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Invisible interpretations: reflections on the digital humanities and intellectual history

Hill, Mark J (2017) Invisible interpretations: reflections on the digital humanities and intellectual history. Global Intellectual History, 1 (2). pp. 130-150. ISSN 2380-1883. (doi:10.1080/23801883.2017.1304162) (KAR id:90149)

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Much has been made of the digital humanities, yet it remains an underexplored field in relation to intellectual history. This paper aims to add to the little literature which does exist by offering a survey of the ideas and issues facing would-be practitioners. This includes: an overview of what the digital humanities are; reflections on what they offer intellectual history and how they may be problematic in regard to, first, accessing texts, and second, analysing source material; and a conclusion with three reflections on future best practices – to be sceptical of digital sources, to be reflective of methodologies and how they may need to be modified when engaging with the digital humanities, and to embrace more directly the methodological, statistical, and technical aspects behind digital humanities. The aim is not to provide all the answers – at this stage that is impossible – but to be part of an emerging and ongoing discussion.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/23801883.2017.1304162
Uncontrolled keywords: Intellectual history; digital humanities; Cambridge school; history of ideas; big data; text analysis
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mark Hill
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2021 14:22 UTC
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2021 12:11 UTC
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