Software Intensive Humanities

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Invited talk


This talk describes a chapter in James’ current monograph project, ‘The Digital Modern: Humanities and New Media’ (Palgrave Macmillan), due for completion in 2016. The chapter explores issues raised by the intensive use of software by humanities researchers, through the lens of debates about ‘software-intensive science’ that are troubling scientific research communities. The goal is to define what software-intensive humanities research is, and to explore its implications for daily practice and epistemology. One impact, for example, is to alter practice towards a laboratory-like model where research proceeds through the development and use of tools designed to enhance (or in some cases make possible) research outputs. Such work is embedded in sets of practices and experiences that need to be understood if we are to fully understand the impact of digital modernity on research practices in the humanities, and has special implications for people involved in the development of humanities research laboratories.
Period18 Apr 2016
Held atUniversity of Sussex, United Kingdom