On Friday, February 9th I attended the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Office of the Digital Humanities at the National Endowment of the Humanities. It was a jam-packed, vivid testimony to the ODH’s vision and work, featuring a keynote by Kate Zwaard, Chief of National Digital Initiatives at the Library of Congress, and John Unsworth, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries at the University of Virginia, shorter remarks from leaders in the digital humanities (Julia Flanders, Jesse Casana, Greg Crane, Amanda French, Dan Cohen, Michele Weigle, Matt Kirschenbaum), and 45 lightning round presentations by 2017 ODH grantees.
While the event focused mainly on how far things have come within the digital humanities world in the last ten years, the ODH’s ten year milestone is also an opportunity to reflect on the relationship between the digital humanities and the humanities-at-large (see this EDUCAUSE report for a great definition of the digital humanities). How are the digital humanities positioned within the academy after about a decade of increasingly institutionally recognized and grant funded activity?
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