5 Responses to Civic Engagement & Digital Humanities

  1. jamesdcalder on December 9, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    I think this is a good topic for anyone involved in public history/humanities, certainly something I deal with on a regular basis at the Humanities Council. I remember something along these lines coming up at the CHNM Thatcamp this year- I think there was a consensus that all (or the vast majority of) Digital Humanists and also Public Humanists/Historians, but not all Public Humanists/Historians are Digital Humanists. I think that is an interesting way to engage in this topic, and I wonder if people agree or disagree with that statement. I certainly would argue that, since there is undoubtedly a strong “public” element in Digital Humanities (along with very strong scholarly, theoretical, historiographical, etc. elements), DH provides an excellent opportunity to offer serious scholarship in a public way.

  2. jamesdcalder on December 9, 2009 at 5:07 pm



    “I think there was a consensus that all (or the vast majority of) Digital Humanists and also Public Humanists/Historians”

    I meant

    “I think there was a consensus that all (or the vast majority of) Digital Humanists **ARE** also Public Humanists/Historians”

    which makes a lot more sense.

  3. Lewis Ulman on January 1, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Great topic! I will be teaching a course this winter that combines academic work with a digital oral history project. The most challenging aspect has been forging the community connections and working out the logistics — something we clearly need to do on a more regular, reciprocal basis. I look forward to learning more about your work at THATCamp.

  4. Marjorie McLellan on January 11, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    I agree that the relationships and logistics are a challenge for these projects. I am looking forward to our shift to semesters so that there is more time to develop projects. I am teaching two linked Service Learning-Civic Engagement courses on Community Development this Winter and Spring. Students will be working in the field on a Dayton project, Culture Builds Community. The first quarter they will be doing interviews and asset maps. During the second quarter, they will be involved in programs. The integration of digital resources with both the students, project staff, and the communities involved in this project are the challenges that I’m still thinking through and I’m eager to hear about these related projects.

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