[Humanist] 30.20 deliberate interdisciplinary training?

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Fri May 13 06:59:33 CEST 2016

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 30, No. 20.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Fri, 13 May 2016 05:48:35 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: training

Here is a question brought to mind by the recent, more immediately 
practical question of training: has anyone instituted postdocs which 
train early-career academics in digital humanities by way of 
service-orientated apprenticeships? In effect a number of us from my 
generation (and from ones that followed) went through such training as a 
matter of food-on-the-table necessity. However resentful I was then, 
subsequently I have come greatly to appreciate what I learned from 
speaking to academics across the disciplines and helping them to figure 
out what computers could do for their research. I have often thought 
since then that the right way to receive such training (which I think is 
essential to a concentration in digital humanities) would be through a 3 
to 5-year postdoctoral fellowship.

Administrations move slowly -- and that is in many respects a good 
thing. But what if they didn't in this case? Has anyone thought or even 
acted along similar lines?


Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor, Department of Digital
Humanities, King's College London

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