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A "big tent" definition

Great posting, Mirella! It's wonderful to see your thoughts keep percolating after Bookmarks, in this characteristically skeptical, judicious way.

Here's a definition of Digital Humanities by Kathleen Fitzpatrick that I find easier to engage with than Kirschenbaum's (though I admire his work a lot). It's from her ProfHacker post: http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/reporting-from-the-digital-humanities-2010-conference/25473.

She gives a "big tent" definition:

Digital humanities is: "a nexus of fields within which scholars *use computing technologies to investigate the kinds of questions that are traditional to the humanities*, or, as is more true of my own work, who *ask traditional kinds of humanities-oriented questions about computing technologies.*"

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