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Welcome to the CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative

August 26th, 2010

Welcome to the CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative, a nascent effort to build a digital humanities community at CUNY during the 2010-2011 academic year. Part of the Digital Studies Group, this effort is being headed up by Matthew K. Gold and Charlie Edwards.

Our goal in creating this initiative is twofold: we’d like to find digital humanists already embedded within the CUNY system, and we’d like to encourage discussion around the digital humanities to increase awareness of work in the field. To those ends, we’ll be sponsoring a series of public discussions during the year, and we’ll also work on building up resources to help introduce members of CUNY to the discipline. We hope, eventually, to build the kind of community that can find ways to collaborate on various kinds of scholarly digital projects.

Our major theme during the fall semester will be “What are the Digital Humanities?” We’ve chosen that theme both because it’s a question that many of you are likely to have, and because the question itself is one that (not surprisingly) preoccupies many practitioners in the field.

In the coming weeks, we will announce our public seminar schedule and some resources that will help orient newcomers to the field. Please stay tuned. In the meantime, you can find us here on this blog, over in our group, and on Twitter.

We very much hope you’ll join us either virtually, through our efforts on the Commons, or in person, at one of our meetups. We look forward to working with you in the coming year!

— Matt and Charlie

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