The Digital Humanities is still an emerging area of scholarship that emphasizes the use and development of digital tools as well as the publication and analysis of multimedia. This collection features manifestos that attempt to give definition to and delineate possible routes for the digital humanities to develop.


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Resisting Reduction: A Manifesto, by Joichi Ito, 2017

Joichi Ito's Resisting Reduction: A Manifesto refuses infinite, exponential growth, computational absolutism, and techno-utopianism. Ito rather prefers participant design, or, "interconnected, complex, self-adaptive systems across scales and dimensions that are unknowable and largely inseparable from the observer and the designer." Design, Participant Design

Participatory Conflict, by the Digital Manifesto Archive Collective, 2016

How might multimodal composition mirror democracy’s inherent conflicts? Our goal is to offer a concept of multimodal composition that invites political tension in the strata of its tools, but also in the rhetorical space they create. What would it mean to uncover and nurture modes of political conflict that are coextensive with our tools for political speech? How might we make political conflic... Conflict, Multimodality

Manifesto for an Active Archive, by Constant in Collaboration with Arteleku, 2006

The Manifesto for an Active Archive reimagines archives and archival work as collaborative, decentralized, and active. It imagines new paths toward ownership over archived content, distribution, and promotion. archive

Denton Declaration: An Open Data Manifesto, 2012

The Denton Declaration is a collaboratively produced document that establishes invaluable standards for research data management. It valorizes open access and open source technologies, while also compelling the development of a communitarian consciousness of one's research and academic practice. Open, Access

A Summary of My Work Modes and Objectives, by Norman White, 1991

Written by Norman White, a Texas-born Canadian New Media Artist, "A Summary of My Works and Objectives" is a profound articulation of a tinkerers ethos. It forefronts the principles of what we now call "critical making" as it favors handcraft and the temporal variability of technological devices in the present. Critical Making, Tinkering

Critical Code Studies, by Mark C. Marino, 2006

Mark C. Marino's "Critical Code Studies" is the foundation of contemporary scholarship that analyzes code "as a text, as a sign system with its own rhetoric, [and] as verbal communication that possesses significance in excess of its functional utility." The primary characteristic of Marino's "Critical Code Studies" is that one apply critical hermeneutics to the interpretation of code and contex... Critical, Code

We Look Like Professors, Too, by Sarah B. Pritchard, Adeline Koh, & Michelle Moravec, 2015

Sara B. Pritchard, Adeline Koh, & Michelle Moravec's "We Look Like Professors, Too," explains the activist DH origin of #ILookLikeAProfessor and further articulates the importance of its use. "We Look Like Professors, Too" opposes bias and stereotyping by giving a face to the radical shift the professoriate has undergone over the past half century, calling on readers to recognize how the "civil... #ILookLikeAProfessor

Introducing Adversarial Design, by Carl DiSalvo

Carl DiSalvo's "Introducing Adversarial Design" calls for design practices based on agonism. His desire in this text to politicize design, but also to be specific about the politics of design, charting a path forward for thinking design and politics in tandem. Critical Making, Adversarial Design

Power of Making, by Daniel Charny, 2011

Daniel Charny's "Power of Making" manifesto hopes for a new Industrial Revolution of making predicated on everyone's ability to make. Critical Making, The Power of Making

The Critical Engineering Manifesto, by Julian Oliver, Gordan Savicic, & Danja Vasiliev, 2011

"The Critical Engineering Manifesto" espouses a kind of "critical maker" ethos that attempts to limit our dependency on seamless digital experiences. Insofar as "each work of engineering engineers its user," the role of the Critical Engineer is to deconstruct the means of our dependency on all forms of technology. Critical Making, Critical Engineering

Theses on Making in the Digital Age, by Michael Dieter & Geert Lovink

Michael Dieter & Geert Lovink's "Theses on Making in the Digital Age" combines an anti-capitalist ethos with the prototypical and protocological dimensions of maker culture. Dieter & Lovink focus on production rather than political negativity here, asking technophiles and political activists alike to error on the side of making rather than destruction. The Digital Humanities, Critical Making

eBlack Studies Manifesto, 2008

Sponsored by the African-American Studies Department @ the University of Illinois Urbana, the "eBlack Studies Manifesto" defines eBlack studies as "the ongoing application of current digital information technology towards the production, dissemination, and collection of historical knowledge critical to the discipline of Black Studies and to the overall black experience." The authors also outlin... Digital Preservation, eBlack Studies

