Caroline McGee

How do you Define DH?

The organic nature and exciting potential of digital humanities makes defining the discipline a challenge even for experienced practitioners. With that in mind, could Oscar Wilde be right – “To define is to limit”? [1]
Based on the work I do, DH is the application of digital technologies to traditional data and artefacts in order to make new interactive resources for those who are teaching and learning history.

[1] (Wilde, Oscar. The Picture of Dorian Gray, (1891), 217. CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts, Retrieved: April 3, 2014.)


Trinity College Dublin


Caroline McGee is a PhD researcher in the School of Histories and Humanities (Department of History of Art and Architecture). She is part of the collaborative team responsible for making the digital resource ‘Gothic Past’ – a visual archive of Irish medieval architecture and sculpture. Her doctoral thesis investigates the activity of migrant church furnishing firms in Ireland between 1850 and 1922 for which she been awarded funding from Trinity College Dublin, the Irish Georgian Society and the Paul Mellon Centre, London. She sits on the Council of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, advises on the digital management of cultural heritage assets, has lectured and written on Irish art and architecture and manages the ‘Gothic Past’ web resource.