Some 10 percent of humanities scholars currently self-identify as digital humanists, which is either an alarmingly large encroachment or a too-modest development, depending whom you ask. As such, digital humanities is the consummate academic hot-button topic: Everyone has vehement opinions, but few actually know what they’re talking about.
what is “DH,” as the academic cool kids call it (and yes, “academic
cool kids” is a misnomer)? Should everyone writing a Chaucer
dissertation learn how to code, and if so, why? Will DH be the Facebook
of the academy—or its Pets.com?
The field itself isn’t actually new.
According to Roopika Risam, assistant professor of English at Salem
State University and co-founder (with Richard Stockton College assistant
professor Adeline Koh) of the project Postcolonial Digital Humanities,
it is the current incarnation of humanities computing, which has been
around since computers were the size of a room.