The digitization of research materials and the emergence of “digital” research practices are widely recognized as historic events. It is less widely recognized — or less widely acknowledged — that as much as practices in journalism and in the public arts, university-based scholarly activities in the humanities have long since been saturated by the digital. The present historical moment is one of belated recognition and assessment of such digital saturation, to be sure — but also of speculation about what may come next.
The Digital Culture and Media Initiative will support ongoing research and teaching in the Department of English, including work in science and technology studies, media studies, rhetorical studies, computers and writing, visual culture, and book history and textual studies, all of which bear a long-since established intimacy with the digital. The DCMI will also support work that aims to extend the question of the digital beyond the historical present and its belated recognition. We believe that the benefit of such a dual approach is twofold, encouraging the thoughtful analysis of a digitally saturated world as we find it today, while cultivating a dynamic response to a cultural future.