[Humanist] 30.497 state of relations?

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Wed Nov 16 08:01:47 CET 2016

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 30, No. 497.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2016 06:50:25 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: state of relations?

This is a question answers to which will be especially helpful if they
come from a wide variety of disciplines. Certain knowledge would be good
but is unlikely, so guesses will do.

Here's the question:

How congruent is digital humanities with the central concerns of your
discipline? What is its potential to change the discipline in ways that
you think would be healthy AND that are recognised as such or have a
good chance of becoming thus recognised?

The history of digital humanities from the late 1940s until the 1990s
suggests to me that congruence (not subservience, not revolutionary
insurrection) is crucial. Though the ranting of the ignored and the din of
battle tell us much about both computing and the humanities, the
transformations that people seem to want come about by like answering to
like. (Disagreements about this most welcome.)

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

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