Over the past several decades, advances in computing, data and information management, and archival techniques have greatly altered how humanities scholars approach their objects of study. In particular, over the past five years, the web 2.0 revolution has made these advancements more applicable than ever before to humanities research endeavours. Digital Humanities, however it is defined, can no longer be seen as a particular sub-set of humanistic research as it has become an increasingly integrated element within normative everyday humanities scholarship. Consequently, it includes more than text-encoding or image digitization and the creation of electronic archives. Rather, it is how such electronic media are used and studied by researchers in a wide array of projects from linguistic analyses to the changing realms of new media.
McGill’s digital humanities projects and collaborations are well established and internationally recognized. They are spread throughout the university: both across the departments of the humanities and between the faculties of the university, connecting the humanities to collaborative projects with the social sciences and sciences.
The Digital Humanities Initiative
The Faculties of Arts, Music, and Religious Studies, and the McGill Libraries, and reseachers have take the lead to better organize and coordinate Digital Humanities research within the University. At the moment a partnership that sponsors events and workshops, and assists faculty, staff, and student researchers with their projects, the Digital Humanities Initiative is working towards formalized educational programs and a institutional structure that reflects the advanced Digital Humanities research already taking place within the University.
For up to date information on the Initiative, descriptions of projects and researchers, please visit