[Humanist] 29.607 change of name?
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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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