Core or periphery? Digital humanities from an archaeological perspective

Huggett, J. (2012) Core or periphery? Digital humanities from an archaeological perspective. Historical Social Research: Historische Sozialforschung, 37(3), pp. 86-105.

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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 emphasises 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.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Part of the Cologne Dialogue on Digital Humanities 2012 - see (Controversy 3)
Keywords:Digital humanities, digital archaeology, GIS
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Huggett, Dr Jeremy
Authors: Huggett, J.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Journal Name:Historical Social Research: Historische Sozialforschung
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