The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Future of Digital Humanities - Closing Keynote DHOxSS


In the constellation of research fields, new configurations are continuously reshaping our ideas of what a field should be. This is particularly the case in the young field of digital humanities which, as David M. Berry noted, started with a focus on improving access to digital repositories and then moved to expanding the limits of archives to include born-digital materials as research objects. Both moves greatly impacted our research practice. However, I argue that we have only started scratching the surface of what digital methods can mean for humanities research. In particular, as our methods and collaborations with other fields have matured, we can now start imagining new types of research questions that go beyond the sum of their ‘digital’ and ‘humanities’ parts – to fundamentally change the nature of the humanities questions that we can ask. For such a reshaping to occur, we need to deepen the connection to our academic neighbours and keep looking beyond our own research community in order to ask these new questions. In my talk, I will present how multi-disciplinary collaborations between historians, linguists, and computer scientists can bring about new insights that may form the first steps to this future.

Oxford, UK