I was struck by a blog post from the Miram Posner’s Blog entitled, “Some things to think about before you exhort everyone to code.”
Here, there, and everywhere, we’re being told: A DHer should code! Don’t know how?Learn! The work that’s getting noticed, one can’t help but see, is code. As digital humanities winds its way into academic departments, it seems reasonable to predict that the work that will get people jobs — the work that marks a real digital humanist — will be work that shows that you can code.
And that work is overwhelmingly by men. There are some important exceptions, but the pattern is pretty clear.
Can humanists who like to play with computers really call ourselves “DHers”?
If we say that humanists need to learn to code, should we also ask that coders learn Humanities, or should we admit we come to this profession with a preformatted division of labor?
I think this is an important discussion to have.