The Digital Age has revolutionized economy, society and our private lives. For decades now, digitalization has also touched most branches of the humanities. With the rising importance of the so called Digital Humanities, Art History is about to change signiﬁcantly. Since the slide library is irreversibly replaced by image databases, the fact that our media have turned digital opens up to new possibilities. Academic books and journals are increasingly accessed and published via internet. Data-driven approaches enable us to visualize large data-sets and big image data. Computer vision, gamiﬁcation and citizen science spur new epistemic approaches.
Many such approaches are currently evolving in the international sphere of Art History. Those ideas and projects are in need of a platform of interchange and discourse. A discourse that is linked to Digital Humanities, but regards the special interests and needs of Art History as a historical image science at the interface to Information Science. Thus, the “International Journal of Digital Art History” (DAH) will give authors in this ﬁeld the opportunity to reach a wider audience, spark a discussion on the future of our discipline and generate an international and interdisciplinary network of scholars and practitioners.
This is a call for manuscripts. The ﬁrst issue of DAH is scheduled for early 2015. It will focus on the deﬁnition of “Digital Art History” in relation to “non-digital”, to information science and general DH. It will encompass the range of the ﬁeld and its vector into the future. It will also highlight exceptional projects and feature book reviews.
Featured author will be Lev Manovich. He is Professor at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and a Director of the Software Studies Initiative that works on the analysis and visualization of big cultural data.