[Humanist] 22.507 why digital humanities

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sat Feb 7 09:12:57 CET 2009

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 507.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2009 17:46:22 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: why digital humanities

"FOLKLORE STUDIES, like any other kind of studies, don't just happen. 
Fields of scholarship occur because specific technological and economic 
and institutional resources are available and because specific 
individuals utilize those resources in specific ways. Whatever measure 
of intellectual or academic freedom we enjoy takes place in a grid 
defined by pre-existent theoretical and social models which we accept or 
with which we must contend, with machines that help us deal in specific 
ways with the implications of those models, and with rewards available 
to those of us who use both models and machines in ways that seem 
valuable to the payers of salaries and the givers of grants."

Bruce Jackson, “Things that from a long way off look like flies”, The 
Journal of American Folklore 98.388 (April-June 1985): 131.

Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
King's College London, staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/;
Editor, Humanist, www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist;
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, www.isr-journal.org.

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