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Digital Humanities describes research, teaching and knowledge realisation at the intersection of computing and the humanities, social sciences, creative and performing arts. It is broadly interdisciplinary and encompasses a wide variety of emerging practices, ranging from curating digital research collections, developing new tools for exploring archives to visualising information from large data sets.
Digital Humanities acknowledges that digital technologies are fundamentally transforming our access to the inventory of human cultural endeavour, which, in turn, has profound implications for the discovery, exploration, creation, and application of knowledge. Digital Humanities provides an opportunity to re-think our assumed academic practices in research, undergraduate teaching, postgraduate training, as well as redefining our engagement with the public and our peers. It changes the questions we ask, the people we work with, our approach to exploring, connecting and communicating ideas within and beyond the University.
This symposium provided staff and postgraduate students at Deakin an introduction to some of Australia’s benchmark Digital Humanities projects as well as a hands-on opportunity to work with some of the country’s most innovative Digital Humanities scholars and developers.