Lecture - Digital Humanities: Intersections and Questions

Interdisciplinary research,
education and capacity building

15 Jun 2017

On June 22, Daniel Carter (UT Austin) will present a lecture, at MIL, exploring the Intersections and Questions in Digital Humanities.


Speaker: Daniel Carter, UT Austin
Date: June 22, 10h30 a.m.
Venue: Anfiteatro 1, U. Porto Media Innovation Labs
Praça Coronel Pacheco, 15
4050-453, Porto
Entrance: Participation is free but registration is needed. If you plan on attending the lecture, please visit https://mil.up.pt/palestras/daniel-carter/

MIL (U. Porto Media Innovation Labs) is the Center of Competences of the University of Porto for the media area, whose mission is to further develop the capacity of the university in the field of media, teaching, research and innovation, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration between existing university structures and articulation with external partners.



The term "digital humanities" can mean a lot of things: a way of doing scholarly work, a funding ploy, an infiltration of the humanities by the corporate university. Just looking at the kinds of projects that get labeled digital humanities, we see a confusing diversity: people preserving digital materials, people preserving non-digital materials, people using digital tools for new creative works, people using digital tools for new analytic work and people talking about digital topics but not using digital tools. In this talk, Daniel Carter will first give a broad overview of digital humanities work. He then will point to several ways that digital humanities work intersects with other fields such as science and technology studies (STS) and information studies. Finally, Daniel Carter will draw attention to lingering questions such as the role of methodology in digital humanities work and how students should be trained.



Daniel Carter is a PhD candidate in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin and will start as a professor of digital media at Texas State University in 2017. His research centers on how new analytic processes such as machine learning impact the knowledge production and work practices of various groups, including digital humanities scholars. He’s also interested in questions around infrastructure, labor and design. In addition to ethnographic methods, he often works with computational methods from natural language processing and social network analysis.