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Humanist Archives: Dec. 6, 2018, 6:50 a.m. Humanist 32.250 - influence of digital humanities

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    [1]    From: Willard McCarty 
           Subject: influence of digital humanities (31)

    [2]    From: John Lynch 
           Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.245: influence of digital humanities? (21)

    [3]    From: Andre Pacheco 
           Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.246: influence of digital humanities (11)

        Date: 2018-12-05 06:53:17+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty 
        Subject: influence of digital humanities

The question of whether, and if so how, digital humanities has 
influenced other disciplines is a calmer version of a long-standing 
question that at one time marched under the banner of "evidence of 
value", and before that was also the subject of considerable 
hand-wringing, even despair. See my chapter, "Getting there from here", 
in Advancing Digital Humanities, ed. Paul Longley Arthur and Katherine 
Bode, pp. 298-302; footnote 29 catalogues the evidence of that 
hand-wringing. The fact that we keep asking this question is indeed 
evidence of its value, though those who need to come up with a 
justification for all the fuss over digital humanities won't find proof.

My argument now is essentially that the answer lies in exploring the 
intellectual relationships, the potential as well as or perhaps more 
than the actual ones, between digital humanities and the other 
disciplines. An instance of this argument is forthcoming in a pair of 
book chapters: "Modelling, ontology and wild thought: Toward an 
anthropology of the artificially intelligent", to appear in 2019, and 
"As perceived, not as known: Experimental science, anthropology and 
phenomenal possibilities of computational enquiry", with luck to appear 
in 2021. Watch this space, patiently....

Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/),
Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London;
Adjunct Professor, Western Sydney University; Editor, Interdisciplinary 
Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist 

        Date: 2018-12-05 15:04:48+00:00
        From: John Lynch 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.245: influence of digital humanities?

Again, not exactly what you're asking for, but UCLA HumTech (formerly 
the Center for Digital Humanities) just hosted its third DH Infrastructure 
Symposium. The original goal of the symposium was for those of us who provide 
the infrastructure that supports DH work (both physical infrastructure like 
servers and human infrastructure like archivists, programmers, and project 
managers) to get together and share what we've learned about how to do that 
successfully. This year's presentations included talks on building labs or 
services that match faculty needs and adapting IT project planning workflows 
to bureaucratic inertia. You can see the slides at 


John A. Lynch, PhD
Academic Technology Manager | UCLA Humanities Technology 
1020 Public Affairs Bldg. | Los Angeles, CA 90095 
Office: (310) 206-5630 | humtech.ucla.edu   

        Date: 2018-12-05 09:48:49+00:00
        From: Andre Pacheco 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.246: influence of digital humanities

Dears CJ and Brett,

I greatly appreciate your suggestions, which I'll use as a starting point
for my endeavours.

Hopefully I will be able to scavenge more literature from those!

André Pacheco
PhD student
University of Coimbra, Portugal

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