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Faire des humanités numériques

Abstract : This text is a fuller version of a talk delivered at the conference "Les métamorphoses numériques du livre II" (29/11/2011, Aix-en-Provence). It forms an introduction to the Digital Humanities in their various dimensions, offering elements of history, an overview of theories, an illustration of practices. This programme is combined with an account of my own experience in conceiving the project of a digital edition of the Deipnosophists of Athenaeus, which allows me to reflect on the differences between the Anglo-American and European (hence French) cultural contexts. I comment on the name of the Digital Humanities - "humanités numériques", being a transposition of the English expression, is also an oxymoron condensing the tension between the "two cultures", as well as a tactical term loaded with intellectual and social interests -, the question of their definition, institutionnalisation and evolution, the problems encountered by the historiography and the epistemology of this movement, the internal debates of the Digital Humanities communities (like the conflict of theory- and practice-oriented conceptions), the transformations of classical philology, the innovations brought about by big data and new modes of visualisation, and what is at stake in the topic of Digital Humanities education and training. This paper also hints at a fundamental reflection on the materiality and technicality of scholarly practices. It eventually highlights that we need a shared awareness of the already long history of this field and that it is of paramount importance to engage in methodological critique and be open to other disciplines and to collaboration. Paper available online:
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Aurélien Berra. Faire des humanités numériques. Pierre Mounier. Read/Write Book 2. Une introduction aux humanités numériques, OpenEdition Press, pp.25-43, 2012, Read/Write Book. ⟨halshs-00850826⟩



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