"A Manifesto for Do-It-Yourself-Internet-of-Things Creation," by Dries De Roeck, Karin Slegers, Johan Criel, Marc Godon, Laurence Claeys,Katriina Kilpi, & An Jacobs

"A Manifesto for Do-It-Yourself-Internet-of-Things Creation" outlines thirteen imperatives for digital design and creation. Importantly, this manifesto theorizes the Internet of Things outside of corporate contexts and control. Digital Design, Internet of Things

Manifesto: We Are FemTechNet

The "We Are FemTechNet" manifesto outlines the FemTech network's stance on cyberfeminism, feminist academic hacktivism, and feminist technologies. FemTechNet, Cyberfeminsim

"10 Reasons Academics Should Start Writing Buzzfeed Articles," by Mark C. Marino, 2014

Mark C. Marino's "10 Reasons Academics Should Start Writing Buzzfeed Articles" functions as an example of and call for the reinvention of academic publishing. Using Buzzfeed's 'listicle' as a new model of academic publishing, Marino works to upset the formal processes through which academics write and share ideas. Digital Composition, Academic Publishing

The #TwitterEthics Manifesto, by Dorothy Kim & Eunsong Kim, 2014

Dorothy Kim & Eunsong Kim's "#TwitterEthics Manifesto" focuses on the representation of, interaction with, and abuse of women on social media, particularly Twitter. Functioning as a manifesto for both digital feminism and digital composition, Kim & Kim focus the "#TwitterEthics Manifesto" on rhetorical, ethical, and economic solutions to violence against women online. Digital Feminism, Social Media, Twitter

Manifesto for a Post-Digital Interface Criticism, by Christian Ulrik Andersen & Søren Pold, 2014

The authors of the "Manifesto for a Post-Digital Interface Criticism" offer six propositions for understanding the function of the interface in a post-digital context. The Digital Humanities, Interface Theory

Manifesto for the Digital Humanities, Mikael Cixous Mikael, 2010

This manifesto is a poster version of the "Manifesto for the Digital Humanities" produced in France, 2010 at a THATCamp event. The Digital Humanities

The Cape Town Open Education Declaration, by The Open Society Institute (OSI) and the Shuttleworth Foundation, 2007

The authors of "The Cape Town Open Education Declaration" call for the proliferation of open and collaborative educational spaces that are motivated by new technologies. It develops three propositions which demand that education be freed from corporate interest at every level. Digital Humanities, Open Source

Ancient Marginalia: The Watershed Manifesto, by Corey Pressman, 2013

Corey Pressman's "Ancient Marginalia: The Watershed Manifesto" details what he terms 'post-book opportunities' with the advent of digital technology. Post-book artifacts share five characteristics: 1) multifarious content. 2) Fluidity over fixity. 3) Sensuality over monosensual experience. 4) Multiple content streams. 5) Dynamic and social marginalia. Digital Composition, Post-book

A Manifesto for the Video Essay

The author of "A Manifesto for the Video Essay" develops sixteen theses for producing essays with film. Digital Composition, Video

The Digital Libraries Manifesto, by Gruppo di studio sulle biblioteche digitali, 2005

The authors of "The Digital Libraries Manifesto" describe what digital libraries are and how they work. Written prior to the broad adoption of Dublin Core Metadata Standards, this manifesto describes the structure, organization, and function of digital archives. Digital Literacy, Digital Preservation

On the Virtues of Preexisting Material, by Rick Prelinger, 2007

In his "On the Virtues of Preexisting Material," Rick Prelinger develops fourteen imperatives for documenting and archiving media. Focused on archives in particular, Prelinger underscores the notion that archives are defined by use, rather than simple preservation. Media Archaeology

MOOC Manifesto, 2013

The author(s) of the "MOOC Manifesto" outlines twenty three directives for organizing and teaching in the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) format. Digital Humanities, Online Teaching, MOOCs

Pedagogy and Digital Aesthetics: A Manifesto, by Kyle Conway, 2012

In his "Pedagogy and Digital Aesthetics: A Manifesto," Kyle Conway argues for an interdisciplinary approach to teaching digital technologies and aesthetics. As such, he theorizes the interrelation of art, composition, and music in digital landscapes. Digital Humanities, Digital Composition, Digital Aesthetics

