The Visual Digital Humanities - Topics, Researchers and Cultures

Sander Munster, Melissa Terras

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The data foci of digital humanities are texts, images and objects. While the use of digital methods in the text-oriented disciplines is currently widely established and stand-ardized, a scope of digital methods related to images and other visual objects and basing on vision rather than close reading remains – despite various attempts – essentially undis-covered. Against this background, three areas of usage of visual oriented methods and ap-proaches are of interest for our investigation: (a) Scholars working in visual digital hu-manities, (b) Fields of research, topics and methods used by these scholars, (c) Institution-alization & disciplinary culture of these scholars. Investigations were done via 15 expert interviews with researchers in London and 6 interviews in Los Angeles as well as via two surveys with more than 900 participants each. Key findings are about disciplinary back-grounds and about how scholars enter the digital humanities as well as topics and interna-tional collaborations and project funding.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020
EventDigital Humanities 2020v - Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 20 Jul 202024 Jul 2020


ConferenceDigital Humanities 2020v
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  • bibliometrics
  • survey
  • digital humanities
  • scholarly community


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