Digital Humanities

The (fairly new) research area of Digital Humanities is concerned with creating and using concepts in order to save, provide, connect and visualise digital data in the humanities.

Furthermore, it investigates the consequences of using digital media for academia, research and the society as a whole: Which questions can the digital material answer, which questions are changed by the material, and how? Also, how is research changing when digital sources are being used?

Digital humanists work in fields as varied as (art) history, urban studies, literature and linguistics, applying computational tools to gain insight. Distant reading, for instance, is used to study large amounts of texts and as such closely related to corpus linguistics. Such an analysis can not only lead to results that are interesting for literary studies scholars but to information about behavioural and cultural changes. In fact, computational linguistics and text analysis are seen by many as the origin of digital methods in the humanities.


For more information, please refer to slides prepared by S. Lethbridge, A. Schreurs-Morét, and Ch. Mair as part of a Digital Humanities lecture series at the University of Freiburg.

Further reading:

Gold, Matthew K., ed. 2016. Debates in the Digital Humanities. Ann Arbor: The University of Minnesota Press.

Berry, David M., ed. 2012. Understanding Digital Humanities. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Klein, Julie T. 2015. Interdisciplining Digital Humanities: Boundary Work in an Emerging Field. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.