I just spent three days at Humanities, Arts Sciences and Technology Alliance and Colaboratory (HASTAC) 2015 conference on the theme: “Art and Science of Digital Humanities.” I did some livetweeting, which I’ve been doing regularly at conferences but mostly I took notes directly to this post which I then edited to summarize my observations on recurring and important themes from the conference.
- This might say more about the kinds of conferences I attend, but this is the most diverse conference community I’ve ever seen.
- Perhaps not surprisingly for a digital humanities project, it’s also the youngest conference crowd I’ve ever seen. There are many more people in literature and languages using digital humanities in their pedagogy and research than any other field.
- I participated in recurring discussions of importance and difficulty of interdisciplinarity. Why do we hyperspecialize? Why do we entrench? Funding structures and disputes over resources seem to drive divisions that don’t necessarily serve our ends in digital humanities.
- A woman whose native tongue was not English kept referring to digital humanity in a panel on using digital resources in medieval studies, which got me thinking is our humanity digital?
- I had several discussions about ambiguity. Ambiguity is at the heart of humanities. Does technology excise the ambiguity in a way that is problematic or can it give students more opportunities to struggle with readings and making their own case for how to read or understand a text?