Digital Humanities

Matthew Jockers discusses with students at the Nebraska Literary Lab
Digital Humanities
Scholarship at the intersection of humanities and technology

Digital Humanities in the Department of English

Imaginative reasoning helps us "re-frame how we look at the world” and is vividly illustrated by teaching and research in digital humanities. DH reframes the way we have traditionally seen, understood, analyzed, published, and preserved our cultural heritage. All of these processes, long taken for granted, can be analyzed and, to varying extents, remade. For example, scholarship in DH tends to be collaborative rather than solitary in nature. The team-oriented approach means that questions larger than one person could undertake can be addressed. The scholarly products of DH can hold transformative potential when they allow the public to participate in the creation or reconsideration of cultural knowledge. Traditional academic hierarchies are also frequently unsettled in a DH working environment. Study of the past always involves selection, and sometimes academic focus has been too narrowly restricted to an archive of texts that limit what we can imagine as our usable past. The more expansive sets of data now purporting to be our past have their own problems of collection and curation, but they are more complete than what we’ve worked with in the past. Being self-conscious about even their limitations can help move us forward socially and intellectually.

The Center for Digital Research in the Humanities

The Center for Digital Research is a joint initiative of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries and the College of Arts & Sciences. The Department of English works closely with the Center to promote collaborative, transdisciplinary digital humanities research and provide mentoring opportunities for the next generation of humanities scholars.