Open Thread: Digital Humanities Outside of the Research University

haguecloudGetting started in the digital humanities is increasingly becoming part of a typical department’s agenda. Less discussed, however, are some of the significant barriers to entry to the digital humanities in the world outside of the research university. Digital humanities projects often require many resources, ranging from computers, software and servers, to a technical support staff and team, and people who are able to train faculty and students to learn various tools. At the same time, while digital pedagogy is an integral part of the digital humanities, emphasis on undergraduate research is less common in the field, which may make it more difficult for people in departments without graduate programs to see the ways in which they can potentially integrate the digital humanities into their undergraduate teaching. Some active in the digital humanities community have voiced some of this difficulty; particularly in relation to definitions of the digital humanities and its relationship to pedagogy and the obstacles to practicing DH in institutions with fewer resources.

Today’s Open Thread asks:

  • What is the state of the digital humanities outside of the research university?
  • How do you “do” the digital humanities with limited resources? 
  • Have you brought digital humanities methods into your teaching and service activities?
  • Do you work together with other institutions to pool resources?
  • What suggestions can you offer to those wanting to enter the field who work in small liberal arts colleges, master’s level institutions and community colleges?

Finally, for those who are interested in thinking through digital humanities within an undergraduate context, I am starting a virtual DH consortium for liberal arts institutions (and anyone else who is interested). If you want to be a part of it, add your name and contact details to this Google document.

Use the comments section below to share your answers to the above questions.

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