Katherine Pandora

How do you Define DH?

Digital Humanities for me is what happens when we plug humanities into computationally powered amps, and an audience that was expecting the comforts of communal affirmation has to decide whether or not to pick up new instruments and to experiment and push the limits.


University of Oklahoma


As an historian of science, I am particularly interested in how tensions over the politics of scientific knowledge in a democratic society have had significant effects on the who, what, where, when, and why of the scientific enterprise, and on the ways in which diverse visions of scientific Americanism have circulated throughout the “intellectual commons” of vernacular culture, with consequential outcomes.

Increasingly, “everyday” scientific knowledge is being mediated by digital means, and I found my way to digital humanities in order to learn how to participate in the digital vernacular and help to promote public participation in humanities scholarship. Having been trained as a graduate student in the 1980s/90s to become a “print” historian, I have had to retrain myself to become a “digital” historian. . . something I am still figuring out!

I am particularly interested in the idea of doing “open notebook history” online, inspired by the movement for “open notebook science.”