Focus on digital humanities: Initiatives bring technology to diverse disciplines
When you consider medieval literature, perhaps you imagine crackling sheets of vellum with the florid black handwriting of scribes, interspersed with colorful drawings. You probably don’t think of software or coding.
But technological tools and computational methods are playing an increasing role in the analysis, teaching and preservation of medieval literature and history, along with a wide array of other liberal arts fields, thanks to an emerging phenomenon known as the “digital humanities.”
During the past several years, the digital humanities has taken root at Binghamton University, thanks to collaborative efforts that include Harpur College of Arts and Sciences and the University Libraries.
“A lot of contemporary scholars who work in fields like English, philosophy, history and art history have become interested in data-driven methods, computation, and…