Defining the Digital Humanities

Research Without Borders
April 6, 2011

The definition of the digital humanities, or “humanities computing,” remains contested. Digital humanities scholars are a diverse group whose work is the result of cross-pollination among humanities scholarship, computer science, and digital media. Many well-known digital humanities projects apply tools borrowed from computer science—such as data-mining or geographic information systems—to works of literature, historical documents, and other materials traditionally in the domain of the humanities. But what do digital humanities scholars see as the potential of this interdisciplinary field? And what are the important theoretical and methodological contributions digital humanities can offer to both the humanities and the sciences?


Daniel J. Cohen is an Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University.

Federica Frabetti is a Senior Lecturer in the Communication, Media, and Culture Program at Oxford Brookes University.

Dino Buzzetti recently retired from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bologna.

This event was cosponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference, and the Society of Fellows in the Humanities.