[Humanist] 29.607 change of name?

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sat Jan 9 11:35:32 CET 2016

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 607.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2016 10:21:39 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: being unfashionable

In conversation recently a colleague remarked that he had deliberately 
omitted any use of the term "digital humanities" in a forthcoming book 
whose research is based on application of digital methods to research in 
literary studies. He said that he wished to avoid any association of the 
research with DH because, he thought, it would prove a damaging 
distraction. Fair enough, I think, though frustrating to anyone wanting 
to find out what's happening in digital literary studies.

Plainly his book isn't about DH. The real worry is that a serious 
scholar (which he is) would react to activities in DH because he 
considers them noise to scholarship. Come to think of it ....

Perhaps it's time for yet another change of name, this time one that 
distances that which scholars value in digital humanities from that 
which they don't?


Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor, Department of Digital
Humanities, King's College London, and Digital Humanities Research
Group, Western Sydney University

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