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The future of digital humanities in research

Date: 26/03/2015

Some commentators argue that we are now in ‘post-digital’ era in which we are coming to terms with vast technological change. Digital Humanities tools and approaches were once the premise of a small group of enthusiasts, but they are increasingly on the research agenda as researchers get to grips with their potential.

However, while digital humanities has become increasingly popular and influential as a subject area, its relationship to more conventional academic disciplines and to creative practice looks increasingly complex.

An event at the School of Advanced Study (University of London) on 5 May 2015 will explore the relationship between policy, research and practice in digital humanities. The event will bring together researchers working in the field from across Europe, and is being organised by the AHRC Digital Transformations theme together with the European Science Foundation (ESF) Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities (NeDiMAH), which the UK has chaired for four years.

Professor Andrew Prescott, Theme Leadership Fellow for the AHRC's Digital Transformations theme, said:

This is an important moment in the engagement of arts and humanities researchers with digital and other technologies. The use of digital technologies is rapidly spreading beyond small inward-looking communities of digital humanities specialists to a wider range of arts and humanities researchers, who are forming new alliances and configurations. The Digital Transformations theme is pleased to be working with NeDiMAH to consider how we can transform the existing assumptions and structures and enable the arts and humanities to address such grand challenges as creative cities, cultural heritage, big data and the relationship to emerging forms of science.

For further information, and to register for the event on 5 May, visit the Beyond the Digital Humanities page.

Notes to Editors

  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class research in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and many more. Each year the AHRC spends approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training often in collaboration with partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds provide considerable economic, social and cultural benefits to the UK. For further information on the AHRC, please go to:www.ahrc.ac.uk
  • The European Science Foundation (ESF) has funded the Network on Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities (nedimah.eu) from 2011, carry out a series of activities and networking events relating to digital research in the arts and humanities across Europe. It will build collaborations and networking between the community of European scholars active in this area, as well as those engaged with creating and curating scholarly and cultural heritage digital collections. The Network ends in May 2015.
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