Humanities Computing provides a rationale for a computing practice that is of and for as well as in the humanities and the interpretative social sciences. It engages philosophical, historical, ethnographic and critical perspectives to show how computing helps us fulfil the basic mandate of the humane sciences to ask ever better questions of the most challenging kind. It strengthens current practice by stimulating debate on the role of the computer in our intellectual life, and outlines an agenda for the field to which individual scholars across the humanities can contribute.
Willard McCarty is Professor of Humanities Computing at King's College London, UK, and fractional Professor in the Digital Humanities Research Group at University of Western Sydney, Australia. He is editor of the journal, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (2008-) and founding Editor of the online seminar Humanist (1987-). He was the recipient of the Roberto Busa Prize 2013 from the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations, in recognition of outstanding lifetime achievements in the application of information and communications technologies to humanistic research. Willard has also received the Canadian Award for Outstanding Achievement, Computing in the Arts and Humanities (2005) and the Richard W. Lyman Award, Rockefeller Foundation (2006). He is editor of Text and Genre in Reconstruction (2010) and author of numerous articles and book chapters in the field.