“Digital Humanities,” presented at the Law and Humanities Conference, May 19, 2018, Stanford Law School.
This conference featured presentations from contributors to the Oxford Handbook of Law and Humanities, edited by Simon Stern and Bernadette Peters. Discussing digital humanities in this context requires engaging with the reliance on digital databases of cases in legal research that dates to the 1970s, and with the recent focus on developing digital tools for legal practice. That makes beginning with a critical review of search even more crucial, as a way of considering digital humanities tools as a means of addressing the limits of search as a research practice. My presentation built on the approach I took in “Searching for Anglo-American Legal History,” with more attention to the digital scholarship appearing in law reviews. That scholarship is an extension of quantitative approaches to studying the law, with digital humanities approaches and methods still to appear.