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How are we renewing
the humanities? 

In print and online, significant angst has been expressed about the future of the humanities. Do they prepare students for the demands of modern post-graduate employment? Are they instead, the preserve of irrelevance and elitism? 

 

‚ÄčThe development of the digital humanities is one response to these questions. Digital humanities is the application of knowledge and methods from the humanities that help us understand technology, and the use of technology to help us understand the humanities. For example, a website introducing people to history is digital humanities. The application of ideas of human autonomy and ethics to the use of technology is digital humanities. 

 

Throughout North America and Europe universities are beginning to develop and expand their digital humanities programs for undergraduates and graduates. Building on my own experience at Wilfrid Laurier University, my work focuses on curriculum design and how univerisites can leverage their existing strengths to craft digital humanities programs. In particular, I am researching how the digital humanities connect with regional labour market needs. What habits of thought can the humanities teach that, once joined with technical skill, prepare students for dynamic careers in the knowledge economy?

I am researching how the digital humanities connect with regional labour market needs.

 

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