Digital Humanities is a dynamic, rapidly growing international field, connecting many researchers and practitioners in the humanities and social sciences with computer scientists and information technology experts to address contemporary research challenges in new ways.
The Digital Humanities Research Group brings together researchers, practitioners and professional staff across disciplines to focus on how digital media and computational methods can open up new avenues of inquiry in the humanities and social sciences, enabling richer understanding of complex social, cultural, economic and environmental issues. With a membership of over 50, our research program represents one of the largest concentrations of researchers in the interdisciplinary digital humanities and social sciences in Australia. The Group acts as an advanced research network and a community for those using digital technology in their research, practice and teaching across all disciplines at Western Sydney University, and it connects with internationally regarded researchers and institutions beyond the University.
The Digital Humanities Research Group is led by Australia's inaugural chair in Digital Humanities, Professor Paul Arthur. Western Sydney University also has the first Senior Lecturer and first Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Digital Humanities in Australia.
Advancing Digital Humanities moves beyond definition of this dynamic and fast-growing field to show how its arguments, analyses, findings, and theories are pioneering new directions in the humanities globally. Contributions cover digital methods, critical curation, and research futures, with theoretical and practical chapters framed around key areas of activity, including modelling collections, data-driven analysis, and thinking through building. These are linked through the concept of 'ambitious generosity', a way of working to pursue large-scale research questions while supporting and enabling other research areas and approaches, both within and beyond the academy.
By Willard McCarty (new edition 2014, originally published 2005, Palgrave Macmillan)
The aim of this book is to provide a rationale for a computing practice that is of and for as well as in the humanities. It engages with many critical perspectives to show how computing helps us fulfil the basic mandate of the humane sciences to ask ever better questions. It explores the challenges of imagining and constructing new scholarly resources. It strengthens current practice by stimulating debate on the role of the computer across all disciplines, examining and developing the key notions of collaboration and interdisciplinarity.