Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 252. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org  From: Tim Smithers
Subject: Fwd: Re: [Humanist] 32.245: influence of digital humanities? (79)  From: Andre Pacheco Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.250: influence of digital humanities (36) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: 2018-12-07 06:33:11+00:00 From: Tim Smithers Subject: Fwd: Re: [Humanist] 32.245: influence of digital humanities? Dear André, You ask an interesting question, but, to me, you then make it less interesting, by constraining the answer you look for. Why must "the influence of digital humanities" be "on the methodological and theoretical development of other research fields"? These are, I think, the last places in any discipline to display changes, from whatever influence. I would look more at how the research questions being investigated, in other disciplines, have been influenced by interactions with the Digital Humanities: changed in kind and in form. As an example I would point to work on the high definition 3D scanning of historical artifacts and their subsequent high definition rendering for use in further historical study and scholarship. What constitutes an adequate 3D scan of these kinds of objects, and how these can be reliably obtained, and what it takes to then provide high definition renderings sufficient to stand in place of the original object (for at least some studies) have raised research question new and different from those associated with the sufficiently good 3D scanning and rendering of (much more more recent) industrially made objects, for example. This work with historical artifacts has not, as far as I'm aware, influenced developments in methods and theory of laser scanning and graphical rendering, but it has changed the way researchers frame, think about, and investigate the scanning and rendering techniques need to work well for historians of ancient artifacts. The research questions of the (digital) historians have influenced the research questions of the 3D scanning and rendering researchers, I would say. Or is this kind of thing not what you're thinking of? Best regards, Tim > On 04 Dec 2018, at 07:17, Humanist wrote: > > Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 245. > Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London > www.dhhumanist.org > Submit to: email@example.com > > > > > Date: 2018-12-03 10:04:06+00:00 > From: Andre Pacheco > Subject: The influence of humanities > > Often when discussing Digital Humanities, we focus our speech on how do the > new digital tools help shape the humanist scholarly practice, bridging > collaboration between humanist scholars and IT professionals or, more > broadly, more technologically-oriented people. However, a perspective that > seems to be heavily overlooked is how this cooperation simultaneously > inspires and transforms the practice of the latter. > > In this sense, I come to ask if anyone has written about the influence of > digital humanities on the methodological and theoretical development of > other research fields, as part of the increasing dialogue between humanists > and IT people. So far I only have knowledge that in the CAA 2018 > archeological proceedings this might have been discussed. > > This is a research line I am becoming interested to develop as I believe > that a dialogue is always bi-directional, hence it would fall short to > study merely the 'them to us' influence. Also, knowing how we influence > others can also help providing a greater sense of identity to the field. > > All suggestions will be most appreciated, > > Best regards, > André Pacheco -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: 2018-12-06 10:57:45+00:00 From: Andre Pacheco Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.250: influence of digital humanities Willard, From a methodological point of view, your reasoning is far more correct than my initial formulation. I committed the methodological error of asking "what are the influences", instead of being more scientifically rigorous by first wondering, as you suggest, "are there?.... and if so, which". This formulation does indeed open space for a more constructive approach where we can first theoretically idealize the nature of the interactions among humanists and other fields, and then look into reality to perceive the differences between the desired and the existing ones. Note that I use "desired" with a lot of caution. I do not believe that a single individual will be flooded with inspiration and suddenly write down feverishly the holy guide of ultimate interaction and potential between the fields. I do believe, however, that practice first feeds theory, and that then theory guides practice. Using your words, it's maybe by first analysing the actual relationships that can identify where they are lacking, and come up with a set of desired intellectual relationships which in turn, after being formulated, will drive the practice community towards their implementation, and subsequent change. In this sense, maybe a case study with IT professionals working with DH projects could be a useful a starting point for the discussion between the distance and potential between actual and intellectual relationships, to help me initiate my research while eagerly awaiting the release of the books you mentioned. John, the symposium has interesting talks, although sometimes hard to follow due to the nature of the power points. Nevertheless, I appreciate your contribution. If some form of proceedings of written contributions are ever produced, I'd be most interested in reading them. Best, André Pacheco PhD student on archival digital preservation University of Coimbra, Portugal _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: firstname.lastname@example.org List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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