Kreindler Auditorium, Haldeman 041
and Live Streaming at

8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Sherman Fairchild Professorship in Digital Humanities, the Neukom Institute,

Research Computing, Dartmouth College Library, and the Leslie Center for the Humanities


Avatars discovered in the tenure process? Mobile spaces for transmedia exhibitions? Ancient manuscripts in MRI machines? Teaching with databases instead of texts? How are technicians, scientists, artists, designers, and humanists pursuing 21st-century research? How are institutions of higher education affected along with the scholars? As witnessed in scientific fields, new technology radically affects the ways in which scholars pursue their research. Digital technologies foster new questions about materials, practices, archives, and networks, and the digital affects the ways in which resources are archived, queried, searched, created, taught, and studied.

Dartmouth's Symposium on the Digital Humanities, 14 May 2010, provides a think tank to explore emerging areas in digitally-driven scholarship. The aim of the symposium is to set the stage as to what is state of the art in the digital humanities, and and where it is heading for tomorrow's teaching and research.

Our Visitors

We bring to campus a set of esteemed scholars to discuss their own efforts in the digital humanities field. Invited participants span a wide range of backgrounds and projects, from The Society for the Humanities at Cornell to the Chair of the Committee on Information Technology at the MLA to curators of rare books to sociologists and more. Visitors will share their perspectives on how the digital humanities are manifest in their fields and how they are creating new collaborations across campuses.

Why Dartmouth?

The symposium participants envision an experience of critical mass in the digital humanities at Dartmouth, fostering a particularly strong ethos in digital scholarship, asking questions about collaboration and partnerships, examining new media arts, and providing equal footing between the sciences and humanities.

The 1960s and ’70s were a feverish era in Dartmouth computing—a period that saw the creation and implementation of software and systems that made Dartmouth a leader in academic computing and brought computing out of the realm of experts and into everyday life. Dartmouth continues to be well-positioned for inquiry into technological change and its implications. Dartmouth faculty, staff, and students are open to asking humanistic questions in science, and scientific questions in humanist projects. The campus is home to an intimate and ongoing set of leading interdisciplinary practices and collaborations.

In 2008, Dartmouth created the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professorship in the Emerging Field of Digital Humanities, marking a leadership position that explores these intersections on the campus. Unlike some digital humanities efforts, Dartmouth leads from digital studies, humanities, the arts, and scientific centers such as the department of computer science and the Neukom Institute for computational science and further, psychology, neuroscience, and more. The intimate setting for the College provides us with an extremely appropriate site for interdisciplinary work, and a natural intellectual home for this symposium.