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Introduction

WithSteven E. Jones

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This chapter focuses on the emergence of a newly prominent form of digital humanities that goes by that name. Indeed, a new-model digital humanities emerged more or less concurrently with the new context associated with these developments in technology. The term digital humanities itself was solidified in a collection of essays published online in 2004 and as a hardcover book in 2005. The relationship of “digital” and the “humanities” —whatever both terms are taken to mean precisely —operates in both directions. Adding “digital” to the humanities sounds to some like just the thing for shoring up the liberal arts and humanities during the latest version of the long crisis in higher education, and this shoring up is not without implications for the increased precariousness of academic labor. The chapter also presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in this book.