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Global China Studies: Digital Chinese Humanities

This guide support students taking classes in the Global China Studies track in New York University Shanghai or abroad

Introduction

Digital Humanities spans a broad variety of organizations, approaches, tools, methodologies, and of course disciplines. Here are some helpful guides and articles to get you started.

What is Digital Humanities? 4 Definitions

1. Humanities + Digital

2. A cross-disciplinary community in humanities that uses technology, especially web computing, as an analytical tool for critical inquiry and/or a means of scholarly collaboration and communication.

3. Maybe it isn't so simple

4. Visual definition

The NYU Digital Studio is a great way to start a DH project as well. 

Digital Chinese Humanities: What's Available?

For the most part, Digital Chinese Humanities is rather new and emerging. DCH examples include the following:

  • Classical Historiography for Chinese History from Princeton, the site pulls together materials of interest to anyone doing research in Chinese history (broadly defined) but with a focus on the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing dynasty (1644–1911).
  • Digitizing ‘Chinese Englishmen, a digital project that focuses on the creation of “Asian Victorians” in Southeast Asia under British colonialism. It concentrates on the digitization and annotation of the Straits Chinese Magazine, a journal produced by the Chinese diaspora in Southeast Asia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
  • Chinese Civilization Time and Space, "in response of the demands of interdisciplinary research applications, this system aims to construct an integrated GIS-based application infrastructure within the spatial extent of China, in the timeframe of Chinese history, and with the contents of Chinese civilization." (Changes of Names, Borders, Places, etc.)
  • The Digital Gazetteer of the Song Dynasty, a DH project from the University of California-Merced, this database displays changing names, cities, administrative history during the Song Dynasy from Sinologist Hope Wright's An Alphabetical List of Geographical Names in Sung China (1958). 

 

Digital Repositories

These repositories are open source; you can store, preserve, and manage your digital resources.

  • DSpace
    An open source software package, DSpace helps manage digital assets and supports a wide variety of materials include, texts and multimedia objects.
  • Fedora
    An open source content management system that allows scholars to store, preserve, and access digital content.
  • Islandora
    An open source digital content management system based on Fedora Commons, Drupal, and other additional applications. Islandora may be used to create large, searchable collections of digital assets of any type.

Digital Humanities Journals