Special Issue "Digital Text Treatment and Analysis for the Humanities"


A special issue of Humanities (ISSN 2076-0787).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 December 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Julianne Nyhan
Department of Information Studies, University College London, Foster Court, London WC1E 6BT, UK
Website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/dis/people/juliannenyhan
E-Mail: j.nyhan@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 00447906010562
Interests: digital humanities, information studies, oral history, history of computing, text encoding and markup languages

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This is a proposal for a special theme issue of Humanities, an international, peer-reviewed, quick-refereeing scholarly open access journal (free for readers). The relationship of Digital Humanities (DH) to the Humanities is much discussed: it has variously, and with varying levels of plausibility, been argued that DH will replace, extend, revolutionize, redeem, save or even destroy the Humanities. This special theme issue will seek to examine this relationship from a different perspective, namely how and whether DH intersects with one of the most central concerns of many disciplines of the Humanities: problematization. In short, it will not ask how DH is solving Humanities’ problems, it will instead ask how DH is making such problems more difficult, more problematic, more indicative of the Human condition. Because text is central to the Humanities the focus of this issue will also be text; however, in light of how digitization remediates all analog sources into a common binary format the notion of text is here broadly conceived to comprise any source that contains even a single word, whether text-based art, audio-visual materials such as oral history recordings, software and computer programs, visualizations etc. Contributions are welcome on any aspect of how Digital Humanities is granting new insights into current understanding of how texts are read, written, created, studied, and understood in both digital and blended (i.e. digital and analog) environments. Contributions about digital Text are sought from a wide range of fields are sought from the Humanities, Digital Humanities and beyond, including, but not limited to Archaeology, Anthropology, Arts Heritage and material culture, Information Science and library studies, Neuroscience and related disciplines, Computer Science and Engineering etc.  Papers with a historical dimension are also highly encouraged. Papers should describe either completed work or substantial work in progress.

It is hope that this special issue will not only capture the state of the art of key aspects of digital Text but also that it will shed new light on the relationship between the Humanities and Digital Humanities in terms of its intellectual content. In doing so it may well open new routes for Humanities and Digital Humanities scholars to traverse and point out ones that have hitherto been neglected.

Submissions should be in English because this is an international journal that seeks to reach the widest possible audience; sources drawn upon may be in any natural or constructed language.

Dr. Julianne Nyhan
Guest Editor


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Deegan, Marilyn, and Willard McCarty. Collaborative Research in the Digital Humanities. Ashgate, 2012.
Gold, Matthew K. Debates in the Digital Humanities. University of Minnesota Press, 2012.
Hayles, N. Katherine. How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis. University of Chicago Press, 2012.
Jockers, M.L. Macroanalysis: Digital Methods and Literary History. 2013.
Jones, S.E. The Emergence of the Digital Humanities. Routledge, 2013.
McCarty, Willard. Humanities Computing. Basingstoke [England], New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
McCarty, Willard. Text and Genre in Reconstruction : Effects of Digitalization on Ideas, Behaviours, Products and Institutions. Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, 2010. http://www.openbookpublishers.com/reader/64.
Ramsay, Stephen. Reading Machines: Toward an Algorithmic Criticism, 1st ed. University of Illinois Press, 2012.
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Schreibman, S. Siemens, R. A Companion to Digital Literary Studies. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2008.
Schreibman, S., Siemens, R., Unsworth, John, eds. A Companion to Digital Humanities. Malden: Blackwell Publishing, 2004.
Terras, M., Nyhan, J, and Vanhoutte, E., eds. Defining Digital Humanities. Ashgate, 2013.
Warwick, C., Terras, M., Nyhan, J., eds. Digital Humanities in Practice. Facet, 2012.


Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Humanities is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. For the first couple of issues the Article Processing Charge (APC) will be waived for well-prepared manuscripts. English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.


  • digital humanities
  • humanities
  • solutionism
  • problematization, digital
  • text

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Last update: 22 May 2014

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