[Humanist] 30.498 state of relations

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Thu Nov 17 08:33:54 CET 2016

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 30, No. 498.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2016 06:20:22 -0600
        From: James Rovira <jamesrovira at gmail.com>
        Subject: Re:  30.497 state of relations?
        In-Reply-To: <20161116070147.7E38E81FC at digitalhumanities.org>

Why not subservience? How can congruence and subservience be two different things until DH is coherently theorized in some way that is relatively independent of any humanities discipline (try to imagine what that would look like)? Otherwise, the computing component of DH can only relate to the humanities component of DH as a set of tools or practices, most of which have been around for quite some time.

I think the persons who tried to perform this task would need dual doctorates in humanities and computing. I'd imagine the humanities discipline would be philosophy, maybe working with people like Robert Brandom.  

Another fruitful path might be the creative route, but I think we'd still need a high level of dual competence, and only computing people would be able to appreciate the end product.

Jim R

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

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