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Transformative Digital Humanities

Challenges and Opportunities, 1st Edition

Edited by Mary Balkun, Marta Deyrup


216 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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Transformative Digital Humanities takes a two-pronged approach to the digital humanities: it examines the distinct kinds of work currently being undertaken in the field, while also addressing current issues in the digital humanities, including sustainability, accessibility, interdisciplinarity, and funding.

With contributions from humanities and LIS scholars based in China, Canada, England, Germany, Spain, and the United States, this collection of case studies provides a framework for readers to develop new projects as well as to see how existing projects might continue to develop over time. This volume also participates in the current digital humanities conversation by bringing forward emerging voices that offer new options for cooperation, by demonstrating how the digital humanities can become a tool for activism, and by illustrating the potential of the digital humanities to reexamine and reconstitute existing canons.

Transformative Digital Humanities considers what sorts of challenges still exist in the field and suggests how they might be addressed. As such, the book will be essential reading for academics and students engaged in the study of information science and digital humanities. It should also be of great interest to practitioners around the globe.

Table of Contents


Mary McAleer Balkun, Seton Hall University, and Marta Mestrovic Deyrup, Seton Hall University

02 "Introduction"

Susan Schreibman, Maastricht University


03 "Digital Decolonizations: Remediating the Popol Wuj"

Catherine Addington, University of Virginia; Rafael Alvarado, Data Science Institute, University of Virginia; Karina Baptista, University of Virginia; and Allison Bigelow, University of Virginia

04 Throughlines: Social Injustice and Activism in Los Angeles"

Marika Cifor, Bowdoin College, and Britt Paris, UCLA

05 "Digital Humanities and Critical Engagement: The Case of the Scottish Corpus of Texts & Speech and Wee Windaes"

Race MoChridhe, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee


06 "Closer Reading: Digital Libraries as Proponents of Digital Humanities"

Jessica Clemons, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, and Michael Kicey, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

07 "Specialized Information Programs as a Service for Researchers at German Academic Libraries"

Sandra Simon, Herzog August Bibliothek, and Timo Steyer, Herzog August Bibliothek

08 "Dynamic DH Projects from Shanghai, China"

Xue-Ming Bao, Seton Hall University, and Cuijuan Xia, Shanghai Library


09"Building Transformative Digital Projects through Graduate Internships"

Hélène Huet, University of Florida, and Suzan Alteri, University of Florida

10 "Digital Humanities Preservation: A Conversation for Developing Sustainable Digital Projects" A. Miller, Middle Tennessee State University, and Molly Taylor-Poleskey, Middle Tennessee State University

11 "Best Practices for Improving Communication in Digital Humanities"

María-Dolores Olvera-Lobo, Universidad de Granada, and Lola García-Santiago, Universidad de Granada

12 "Sustaining Digital Humanities Initiatives in Challenging Times"

Mary McAleer Balkun, Seton Hall University, and Marta Mestrovic Deyrup, Seton Hall University


13 "Blending Approaches and Methodologies: The Bibliographical Database for the Historiography of Ottoman Europe (HOE)"

Vivian Strotmann, Ruhr-University Bochum

14 "Work from Where You Are: Lessons from an Online Anthology of Early Florida Literature" Alexandra Curran, University of South Florida; Thomas Hallock, University of South Florida; and Gary Austin, University of South Florida

15 "Growing Up Digital: European Women’s Writing and Digital Resource Development"


About the Editors

Mary Balkun is Professor of English, Director of Faculty Development, and co-chair of the Digital Humanities Committee at Seton Hall University. She is also co-chair of the New Jersey Digital Humanities Consortium. She is the author of The American Counterfeit: Authenticity and Identity in American Literature and Culture (2006) and co-editor of three books.

Marta Deyrup is Professor/ Head of Technical Services at Seton Hall University Libraries, co-chair of the Digital Humanities Committee and co-chair of the New Jersey Digital Humanities Consortium. She is the author/editor of nine books and numerous articles on scholarly communication, Slavic librarianship, and digital scholarship.

About the Series

Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities

Digital technologies are increasingly important to arts and humanities research, expanding the horizons of research methods in all aspects of data capture, investigation, analysis, modelling, presentation and dissemination. This series, one of the first and most highly regarded in the field, covers a wide range of disciplines and provides an authoritative reflection of the 'state of the art' in the application of computing and technology. The titles in this peer-reviewed series are critical reading not just for experts in digital humanities and technology issues, but for all scholars working in arts and humanities who need to understand the issues around digital research.

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Subject Categories

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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / General