[Humanist] 26.308 Humanist's scope

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sat Sep 15 08:54:46 CEST 2012


                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 308.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Paul Gehl <gehlp at newberry.org>                            (44)
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 26.307 Humanist's scope?

  [2]   From:    Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>          (19)
        Subject: Humanist's content


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        Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2012 09:25:33 -0500
        From: Paul Gehl <gehlp at newberry.org>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 26.307 Humanist's scope?
        In-Reply-To: <20120914054958.A1424291AD5 at woodward.joyent.us>

Please don't specialize too much; indeed, don't specialize at all. One 
great value of this list as presently organized is that it allows us 
glimpses of ongoing work in so many fields, which we may individually 
follow up, off-list, for the specialties that seem likely to be useful 
for our own work.

Paul F. Gehl
Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation
   on the History of Printing
The Newberry Library
60 w. Walton St.
Chicago, IL 60610 USA

Humanist Discussion Group wrote:
>                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 307.
>              Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
>                         www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist
>                  Submit to: humanist at lists.digitalhumanities.org
>
>
>
>          Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2012 06:46:58 +0100
>          From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
>          Subject: a question about Humanist's scope
>
> Dear colleagues,
>
> As computing extends ever more into all corners of academic and social
> life, and as the digital humanities grows, diversifies and consolidates,
> it's no surprise that from time to time we should wonder about what
> appears here. I'd like to have your advice on that.
>
> Today's posting of events is a good example: one undoubtedly relevant
> item on libraries; one on dynamical knowledge representation; one on
> computational intelligence in health monitoring. A case could be made
> for the diminishing relevance of these items, in the order I have listed
> them. I can imagine someone arguing that a reader of Humanist would get
> the wrong impression of, say, dynamical KR from just this one item, that
> he or she would be better off going to a place where KR is the main
> topic. And health informatics? The bridge to that topic, someone might
> say, is tenuous indeed. Let's specialise.
>
> What do you think?
>
> Yours,
> WM



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        Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 07:17:19 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: Humanist's content
        In-Reply-To: <20120914054958.A1424291AD5 at woodward.joyent.us>

One of us wrote to me, asking that the note not be circulated but saying 
something that I think needs to be aired. It was this: that he gets 
annoyed when, frustratingly, announcements of very local events are 
circulated. I think this deserves explanation of why I do that.

Two reasons. First it is my experience that in a place as large as 
London some people find out about London events via Humanist. 
I assume the same is true for other large centres. Second is 
the presumed benefit (real as far as I am concerned) of finding out 
about the kinds of things that are happening, beneficial, I think, even 
if one cannot possibly attend.

But what do you think?

Yours,
WM
-- 
Willard McCarty, FRAI / Professor of Humanities Computing & Director of
the Doctoral Programme, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College
London; Professor, School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics,
University of Western Sydney; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
(www.isr-journal.org); Editor, Humanist
(www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist/); www.mccarty.org.uk/





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