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Associated notions: humanities computing, cultural analytics, humanities 2.0.




Initiatives and Centres


  • Computer and the Humanities, journal, *1966. Founding editor Joseph Raben. The official journal of ACH. From the start invested in computing in the fields such as literary theory, musicology, or art history. Renamed Language Resources and Evaluation in 2005 by the time it diverged away from humanities computing.
  • LLC, The Journal of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, quarterly, *1986. Formerly Literary and Linguistic Computing. OA option for authors. The main print publication of ALLC. Published by Oxford University Press. Edited by Edward Vanhoutte.
  • Southern Spaces, *2004. OA. Published by the Emory University Libraries, ed. Allen Tullos.
  • Digital Medievalist. First issue in 2005. OA. Hosted at the University of Lethbridge, Canada, ed. Malte Rehbein.
  • Digital Humanities Quarterly (DHQ), *2007. OA. Published by ADHO, ed. Julia Flanders, Brown University.
  • Digital Studies / Le champ numérique, First volume in 2009. Published by CSDH/SCHN, in partnership with ADHO. Rptd. issues, 1992-2008.
  • Journal of Digital Humanities, *2011. OA. Initiated by the PressForward project, produced by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. Ed. Daniel J. Cohen (2012-13), currently Lisa M. Rhody, Joan Fragaszy Troyano and Stephanie Westcott.

Mailing lists

  • Ansaxnet, the oldest electronic discussion list for the humanities. Founded by Patrick Conner in 1986.
  • Humanist. Started in May 1987 following the ICCH conference in Columbia, South Carolina. Founding editor Willard McCarty. McCarty has maintained excellent standards of editing and the level of discussion is generally high. Publication of ADHO and the Office for Humanities Communication (OHC), and an affiliated publication of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).

Book Series and Editions



  • Jess Bessinger, Stephen Parrish (eds.), Literary Data Processing Conference Proceedings, 1965. From the 1964 conference at Yorktown Heights. Papers discuss complex questions in encoding manuscript material and also in automated sorting for concordances where both variant spellings and the lack of lemmatization are noted as serious impediments.
  • R.A. Wisbey (ed.), The Computer in Literary and Linguistic Research, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1971. Proceedings from a conference organised by Roy Wisbey and Michael Farringdon at the University of Cambridge in March 1970. Papers deal with the issues such as input, output, programming, lexicography, textual editing, language teaching, and stylistics.
  • Ian Lancashire, Willard McCarty (eds.), Humanities Computing Yearbook, 2 Vols, Oxford University Press, 1988-90, 408+720 pp. Bibliography of projects, software, and publications.
  • Text Encoding Initiative, Guidelines for Electronic Text Encoding and Interchange, 1994. The first systematic attempt to categorize and define all the features within humanities texts that might interest scholars.
  • David Bearman (ed.), Research Agenda for Networked Cultural Heritage, Santa Monica, CA: Getty Art History Information Program, 1996.
  • Susan Schreibman, John Unsworth, Ray Siemens (eds.), A Companion to Digital Humanities, Oxford: Blackwell, 2004.
  • Gary Hall, Digitize This Book!: The Politics of New Media, or Why We Need Open Access Now, University of Minnesota Press, 2008, 301 pp. On open access publishing and archiving written from a critical theory perspective.
  • Johanna Drucker, SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Projects in Speculative Computing, University of Chicago Press, 2009, 264 pp.
  • Marilyn Deegan, Kathryn Sutherland (eds.), Text Editing, Print and the Digital World, Ashgate, 2009, 205 pp.
  • Gary Hall (ed.), Digitize Me, Visualize Me, Search Me: Open Science and its Discontents, Open Humanities Press, 2011-.
  • Stephen Ramsay, Reading Machines: Toward an Algorithmic Criticism, University of Illinois Press, 2011, 98 pp.
  • Matthew Gold (ed.), Debates in the Digital Humanities, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012, 516 pp.
  • David M. Berry (ed.), Understanding Digital Humanities, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. [3]
  • Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner, Jeffrey Schnapp, Digital_Humanities, MIT Press, 2012, 176 pp.
  • Critical Keywords for the Digital Humanities, Lüneburg: Centre of Digital Cultures, Leuphana University, 2014 (forthcoming). [4]

Special issues of journals

Selected Book chapters, Papers, Articles, Talks, Blog posts and Interviews




Spatial humanities, Digital geography, Spatial history, Interdisciplinary humanities, Multimodal publishing, Procedural humanities, Computational humanities.

See also

Software studies



Fields and theories: Classics, Art history, History of architecture, Anthropology, Semiotics, Philosophy of technology, Marxist aesthetics, Design research, Humanities computing, Structuralism, Poststructuralism, Mediology, Media archaeology, Cyberfeminism, Cultural techniques, Neuroaesthetics, Posthumanities, Sensory ethnography, Media ecology, Digital humanities, Software studies, Modern periodical studies, Accelerationism.
Concepts: Faktura, Ostranenie, Biomechanics, Commons, Postmedia, Evil media.
Related theories: Systems theory, Information theory, Cybernetics.