Matthew Kirschenbaum offers some crucial information regarding the digital humanities and its effects on English departments across the nation. At the core of his article, we recognize just how much the digital humanities have grown and influenced the format of pedagogical, literary, and scholarly content in the past few decades. However, it is also noted that of all academic disciplines, the digital humanities has become most apparent in English. Kirschenbaum points out that “digital humanities has accumulated a robust professional apparatus that is probably more rooted in English than any other departmental home” (1). Although for English scholars this news may sound encouraging and beneficial to their studies, if the digital humanities wish to hold the values of “collaboration” and “openness” to all departments and disciplines, we must continue to spread the information in a way that will reach and influence scholars beyond those in the English field (5).
What better way to share material on the digital humanities than digitally? As Kirschenbaum notes, nearly half of digital humanists correspond through Twitter (5). Additionally, the University of Alberta started the “Day of Digital Humanities” a few years ago which is “an open community publication project that will bring together scholars interested in the digital humanities from around the world to document what they do on one day” (Kirschenbaum 4, “Day of DH”). Typically, on May nineteenth, people around the globe digitally share their activities of that day and use the hashtag “#dayofdh” to become a part of the event and digital humanities community. Since most university students of all disciplines have a personal Twitter account today, what better way to communalize the departments than through a digital platform they all use? Thus, the Day of Digital Humanities could allow the proper growth, beyond English, that it still needs.
“Day of Digital Humanities.” Web. 16 Jan. 2016. <http://dayofdh2015.uned.es/about>
Kirschenbaum, Matthew G. “What Is Digital Humanities and What’s It Doing in English Departments?” ADE Bulletin 150 (2010): 1-7.