Bloomsburg U. Undergraduate “Manifesto” on Digital Humanities, 2013

Written by a group of fourteen undergraduate students at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, this manifesto argues for a more thorough integration of new and digital technologies into the college classroom. Digital Humanities, Online Learning

Manifesto on Digital Scholarship at Liberal Arts Colleges, 2014

Written by a working group created after the Liberal Arts Colleges and Digital Scholarship Pre-conference in 2013, the authors of the "Manifesto on Digital Scholarship at Liberal Arts Colleges" support open access and intends to promote and create generative digital scholarship. Digital Humanities

A Manifesto for Postindustrial Design, by Jamer Hunt, 2005

"A Manifesto for Postindustrial Design" focuses on the importance of code in digital design. Code is a mutating and varied body of tools that allow for the production of entire digital environments. As such, informing oneself of its possibilities and platforms is necessary for the future production of digital design. Digital Architecture, Digital Design

Art Education 2.0 Manifesto, by Craig Roland, 2012

In his "Art Education 2.0 Manifesto," Craig Roland argues for the incorporation of new media technologies into the arts classroom. Developing a method that incorporates elements of digital aesthetics, media archaeology, and concerns for open access, Roland ultimately calls for a holistic view of technology in arts education. Digital Humanities, Art Education

Digital Literacy Manifesto, by Kate Petty, 2012

In her "Digital Literacy Manifesto," Kate Petty outlines eleven propositions for online learning outcomes in digitally driven class spaces. Overlapping with many tenants that are central to developing a concept of the digital humanities (open access, digital composition, integrative learning), Kate Perry's manifesto exemplifies the hybrid character of online teaching and learning. Digital Composition, Creative Commons, Digital Literacy

A Manifesto for the Humanities in a Technological Age, by Cathy N. Davidson & David Theo Goldberg, 2004

In their coauthored "A Manifesto for the Humanities in a Technological Age," Cathy N. Davidson & David Theo Goldberg briefly chart the relationship the integration of new technologies into the humanities in the early 2000s. Their primary focus, however, is to argue for the importance of the humanities in a rapidly changing educational climate. Digital Humanities

Online Learning: A Manifesto, by Jesse Stommel, 2012

In his "Online Learning: A Manifesto," Jesse Stommel outlines thirteen points of departure for the future of online education. He refuses the commodification of online learning, as well as the rise of the for-profit university, in favor of an open educational model. Digital Humanities, Open Access, Online Teaching

A Manifesto for Teaching Online, by James Lamb

In his "A Manifesto for Online Teaching," James Lamb outlines an emerging set of pedagogical problems that result from the development of online teaching. By addressing issues as broad as surveillance and assessment, Lamb attempts to give direction to a rapidly changing and growing pedagogical model. Digital Humanities

A Manifesto for Teaching Online (2013 Remix)

The 2013 'Remix' of "A Manifesto for Teaching Online" refocuses the manifesto on the communal elements of online teaching and learning. The remix also underscores the flexibility of online learning environments, demanding that these spaces should be open and experimental. Digital Humanities, Online Teaching

Archivist Manifesto, by Yuk Hui, 2013

Yuk Hui's "Archivist Manifesto" aims to politicize the archive and archival practices by rethinking the role and meaning of the archivist in digital culture. Further, Hui asks how we might re-conceptualize digital objects in relation to the evolution of the web. Media Archaeology, Media Archive

Manifesto for the Digital Humanities, 2011

Developed out of a THATCamp in Paris, the authors of the "Manifesto for the Digital Humanities" attempt to define, situate, and guide the study of digital technologies in the humanities. Most pointedly, the authors of the "Manifesto for the Digital Humanities" call for a stronger methodological relation of the humanities to the social sciences. Digital Humanities

A Digital Humanities Manifesto (Precursor to The Digital Humanities Manifesto 2.0)

A "Digital Humanities Manifesto" is the precursor to "The Digital Humanities Manifesto 2.0." It offers a first set of methods and definitions for the digital humanities that are focused on collaboration, open access, and experimentation. Digital Humanities

The Digital Humanities Manifesto 2.0

The authors of the "Digital Humanities Manifesto 2.0" outline a series of focal points for the study of digital technologies and culture in the humanities. It is a historical, theoretical, and creative document. It builds on and refines the ideas and imperatives presented in "A Digital Humanities Manifesto." Digital Humanities