Experimental Humanities

About the Concentration

About the Concentration
How does technology mediate what it means to be human? How has it always done this? The Experimental Humanities (EH) concentration is Bard's liberal arts-driven answer to the rapidly expanding Digital Humanities. EH provides students with the historical context, theoretical background, and analytical and technical skills to engage productively with new forms of humanistic inquiry as they arise. We place emphasis on reconsidering “old” media in light of today’s technologies, and look ahead to the inevitable developments on the horizon.

Experimental Humanities is committed to the study of what it means to be human and to the role of experimentation in scholarship, learning, and the arts. The concentration embraces the ethos of “practice” and “making” that characterizes the digital arts and humanities even as it insists on the importance of writing and theory as humanistic practices in their own right. Students moderating into Experimental Humanities do so simultaneously with their primary program, with the option of doing a “practice-rich” Senior Project in conjunction with that program.