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"Beyond Digitization: Digital Humanities as a Mode of Research"
Thursday, Feb. 24th, 3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

Jim Ginther, Saint Louis University
Helen Culyer, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Joe Loewenstein, Washington University in St. Louis
Jonathan Sawday, Saint Louis University
Perry Trolard, Washington University in St. Louis

The phrase "digital humanities" often brings to mind the work of digitization, where important resources become available online for searching and computational analysis. While this is an important task of digital humanities, it does not fully define what this field of research is. This panel will discuss how digital humanities is a mode of research, and what methods and approaches that entails. They will also discuss how digital humanities relates to traditional, print-based humanities, how it can advance interdisciplinary collaboration, and what possible trajectories it may take in the near future.


Helen Cullyer, PhD, is the Associate Program Officer for the Scholarly Communications and Information Technology program at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She plays a key role in assessing grant applications and providing oversight of the implementation of grants to non-profit institutions in Europe and North America.

James R. Ginther, PhD (Convener), is Director of the Center for Digital Theology, Saint Louis University. He has been a practicing digital humanist for the last decade and has completed projects in online textbases, interactive 3RDT models of historic sites and digital scholarly editions.

Joe Loewenstein, PhD, is Co-director of the Humanities Digital Workshop at Washington University. He specializes in Early Modern English and Continental literature and in the history of intellectual property, on which he has published two books. He is one of the editors of the Oxford Edition of the Collected Works of Edmund Spenser.

Jonathan Sawday, PhD, is the Walter J. Ong SJ Chair in the Humanities at Saint Louis University. He has published extensively on early modern European culture and literature and has also recently focused on the possibility and limitations of digital humanities research.

Perry Trolard, MLIS , is the Assistant Director of the Humanities Digital Workshop, a digital humanities support service at Washington University, where he collaborates with faculty across the humanities disciplines on editorial and research projects.

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