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Research through design and digital humanities in practice: What, how and who in an archive research project

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Tom Schofield



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This article highlights shared methods, questions, and challenges between Research Through Design (RtD) and Digital Humanities (DH) through the discussion of an archival research project. In DH, debates continue e.g. in (Gold, Debates in the Digital Humanities. University of Minnesota Press, 2012) regarding the impact of digital technologies on epistemology, methodology, and our professional identities as researchers, scholars, academics, and teachers. Our reading of this debate is that there is a tripartite relationship between the kind of work we should call DH (and aspire to produce), the nature of DH knowledge, research and scholarship (particularly regarding the role of artefacts produced), and issues of disciplinary orientation or professional identity. We could phrase these as the what, how, and who of DH and, of course, RtD. The discussion of our project is in no sense intended to provide an exclusive answer to those questions, but to give one snapshot of what DH and RtD may look like when they come together. We emphasize that this relationship can and will be productive for both disciplines and point to the lack of significant discussion hereto.

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Author(s): Schofield T, Whitelaw M, Kirk D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Digital Scholarship in the Humanities

Year: 2017

Volume: 132

Issue: Suppl 1

Pages: i103-i120

Print publication date: 22/03/2017

Online publication date: 22/03/2017

Acceptance date: 31/01/2017

Date deposited: 09/06/2017

ISSN (print): 2055-7671

ISSN (electronic): 2055-768X

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/llc/fqx005


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