Explorer, Trader, Conqueror? On the Role of the Digital Editor

Poster presented with Frederike Neuber at the DiXiT Convention 2 in Cologne.

Program | Abstract

(poster behind the cut)

Poster Slam (1 Minute)

Digital Humanities might be a sea
That carries us over its waves to be
The tissue connecting two worlds or more
By heading for islands and going ashore.
The islands are disciplines in this case
And one of them used to be our base
But the farther we get, the more we are lost
Raising the question: what is the cost
Of going where no one has gone before?
(Or maybe they did and were shown the door.)

For some of the old-established we’re freaks,
Serviceable only as technical geeks,
While others lament our lack of expertise
When it comes to computers or scholarly needs.
So do we trade or negotiate, assimilate or acerbate,
Colonize or recognize that journeys are themselves the prize?
To discuss this further, if you find that you care,
Come to our poster, we’ll be there.


full poster (PDF)


Willard McCarty, ‘Tree, Turf, Centre, Archipelago – or Wild Acre? Metaphors and Stories for Humanities Computing’, in Defining Digital Humanities: A Reader, ed. Melissa Terras, Julianne Nyhan and Edward Vanhoutte (Surrey: Ashgate Publishing, 2013), pp. 97-118 [originally in Literary and Linguistic Computing 21/1 (2006), pp. 1-13].

Image Sources:

Featured image taken from (Annie Spratt).

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(the automatically generated citation does not account for the collaboration with Frederike Neuber; please make sure to cite us both)

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Tessa Gengnagel (2016, March 17). Explorer, Trader, Conqueror? On the Role of the Digital Editor. parergon. Retrieved May 21, 2024, from

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Tessa Gengnagel

PhD student from Germany. Background in History / Medieval Latin / European Multimedia Arts & Cultural Heritage Studies. Interest in Digital Humanities.

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