Ten Challenges for Digital Humanities and the Way Forward

Ten Challenges for Digital Humanities and the Way Forward

George Pavlidis, Stella Markantonatou, Simon Donig, Adamantios Koumpis
DOI: 10.4018/IJCMHS.2018010101
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Regardless of whether one supports Digital Humanities as a discipline in its own, ‘traditional' Humanities are transforming with the incorporation of computational approaches. In this short position paper, we outline ten challenges that we consider important and propose to kick-off an in-depth dialog for the future shaping of Digital Humanities, without prejudices and preconceptions. The presentation of the challenges situates them with respect to trends and evolutionary developments in society and technology, and some first comments are being made in kicking-off the dialog for the shaping of the future.
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The Challenges

In the following paragraphs, we list some of the challenges, which we consider to be at the heart of the research agenda in Digital Humanities for the future. It is our understanding that this might be a draft agenda, one which other academics and research colleagues will be able to elaborate by providing their views.

Challenge 1: Stop Caring (So Much) to Maintain the Balance With Humanities

The first challenge is the most important one and it may take some time to materialize; however, it is worth putting it first because it deserves it, as it focuses on the balance with traditional Humanities. Do we expect Digital Humanities to come up with answers on questions posed by the ‘traditional’ Humanities? Or are the former entitled to come up with iconoclastic and novel methods that might pose new questions and challenges to issues that have been regarded as settled or answered? To a greater or lesser extent, all challenges that follow below have their origin back to this first ‘foundational’ challenge.

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