January 2011

Faculty Forum Poster“Toward a Larger Vision of Digital Instruction: Critical Reflections on the UC Online Instruction Pilot Project.” Faculty Forum on “Is Online Education the Answer?” Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, University of California, Santa Barbara. 13 January 2011.

“Close, Distant, and Unexpected Readings.” Panel on “So Close and Yet So Far: Close Reading and Sociology.” Modern Language Association convention. Los Angeles. 9 January 2011.

Citation: “Where is Cultural Criticism in the Digital Humanities?” Alan Liu, 7 January 2011. http://liu.english.ucsb.edu/where-is-cultural-criticism-in-the-digital-humanities/


Original full text of paper presented at the panel on “The History and Future of the Digital Humanities,” Modern Language Association convention, Los Angeles, 7 January 2011. (The paper was delivered in truncated, improvised form at the actual event due to time constraints.) An expanded version of this paper (full text) was later published under the same title in Debates in the Digital Humanities, ed. Matthew K. Gold (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012): 490-509.

This is the occasion to announce the new initiative titled 4Humanities: Advocating for the Humanities, which is subtitled “Powered by the International Digital Humanities Community.” The site, which I and a collective of digital humanists in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Australia started in November 2010 in the wake of discussion on the Humanist List about whether the digital humanities had become too “industrialised” and about the budget “cuts” in the United Kingdom, is a platform for advocacy statements for the humanities and other forms of showcasing the value of the humanities. The premise of the site is that the digital humanities have a special role to play today in helping the humanities communicate in contemporary media networks. . . .

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“Where Is Cultural Criticism in the Digital Humanities?” Panel on “The History and Future of the Digital Humanities.” Modern Language Association convention. Los Angeles. 7 January 2011.