Digital humanities and practical memory: modelling textuality

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This paper reflects on the relation between Humanities
and Digital Humanities from scholarly perspectives
intertwined as they are with political stances.
Often characterized as enabling a unifying as
well as transformative sentiment for the Humanities
as a whole, Digital Humanities can be described as a
challenging hybridization of scholarly practices contingent
to social and cultural contexts. The core of
the paper relates to one of the topics of the 2015 conference
on Rethinking Humanities, namely digital
memory, by recalling on the concept of Humanities
as scholarship engaged with meaning-making practices
connecting past and present. Building on the
literature and some co-authored research, I present
a humanities-informed theorization of modelling in
Digital Humanities as a meaning-making practice
enacted in the present and aiming at repurposing the
past. As privileged objects of digital modelling activities,
texts are repurposed via the creation and manipulation
of (digital) external representations. An
informed theory of textuality reminds us how cultural
products embed the processes of their creations
and uses. Can digital models enact such practical
memory and become in themselves strategies to
exercise memory and encode knowledge?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEstudos em Comunicação
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)1646-4974
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017


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