Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 27. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 2019-05-20 05:20:23+00:00 From: Willard McCarty
Subject: what happens when we 'invent' by digital means? What is happening when we discover something new by digital means -- not afterwards but during, as this new thing emerges from the previously unknown or otherwise unknowable? The rigid disciplinary structure of the academy tends, I think, to confine research in digital humanities to this or that host discipline, be it literary studies, sociology, history or whatever. In consequence of our reward structure, researchers tend to focus on results that are relevant to whatever their discipline of origin may be, neglecting exploration of the methodological common ground. We have made considerable fuss over modelling, for example, but not done much to probe the workings and limitations common to all modelling. Or have we? If the above is wrong, I hope that contradictions or at least qualifications, spelled out in some detail, erupt. If not, then perhaps you might comment on what you think is happening during digital inquiry, or whatever others have said about it, when its pursuit leads to the discovery/invention of something new. Comments? Yours, WM -- Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist (www.dhhumanist.org) _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com 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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