This article examines the implications of the use of computer-based tools and techniques within the humanities, a phenomenon which has exhibited considerable growth and popularity over recent years. The ёrst section provides some historical context for understanding these developments, and the second section assesses the meaning of these developments for the research practices of humanities scholars. The ёnal section raises further questions and challenges facing those wishing to deploy and promote ‘digital humanities’. The article is informed by insights and perspectives from another interdisciplinary ёeld, namely ‘science and technology studies’ (STS). STS is concerned with, among other things, the material basis of knowledge production, and thus has much to offer to understanding the use of digital technologies within the humanities.