Welcome to a HASTAC Scholars Discussion Forum on
The Future of the Digital Humanities
Director of the Office of Digital Humanities,
National Endowment for the Humanities
hosted by HASTAC Scholars
Michael Gavin (Rutgers University)
and Kathleen Smith (University of Illinois at
This forum addresses the question ?Where do the digital humanities go from here??
Brett Bobley serves as the Chief Information Officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and is also the Director of the agency?s Office of Digital Humanities (ODH). Under ODH, Brett has put in place new grant programs aimed at supporting innovative humanities projects that utilize or study the impact of digital technology. He has a master's degree in computer science from the Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago. In 2007, Brett was recognized by the President of the United States for his exceptional long-term accomplishments with a Presidential Rank Award.
For HASTAC scholars, the increasing demand for collaborative projects across many disciplines presents unparalleled opportunities, particularly for those at an early stage in their professional careers. The NEH/ODH is a major supporter of digital humanities initiatives and welcomes applications involving innovative new projects, and Brett agreed to share his thoughts on the future and to discuss NEH priorities for providing support. As a starting point for our discussion, we proposed some initial interview questions to Brett. Read the full transcript of Brett Bobley's interview here.
Please join us in welcoming Brett to the HASTAC Scholars forum!
So, we turn these questions over to you:
- 1) What do you see as the most exciting innovations happening right now in the field of digital humanities?
- 2) How is digital technology transforming your work?
- 3) When it comes to the digital humanities, what should administrators focus on, whether at universities or other institutions like the NEH? What is the role of grad students and junior faculty?
While you are welcome to join the conversation vertically by adding a text comment, we also invite you to join in the horizontal conversation by contributing a vlog via Seesmic. To add a vlog to the discussion, just click on the "Reply" or "Start a new conversation" buttons below. It requires an account on www.seesmic.com (these are free and very simple to register for), and you will either need a web cam or some other video format you can upload. Replies to the original vlog are included in the same video widget; clicking on the thumbnail pics at the bottom of the video will play these responses. The responses run in order from Mike?s original vlog to the most recent response.