul Spence

King’s College – London

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Paul Spence é Professor Associado em Humanidades Digitais no Departamento de Humanidades Digitais do King’s College de Londres – onde atuou também como coordenador de projetos e chefe de departamento. Seus interesses de pesquisa incluem a filologia digital, a modelagem de textos, a edição digital e a aplicação de métodos e tecnologias das Humanidades Digitais para estudos hispânicos e hispano-americanos. Foi responsável pelo desenvolvimento de matrizes para buscas semânticas baseadas em XML e pela área de publicação digital em mais de 40 projetos – incluindo o Fine Rolls of Henry IIIGascon Rolls Project 1317-1468Out of the Wings‘La entretenida’ digital editionEarly English Laws e o Mapping the Medieval Countryside. É Tesoureiro da ADHO e da ALLC-Associação Europeia de Humandiades Digitais, e tem participado ativamente junto às associações hispânicas de Humanidades Digitais, como a CHARTA e a Humanidades Digitales Hispánicas (HDH). / Paul Spence is Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities at the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London, where he has been project manager and acting head of department. His research interests include digital scholarship, text modelling, digital edition/publication and the application of Digital Humanities methods and tools to Spanish and Spanish American studies. He has been responsible for the development of XML-based and semantically aware frameworks for information retrieval and digital publication on over 40 research projects, including Fine Rolls of Henry IIIGascon Rolls Project 1317-1468Out of the Wings, the ‘La entretenida’ digital editionEarly English Laws and Mapping the Medieval Countryside. He is Treasurer of both ADHO and ALLC-the European Association for Digital Humanities, and is active in Spanish-speaking associations interested in the digital humanities, such as CHARTA and Humanidades Digitales Hispánicas (HDH).

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Abstract

The sudden rise in interest in the ‘digital humanities’ in recent years has sparked a significant debate about the role, effect and academic status of an activity which presents both opportunities and challenges to the ‘traditional’ humanities. But just what are the factors affecting the growth of the digital humanities? What have been its practical and epistemic centres of reference, and to what extent do differences in labelling practices (digital humanities/ humanities computing/digital humanities & social sciences/digital humanities & digital culture) reflect deeper intellectual and institutional chasms?
Alan Liu asks “where is cultural criticism in the digital humanities?” (Liu 2011). We might equally ask “where is discussion of the multicultural/multilingual in the digital humanities?” Patrick Svensson affirms that “the territory of the digital humanities is currently under negotiation” (Svensson 2010) and nowhere is this truer than in the cultural/linguistic sphere, where many have started to address an historic Anglophone bias in the field. This talk will explore the channels for, and obstacles to, the digital humanities as a truly international phenomenon.

Liu, A. ‘Where is Cultural Criticism in the Digital Humanities[?]’, full text of panel on “The History and Future of the Digital Humanities,” Modern Language Association convention, Los Angeles, 7 January 2011, posted at <http://liu.english.ucsb.edu/where-is-cultural-criticism-in-the-digital-humanities/&gt; (accessed 1 July 2013).
Svensson, P. (2010) ‘The Landscape of Digital Humanities’ in Digital Humanities Quarterly. Vol 4, Nr 3, 2010. <http://digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/4/1/000080/000080.html&gt;  (accessed 1 July 2013).

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