Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Digital History Spring Series Book Review #6 - Digital Art History: A Subject in Transition

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Digital History Spring Series Book Review #6 - Digital Art History: A Subject in Transition

HASTAC - Bentkowska-Kafel, Anna, Trish Cashen, and Hazel Gardiner. Digital Art History: a Subject in Transition. Bristol: Intellect, 2005.

Nearly a decade on, there is much about Digital Art History: A Subject in Transition that remains of interest to those wondering about the relationship of art history and digital scholarship. Some have gone so far as to ask whether there is such a thing as "digital art history," a question that is not entirely unwarranted. Within the robust community of over 240 HASTAC Scholars, the Art History Working Group boasts two members, including yours truly. In a two-year master's degree program in art history at the school that would later debut the Mellon Research Initiative, I was never encouraged to use the Internet for anything besides looking up traditional journal articles in PDF form; nor did I even hear the term "digital humanities" until I started getting ready to go to library school. That isn't to say that there haven't been a number of important initiatives a in universities and research centers, and a proliferation of individual digital projects, an excellent sampling of which can be found in Holly Hatheway's "Digital Art History" library guide at Yale.

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