1st Edition

Transformative Digital Humanities Challenges and Opportunities

Edited By Mary McAleer Balkun, Marta Mestrovic Deyrup Copyright 2020
    204 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    204 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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"



    Mary McAleer 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 Mestrovic Deyrup is Professor/Outreach and Humanities Librarian 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 editor of Digital Scholarship and the author or editor of eight other books and numerous articles on scholarly communication, Slavic librarianship, and information-seeking behavior.

    "Transformative Digital Humanities […] comprises thoughtfully curated essays on topics that are currently at the fore of many institutional conversations […] In dismantling traditional norms that have become associated with DH, the volume makes way for new research areas and ideas that may be constructively challenging. […] Each essay is meticulously researched, and substantial bibliographies offer an abundance of material for scholars." -- C. Huffaker, Utica College

    *this review was included in the August 2021 issue of CHOICE.