What Kind of DHer Are You?
Who's in and who's out is old news - the time is ripe for categorization within the Big Tent!
Do you know how to code?
What is DH for?
Do humanities scholars have a responsibility to learn digital skills?
An English Phd who is studying the use of memes in creating internet subcultures, a computer scientist who creates data mining tools for use in text analysis, and a an artist who works with programmers in a DH lab to create performance pieces walk into a bar. Which one is a DHer?
Is there still a point in talking about who is in and who is out of "digital humanities"?
You're the Rebel! Unlike James Dean, you've definitely got a cause: hacking the academy! The time for peer-reviewed publishing and the monograph is over, and you're just the Digital Humanist to kick those "sacred cows" to the curb. You're fighting spirit will transform the humanities!
You're The Activist! Hacking the academy is for babies. You want to hack the world! Digital humanities has the potential to make real change in our communities - we have to get out of our stuffy ivory tower and start engaging with the public! Action is the name of the game, for you. Discourse inside the academic bubble can only get us so far.
The Team Player
The Team Player
You're the Team Player! For you, DH is all about the collaboration and original projects that come from a synthesis of "the two cultures'. Hacking the academy and saving the humanities are all fine and dandy, but you're really concerned with the possibilities for work that DH allows. The problem is...you're still not quite sure what DH is. Did anyone figure out the tangible parameters of this discursive construct yet?
You're The Superhero! The Humanities is in danger, and you, powerful DHer that you are, are here to save it! Hip, trending humanist that you are, you're here to bring back the pizazz to an otherwise dry and dreary discipline. And you have a cape!
You're The Librarian! New kids on the humanities block are hashtagging DH like their lives depended on it, but you've been doing this stuff for years! Remember when it was still called humanities computing? Good times, good times.
You're The Scientist! Of all the DH types, you really know the ins and outs of forensic and formal materiality. You practically breathe ones and zeros - and you know that real DH requires real computer knowledge and a commitment to building things. If you're not building things, you're not a digital humanist!
You're The Artist! Some might say you fall a bit more on the H side of the DH spectrum, since you're more focused on the digital as a mode of expression than on making tools...but you don't care! You're a free spirit - who needs labels! Who needs coding? Well, you do sometimes - but that's what collaboration is for!