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        Date: 2019-11-08 12:23:29+00:00
        From: Michael Piotrowski 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.379: what is...

On 2019-11-06, Henry Schaffer  wrote:

>> It's already hard enough to get funding for interdisciplinary
>> research (the Swiss National Science Foundation, for example,
>> explicitly excludes interdisciplinary research from all but one of
>> its funding instruments).
> Do they really exclude supporting research in bioinformatics, genomics
> and all those related areas which have arisen recently?

Well, it all hinges on how you define “interdisciplinary.”  For the
SNSF, research is interdisciplinary when “[a] similar degree of
importance is attached to all the disciplines involved.”  Proposals that
involve “only one discipline or one main discipline supported by
auxiliary disciplines” are eligible for regular project funding.

The effect of this regulation on DH is clearly visible in the project
database (http://p3.snf.ch): practically all projects with the keyword
“digital humanities” are in a traditional humanities discipline, and the
“digital” comes in the form of supporting tools or methods (± what I
call applied DH).  However, research on methods and meta-models (what I
call theoretical DH) isn’t possible in such a setting, as the research
question is neither mostly in the humanities nor mostly in computer


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