Local, Global, Digital?: Digital Humanities and Slavic Area Studies
In the past ten years, the work done in area studies—that is, the interdisciplinary study of regional topics—has changed dramatically. As such, the nature of the support that librarians need to provide scholars has similarly changed. This change has been particularly acute for librarians supporting Slavic area scholarship as research in the region has continued to lose US federal funding since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. And it has been particularly acute in terms of reactions to new technologies for research, including what has come to be referred to as the digital humanities (DH). This chapter looks at the intersections of digital humanities and Slavic studies, focused specifically on Title VI centers. We examined twenty-one centers, important now and historically, for evidence of projects and support for Slavic work in DH. Many projects have already been written about by librarians. Our goal here is to develop an overview of the last decade, with a specific focus on the overlap of Slavic area studies and digital humanities, in order to help librarians looking for ways to support this work at their home institutions.
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