Welcome from the Director

“Digital Humanities is born of the encounter between traditional humanities and computational methods.”

Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter  Lunenfeld, Todd Presner & Jeffrey Schnapp, Digital_Humanities (2012)

“We are in the midst of a frenzy of innovation.”

Ann Balsamo, Designing Culture: the Technological Imagination at Work (2011)



Claire Potter, Director of the Digital Initiative at The New School

Digital humanities was born out of something called “humanities computing,” practices developed by historians, literary scholars, philosophers and other humanists beginning in the mid-twentieth century. These forerunners of our field imagined a basic task that is still at the heart of what we do: creating and grappling with large data sets, visualizing knowledge, and using technology to reconceptualize the design of a typical humanities research problem.

In a way, the point of digital humanities remains the same: to ask better questions, sometimes bigger questions and use the power afforded by technology to answer those questions the best we can.

In addition to becoming more familiar with technology, in each of our #DH courses, work opportunities, fellowships  and projects you will enhance your critical thinking, your research and organization skills, and your knowledge of a traditional humanities field. Whether you are a faculty member, a student or a staff member, by taking #DH courses you will learn:

  • What your computer can do, how it can help you do your work better, and why together you are smarter than you are alone.
  • How to design a digital space so that it isn’t just attractive, but makes an argument.
  • How to choose the right tools for what you want to do.
  • The art — and pleasure — of collaboration.
  • How to do what you want to do —  scholarship, art, activism, community building, professional work — better.
  • How to reach people with your ideas.

Take a course, complete the minor, join a project or launch your own project. Interested? Contact:

Claire Potter
Professor of History and
Director of the Digital Humanities Initiative
School of Undergraduate Studies
The New School