[Humanist] 27.650 disciplinary labels and boundaries

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Fri Dec 27 09:50:38 CET 2013

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 650.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Wed, 25 Dec 2013 00:55:10 +0100
        From: "Dr. Hartmut Krech" <kr538 at zfn.uni-bremen.de>
        Subject: Re:  27.648 disciplinary labels and boundaries
        In-Reply-To: <20131224100905.2A640604A at digitalhumanities.org>

Dear Willard,

You seem to argue for the 'tentative' as a concomitant of 
interdisciplinary or rather post-disciplinary research. It 
is well in place, not only between traditional areas of 
research and teaching, or when new technology like computing 
(or scientific illustration for that matter) redefines the 
argumentative structure within the professions, but also 
when scholars from widely differing scientific traditions 
(e.g. China and Western Europe and America) begin to 
negotiate a common ground of discourse.

On the other hand -- the Sokal hoax may still ring in some 
readers' ears --, the 'independence' claimed and exploited 
in post-modern thinking will leave few, if any traces. When 
I read that the early modern 'cabinets of curiosities' 
showed "that nature and art had histories," I remember 
Plinii Naturalis Historia and don't have a great mind to 
read the book.

I feel that digital humanities, not the least because you 
keep on raising the question, is on a good way of becoming a 
discipline by giving guidance to divergent and sometimes 
disparate approaches, where one may also discuss 
perspectives like Badiou's ontology that do not seem to 
pertain to Digital Humanities at first sight.

Best regards,

Am 24.12.2013 11:09, schrieb Humanist Discussion Group:
> The word I want to focus on here is "independent", to argue for the
> independence of mind that can discern the independence, or tentative, or
> qualified interdependence of intellectual objects on each other. [...]
> Nice, agreeable collaborative arrangements have their place and
> function. But what about the creative force of digital humanities?

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