On November 2, the first Miami University Digital Humanities Forum brought together members of the Miami community to share perspectives and build community around the digital humanities. Co-sponsored by the Miami University Libraries and the Humanities Center, the forum featured a wide range of digital approaches to the questions traditionally associated with inquiry in the humanities. Conceived as annual events, these forums welcome presentations linked to both research and instruction, as well as presentations that challenge or critically consider the field and practice of digital humanities.
The first Miami DH Forum was held online on November 2, 2020 (some presentations from this forum can viewed on the DH Forum 2020 tab, on the left-hand side of the screen).
Like the humanities, digital humanities can be challenging to define. At the Miami Libraries, we understand DH broadly, to include a wide variety of practices in which digital technologies facilitate research or learning in the humanities. These include, for example, computational analysis of cultural forms such as texts, images, or music, as well as teaching methods that leverage digital tools to provide new ways for learners to engage with questions or materials associated with human culture and values. We regard critical discourse surrounding digital humanities and the social function of digital technologies as not only within the scope of digital humanities, but as essential to its ethical practice.
Here at Miami, the Libraries work to provide access to digital humanities services and tools, and serve as a point of connection between students and faculty members who are engaged in digital humanities research.