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It was at the MLA’s annual convention in 2009 that the digital humanities first came to the attention of a wider academic and general public and was hailed as the next big thing. Four years later, the annual meeting in Boston in January 2013 offered something like 66 sessions on the digital humanities, panels and workshops “that in some way address the influence and impact of digital materials and tools upon language, literary, textual, and media studies, as well as upon online pedagogy and scholarly communication,” as Mark Sample put it in his annually compiled list, roughly 8 percent of the total sessions at the massive event.1