Digital Humanities

The Digital Humanities represents a diverse group of researchers and students from across the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences at the University of Kent who use digital or computational methods in our work.

Many experiments with alternative forms of scholarly communication have arisen from what has become known as the digital humanities, which has been defined as ‘not a unified field but an array of convergent practices’ (Presner and Schnapp, 2009).

Digital humanists use digital tools, technologies and media as well as computational methods to supplement current research methods, whilst discussing how digital media and technology changes the way we do research. Techniques can range from data mining and information retrieval, to digital mapping and visualisation.

The University of Kent leads on the Digital Humanities theme within the Eastern ARC consortium. Together with colleagues at UEA and Essex, our strengths in this area are:

  • Big Data/data mining
  • Digital heritage, particularly in visualisation and online curation
  • Spatial mapping
  • Digital creative arts.

Interests and expertise in the Eastern ARC include digital heritage and curation, visualisation, and geographical information systems. The consortium also embraces the use of digital technologies to protect, document, and understand humanity’s shared heritage.