...Technology alone is not enough — it's technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing. ~ Steve Jobs
Background and Scope
The digital revolution of the 20th and 21st centuries has created new knowledge and spaces for humankind to evolve culturally with the construction of techniques and technologies. As a corollary, a new field of organised research emerged at the beginning of the 2000s examining the use and application of digital technologies in humanities, the liberal arts, social science scholarship, and beyond. Popularly nested under an umbrella term “Digital Humanities”, this area of scholarship takes a critical stance to examine the role, use, application, and impact of digital tools in our everyday life, our societies, economies, cultures, and governments. However, while the use of computational tools in social science and humanities work is not very new, the availability of a large body of cultural artefacts after the digital turn, as well as emergence of new kinds of digital objects and embodiments, has opened up several possibilities for social science and humanities research, practice and pedagogy using computational approaches. Very soon, the question of whether something is, or is not, ‘digital’ will be increasingly secondary as many forms of culture become mediated, produced, accessed, distributed or consumed through digital devices and technologies. In other words, the field of Digital Humanities is expected to grow on principles of interdisciplinary rather than multidisciplinary principles. Our research focus and pedagogy in this IDRP group emphasize on many of the emerging epistemological questions on knowledge production about generating digital data from material objects, and on rethinking of existing processes of knowledge production.
Our PhD Program in Digital Humanities
IIT Jodhpur is one of the pioneering institutes in the country currently to offer an interdisciplinary doctoral degree in Digital Humanities. The Inter Disciplinary Research Platform at IIT Jodhpur facilitates this doctoral degree programme.This doctoral programme offers unique opportunities to redraw conventional disciplinary boundaries among the humanities, the social sciences, the arts, technology and engineering, and the natural sciences. Doctoral students opting for this program are expected to contribute towards integrating disciplinary approaches of the humanities, liberal arts, social sciences, and computer technologies, with cross-disciplinary theorising and research that can be avant-garde to the field of Digital Humanities. Examples of research emphases may include (but are not limited to): Digital Cultures/ Cultural Practices – Past and Present; Digital Societies; Digital Heritage (Preservation, Conservation, Restoration, Recreation); Thematic Computation Reading of Novels; Multimodal Data Analytics; Digital Epistemologies and Methods. Doctoral research in Digital Humanities shall be premised on project-oriented knowledge production, the practical application of methods, and shall involve interdisciplinary collaboration workflows. In addition to the regular PhD stipend, an additional financial assistance for research may be facilitated on a competitive basis.