Fasten Seatbelt when Seated

March 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

Digital Humanities means different things to different people, and no two definitions are the same. Of course that’s one of the purposes of Day of DH, to document and discuss what it is, and what it means.

I recently found myself trying to sum DH up to a new audience, a stand-up comedy audience. I was taking part in Bright Club, where academics and researchers educate and entertain a public audience through the medium of comedy. I found myself introducing the traditional humanities disciplines, technology and computing. Then loosely placing DH in the middle, floating about freely, willing to engage with anyone. I did provoke things: is DH ‘too cool’ for traditional humanities scholars, and do we ask ‘textured’ questions that simply don’t fit Computing Science?

The gig was an amazing experience, the audience laughed their heads off, and it even counts on my CV as public engagement. But did I inspire any future DHers? Only time will tell.

P.S. If you ask nicely I may be able to point you in the direction of an mp3 of the gig. It’s properly full of grown-up content!

All change

March 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

It’s an early start, I’m on my way to the airport to fly to Finland, it’ll be a nice change (even if it’s a cold one). So apologies if the posts don’t come thick and fast.

The whole year so far has been a change, having moved in February from the University of Glasgow to be Research Manager for the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities. There is so much for me to get my teeth into, I’ve barely scratched the surface, and no two days are the same as the DH portfolio is so diverse.

Change is good.

Hello Digital Humanities!

March 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

Day of DH 2012 starts tomorrow, and I’ll be up bright and early to catch a flight. It won’t be typical work day, actually it won’t be a work day at all, but I’ll have plenty of opportunity to peck out some DH thoughts as I travel. For now, I’ll start with my definition of what Digital Humanities is (to me):

“The intersection between Arts & Humanities disciplines and technology. A space where new tools are used and developed, and where new ways of looking at and preforming researching become possible. Most of all, it is fun. Fun because it is challenging, each day, every day.”

Hello world!

March 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

Welcome to Day of DH 2012 Sites. We recommend that you test out the software with an About Me post, either by editing this post or deleting it and writing a new one. Enjoy your Day of DH!