Welcome to this introductory Digital Humanities module. It is both a core module for the Masters in Digital Humanities (MADH) at Maynooth University as well as open to postgraduate students from across the humanities who would like to understand how digital methods are increasingly informing humanities research as well how to embed these methods into their own scholarship.

This module will provide an introduction to the field of Digital Humanities: from its roots after the Second World War, to contemporary issues, concerns, and opportunities. For those who are on the MADH, or for those who choose to go on to take further MADH offerings, this module will introduce many of the themes and challenges that will be taken up in more advances course modules.

Its aim is to provide a grounding in contemporary DH practice and theory, while being cognizant of its history within the various fields of the humanities, as well as computer science, information studies, engineering, cultural heritage, and design. At the end of this module students should be able to:

  • relate the history of Digital HumanitiesScreen Shot 2014-09-20 at 14.16.17
  • characterise current debates and challenges
  • describe the opportunities inherent in multimodal methods of presentation, thinking, and analysis
  • be familiar with current DH tools and methods
  • create a professional blog
  • write about the theories that inform DH research and practice