Neoliberal Tools (and Archives): A Political History of Digital Humanities
May 4, 2016
Professor David Golumbia has joined forces with several other colleagues to compose a scathing internationally collaborative anti-Digital Humanities essay. In said work, Golumbia argues that despite the aggressive promotion of Digital Humanities as a radical insurgency, its institutional success has for the most part involved the displacement of politically progressive humanities scholarship and activism in favor of the manufacture of digital tools and archives. Advocates characterize the development of such tools as revolutionary and claim that other literary scholars fail to see their political import due to fear or ignorance of technology. But the unparalleled level of material support that Digital Humanities has received suggests that its most significant contribution to academic politics may lie in its (perhaps unintentional) facilitation of the neoliberal takeover of the university.