Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Today is the final #DietDH reading group meeting for 2015 Spring semester. After reviewing the four readings, I thought back to the previous discussions from the semester meetings. There are a couple of topics that reoccur from the reading groups conversation and shared experiences with projects, which are also current debates in digital humanities. They are: How is humanities research being represented or are the digital tools considered over the specific research? Research and knowledge are continuously evolving over time and filtering is needed for web base research to produce a foundation for specific research/ project?
While the main objective of the reading group wasn’t to resolve these current debates, my perspective on this opportunity was the ability to contribute and listen to a diverse dialog on current theoretical writings and the use of the Internet with contemporary projects. One of our readings, Open Thread: The Digital Humanities as aHistorical “Refuge” from Race/ Class/ Gender/ Sexuality/ Disability? is a virtual dialog from 2013. This thread has been condensed and posted on a new link, Room for Everyone at the DH Table? I see this as another form of filtering information, but at least the original open thread is still intact to be reviewed. This enables a current analysis to be applied to the present dialogs pertaining to digital humanities. Of course depending on the perspective (subjective or collaborative) a depiction of what is lacking or the redundancies will be examined and evolve the traditional and digital humanities.
From my one-year perspective with the #DietDH reading group and today’s reading, especially the open thread, it has made me regard my research in a different manner. The practical means are in reference to the structuring and sustainability with the content, the use of digital tools, and Internet platforms. Also, It is absolutely necessary to continue the dialog whether virtual or in person to gain access to the varied perspectives of digital humanities.