Next Article in Journal
On Sound: Reconstructing a Zhuangzian Perspective of Music
Previous Article in Journal
Double Blind Peer-Review in Humanities
Previous Article in Special Issue
The Ubiquity of Humanity and Textuality in Human Experience
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Humanities 2016, 5(1), 2;

Thick Description beyond the Digital Space

Power in History, Center for Political History, University of Antwerp, Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
Academic Editor: Albrecht Classen
Received: 25 August 2015 / Revised: 15 December 2015 / Accepted: 18 December 2015 / Published: 25 December 2015
Full-Text   |   PDF [180 KB, uploaded 25 December 2015]


The arrival and rapid spread of digital media can help the humanities better discern general patterns in human societies and cultures, and single out instances or moments which need an in-depth analysis. However, the process of digitization also poses certain threats to the humanities: it introduces new and possibly distorting filters between ourselves and our object of research, it can make us blind to the social, political and cultural situatedness of the sources, and it can cause us to forget that certain aspects of human life are simply too complex to be digitally understood. Briefly elaborating on the case of parliamentary irony in Belgian history, I try to demonstrate the need to combine “flat” digital searches with multilayered hermeneutic approaches based on traditional philological research. View Full-Text
Keywords: digitization; hermeneutics; parliamentary humor digitization; hermeneutics; parliamentary humor
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Beyen, M. Thick Description beyond the Digital Space. Humanities 2016, 5, 2.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics



[Return to top]
Humanities EISSN 2076-0787 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top