Debates in the Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities, Recursive Communities, and the Future of Scholarly Communication

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Why do the digital humanities matter? From data-driven explorations of digitized texts to networked pedagogical experiments that connect classrooms across institutions and countries, the digital humanities is fostering new possibilities for academic work. Describing the broad contours of this emerging field and exploring in particular the areas of scholarly publishing and digital pedagogy, this talk builds on Christopher Kelty’s notion of “recursive publics” to argue that academics should play an active role in the creation and sustenance of the digital platforms they use, or soon will be, in their research and teaching.

This lecture is a part of the launch of the Institute for Humanities Research Nexus Lab for Digital Humanities and Transdisciplinary Informatics. Coinciding with the IHR’s ongoing Digital Humanities Initiative, the Nexus Lab will incubate new digital projects and foster broadly-based collaborations and research partnerships. The lab will also explore computation as a means to empower humanities researchers to engage new questions and challenges.

RSVP now and learn more about other Institute for Humanities research events for the launch of the Nexus Lab, including an open house at the Nexus Lab and a round table discussion with scholars from the humanities and arts, as well as Jaime Casap, Global Education Evangelist for Google!


Matthew K. Gold is Associate Professor of English and Digital Humanities at City Tech and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. At the Graduate Center, he holds teaching appointments in the Ph.D. Program in English, the M.A. in Liberal Studies Program, and the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Doctoral Certificate Program, and he serves as Advisor to the Provost for Master’s Programs and Digital Initiatives, Director of the CUNY Academic Commons, Co-Director of the CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative, and Director of the GC Digital Scholarship Lab. He is editor of Debates in the Digital Humanitiesa scholarly anthology and open-access web platform. His digital humanities projects, including Looking for Whitman, Commons In A Box, and JustPublics@365 have been supported by grants from the NEH Office of Digital Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. He serves on the Executive Council of the Association for Computers and the Humanities and the editorial board of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. He can be found at and on twitter @mkgold.

This event is sponsored by the Institute for Humanities Research and the School of International Letters and Cultures.

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