As the editors of Reviews in Digital Humanities, we’re pleased to share the June/July 2020 issue of the journal. This month’s issue includes two reviews, as opposed to our usual four, as we are working with longer response times for submission of project overviews by project directors and of reviews by our peer reviewers. This is motivated by our continuing desire to be sensitive to the needs of our generous reviewer community while the COVID-19 pandemic rages, as we described in our last issue.
Our work as editors, however, has continued apace as we have been working to ensure a pipeline of reviews and long-term sustainability of the journal. We will soon have exciting news about financial support for the journal that will assist with our work. In addition, we have lined up a number of special issues that will be coming this fall and winter:
Latinx Digital Humanities, edited by Lorena Gauthereau (University of Houston);
Jewish Digital Humanities, edited by Amalia Levi (The HeritEdge Collection) and Michelle Chesner (Columbia University Libraries); and
Borderlands Digital Humanities, edited by Sylvia Fernández Quintanilla (University of Kansas).
We are also working with editors on special issues highlighting projects in Black Digital Humanities, game studies, sound studies, and digital pedagogy.
If you are interested in editing a special issue on a thematic or methodological topic, please drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. We particularly encourage special issue topics exploring methodologies in the context of critical ethnic, African diaspora, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian American, and postcolonial studies.
This month’s reviews focus on engaging public audiences with digital humanities methods:
CantApp, a mobile reading app on Chaucer’s General Prologue to The Canterbury Tales, created by Richard North, Peter Robinson, Barbara Bordalejo, and Terry Jones and reviewed by Jonathan Hsy; and
Makers By Mail, a mail order kit for physical computing, created by Christina Boyles and Andrew Boyles Petersen and reviewed by Kimberley Martin.
These projects take two very different approaches to public humanities. Whether focusing on making or on interpretation of humanities texts, these projects offer critical points of entry to digital humanities to audiences that might not otherwise find themselves engaged in the humanities. Collectively, they demonstrate compelling ways of engaging public audiences through digital humanities.
Reviews in Digital Humanities is committed to demonstrating and facilitating peer review for the wide range of digital humanities scholarship being developed. Join our experiment by submitting a project for review, nominating a project you admire, volunteering for our reviewer pool, and telling your colleagues and students about the journal.