The Digital Humanities have become a powerful force in the Humanities, although the exact impact is still unclear. Should we measure its role in terms of the emergence of new digital tools and methods, in its appearance in curricula by implementing sets of computational skills, in its development of interdisciplinary approaches related to new research questions or in its design of new collaborate forms of team science related to large scale research projects?
The rhetoric surrounding the digital humanities can be persuasive, especially in its emphasize on new opportunities to deal with big data uncovering new patterns by employing distant reading and other quantitative methods. Some critics fear this will make the human in the humanities disappear. And indeed, it might be good to think about strategies to acknowledge the value of analyzing the individual human experience embedded in a multilayered complex of political, historical, material and social contexts. In her keynote, Aasman will critically asses trends in the current of state of affairs of digital humanities scholarship, and point towards areas where we can identify a renewed interest in developing critical approaches that seeks to revive a fundamental humanities project: understanding the human condition.