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Crisis of Meaning in the (Digital) Humanities?

Crisis of Meaning in the (Digital) Humanities?

Fortnightly CODEC staff meet to discuss a reading selected on rotation. This week was my selection, Alan Liu’s “The Meaning of the Digital Humanities” PMLA 128.2 (2013). He argues that the problem of meaning in the digital humanities registers a crisis of meaning in the humanities more generally. In his words: My thesis is that an understanding of…Continue Reading

Bible Typos

Bible Typos

The Washington Post has a piece entitled, “When ‘Jesus’ was ‘Judas’ and other pretty stupendous Bible typos.” The most interesting thing about the article to me was that much of its material was taken from a journal article written by the foremost scholar of New Testament textual criticism at the time, Bruce Metzger. Good for the Post. How…Continue Reading

Digital Humanities’ Relation to the Humanities

Digital Humanities’ Relation to the Humanities

Help in thinking about how Digital Humanities relates to the humanities (and communicates its relation) can be found in Ryan Cordell’s lecture-turned-blogpost, “How Not to Teach Digital Humanities.” As the title suggests, Cordell’s main focus is on teaching DH, and he presents the failures and successes of one of his own undergraduate courses as exhibit A. Along the way he touches…Continue Reading

What is Digital Humanities Research?

What is Digital Humanities Research?

A few months ago, the CODEC team discussed pieces of Defining Digital Humanities: A Reader (Ashgate, 2013). One interesting chapter from that book is entitled “Selected Definitions from the Day of Digital Humanities 2009–2012.” The diversity of quoted scholars and their various definitions are instructive and reflect to some extent ongoing debates in the area. One of…Continue Reading

Proofing:Debugging

Proofing:Debugging

Proofing:Debugging::Writing:Development I spent a lot of yesterday troubleshooting some website issues related to one of my work projects. In one case, a theme developer had left three absolute urls to a development sandbox in the code (which means on a new server, those urls no longer work, resulting in long page loads and 404 errors). Reflecting on the…Continue Reading

Overpriced SBL Handbook of Style (2nd ed)

Overpriced SBL Handbook of Style (2nd ed)

In November of last year, the second edition of The SBL Handbook of Style (a style guide for biblical studies and related fields) was released, updating the previous edition that was published in 1999. Because I’m a member of the SBL, I was hoping to pick up a free pdf version (as I did the previous edition).…Continue Reading

A Better Way for Publishing(?)

A Better Way for Publishing(?)

Can a scholarly book be (semi-)self-published, peer-reviewed, available near cost in print editions and free in pdf? Yes. Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies: An Introduction Edited by: Alessandro Bausi (General editor), Pier Giorgio Borbone, Françoise Briquel-Chatonnet, Paola Buzi, Jost Gippert, Caroline Macé, Marilena Maniaci, Zisis Melissakis, Laura E. Parodi, Witold Witakowski Project editor: Eugenia Sokolinski Printed…Continue Reading

A New Year

A New Year

A few things have changed around here, including a new custom server setup, site design (minimalistic!), and domain (now josh.do). The plan for 2015 is to keep the focus mostly the same with the exception of incorporating a bit more from the realm of digital humanities with which I am increasingly involved. After an extremely…Continue Reading