On DH in Brazil
On DH in Brazil
An Interview with Ana Lígia Silva Medeiros
This interview, held in the first half of 2018, focuses on the digital humanities in Brazil. It discusses various aspects of the subject. It signals an increasing interest in the digital humanities in Brazil, visible in several initiatives, and materialized in projects and works both theoretical and applied. The growing creation of laboratories, study centers, or research groups stimulates discussion and the strengthening of the general humanities. Lacking the support of specific public policies, the initiatives listed are the fruit of commitment by researchers, since branches of government have not yet identified an important research area for the development of new knowledge in the humanities. The interview lists names of important Brazilian activists from the area of digital humanities. It also points out the difficulties in the development of the digital humanities, such as the lack of knowledge of the area by researchers and the tendency to reduce the budgets of institutions and universities due to the current economic crisis. Publications, seminars, and other activities that enable the wide exchange of experiences developed at the national and international levels are considered fundamental in the strengthening of the field. Finally, it highlights the relevance of the promotion of events for dissemination in the area, like the 1st International Congress on Digital Humanities, which involved universities, research centers, and cultural institutions in its organization.
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