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Cambridge Digital Humanities

 

 

The Digital Humanities rethinks what humanities can be in an age of pervasive computation. DH makes use of innovative tools and methods for investigating both traditional and new forms of data and media, in addition to pursuing opportunities to interrogate and reflect on the knowledge and insight that 'the digital' affords.

By its nature, Digital Humanities is collaborative, encouraging mutually creative interaction between scholars across the humanities and social science disciplines, in computer science and maths, in museums, libraries and galleries, and with experts specializing in computing or digital technologies. Over the past twenty years, DH has acquired an increasingly central role in higher education and beyond because of its potential to transform people, practices and understanding.

Cambridge Digital Humanities is committed to unlocking and augmenting the transformative powers of DH research. Established in 2017, CDH is the latest phase in a strategic process at the University of Cambridge that began with the foundation of the Digital Humanities Network in 2011. CDH has four interlocking divisions: Research, Lab, Learning, and Network.

  • CDH Research is the foundation and focal point of Cambridge Digital Humanities. It supports, promotes, enables and spearheads a wide range of projects, programmes and other activities across the University, in addition to forging links with the external DH research community, funding bodies, and business and industry.
  • The CDH Lab offers high-level project incubation advice and a tailored research support service, drawing upon the expertise of CDH Affiliates in the University Library and University Information Services, and a wealth of computational expertise distributed throughout a large number of Cambridge institutions.
  • CDH Learning delivers training in research methods and transferable skills to enable new and established researchers at all levels in order to create and exploit new practices of digital scholarship.
  • The CDH Network provides a sense of community and identity among those working in Digital Humanities and cognate fields at Cambridge. This includes co-organizing learning and research events for internal and external audiences including a Distinguished Lecture Series and 'Searching Questions' symposia.

CDH is hosted by CRASSH (Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities) and its administrative office is located within the University Library, which is one of its main partners. There are also partnerships with Cambridge University Press, the University's museums sector and institutions and individuals beyond Cambridge. The CDH directorate is guided by steering groups and advisory boards drawn from these various constituencies.

The DH research community at Cambridge extends across four of the University's six Schools, along with the UL, Fitzwilliam Museum, and Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. In addition to DH researchers in the humanities and social sciences departments, colleagues in STEM subjects have taken an active part in DH projects. Cambridge Digital Humanities as a whole offers a dynamic framework to support the most advanced research in the field, and a creative space for exploring and exchanging new ideas. It thrives on the input and engagement of the diversse community that defines it, with the potential to create and shape knowledge and to influence the ways in which we view the world around us.