Unsworth and Svensson articles

Unsworth’s article on scholarly primitives is looking at documenting and working with original sources via the digital humanities. The date of the article is interesting, 2000, demonstrating how forward-thinking the author is in terms of database searches and essentially bringing original scholarly materials onto the internet for analysis. In particular, I was intrigued with the comparative religious texts, showing the original and translated texts side-by-side. The benefits of having very old texts put into 21st century technology seems self-evident for teaching and research purposes for those who work with the humanities.

Svensson’s article explores the diverse digital terrain of the “digital humanities,” and examines some interesting political as well as intellectual questions of how to work with the digital format as the preferred medium of knowledge dissemination in the 21st century. Visual and aural and internet data are now part of scholarly work. As such, the question is where are the intellectual “boundaries” now? Should we have them anymore? Some universities, he notes, are at the forefront in digital humanities work. Further, the idea of “cyberculture” is particularly fascinating, in that computers are now centers of cultural creation and not just a computing tool.

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