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Core or periphery? Digital Humanities from an archaeological perspective

Kern oder Randgebiet? Die Digitalen Geisteswissenschaften aus der Perspektive der Archäologie
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Huggett, Jeremy

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Abstract "The relationship between Digital Humanities and individual humanities disciplines is difficult to define given the uncertainties surrounding the definition of Digital Humanities itself. An examination of coverage within Digital Humanities journals narrows the range but at the same time emphasizes that, while the focus of Digital Humanities might be textual, not all textually-oriented disciplines are equally represented. Trending terms also seem to suggest that Digital Humanities is more of a label of convenience, even for those disciplines most closely associated with Digital Humanities. From an archaeological perspective, a relationship between Digital Archaeology and Digital Humanities is largely absent and the evidence suggests that each is peripheral with respect to the other. Reasons for this situation are discussed, and the spatial expertise of Digital Archaeology is reviewed in relation to Digital Humanities concerns regarding the use of GIS. The conclusion is that a closer relationship is possible, and indeed desirable, but that a direct conversation between Digital Humanities, Digital Archaeology and humanities geographers needs to be established." (author's abstract)
Keywords digitalization; humanities; archaeology; geography; information system; zone; science of history; methodology; interdependence; scientific discipline; comparative research
Classification Humanities; General History; Sociology of Science, Sociology of Technology, Research on Science and Technology
Method empirical; quantitative empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
Page/Pages p. 86-105
Journal Historical Social Research, 37 (2012) 3
Issue topic Kontroversen um die Digitalen Geisteswissenschaften / Controversies around the Digital Humanities
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works