[Humanist] 24.622 more than the cuts

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Fri Dec 31 07:10:49 CET 2010

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 622.
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        Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2010 22:15:26 +0100
        From: Claire Clivaz <claire.clivaz at unil.ch>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 24.619 more than the cuts
        In-Reply-To: <20101228080637.7D9ABC6732 at woodward.joyent.us>

Dear Willard,

I agree with you that the main challenge is probably our lack of imagination. How can we reshape our institutional habits and academic modes of production and evaluation? We have probably in front of us an amount of new possibilities - even in financial terms. But it takes always time and efforts to change the habits.

Let's think for example to the usual modes of scholarly publication: as academic author, I have never received any money for my monographs or collected essays. It seems normal. But this situation could change, if we begin to produce scholarly applications, for example. We need only a collaboration between an engineer and an academic author to produce it; the resulting benefits could then be shared 50-50%.

The Universities could in fact be the new publishers, with international editorial boards for each thematic serie, and some editorial «logos» such as “@Princeton”, “@King'sCollege”, etc. The series could be called: “FrenchLiterature at Princeton”, “Archeology at Cambridge”, etc.

To be honest, the future role of our usual editors is not really clear for me: this impression is also linked to the fact that they are, in Humanities, quite slow to react to the electronic new market. They principally serve to give a «certification» to the best academic productions, but such processes can probably be recomposed around the academic institutions.

Just think what it would mean if the 50% of the benefits created by the scholarly publications could be returned to the Universities, and be used for further researches...

Happy New Year to all!

Claire Clivaz (Lausanne, CH)

Le 28 déc. 2010 à 09:06, Humanist Discussion Group a écrit :

>                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 619.
>         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
>                       www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist
>                Submit to: humanist at lists.digitalhumanities.org
>        Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2010 16:47:53 +0000
>        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
>        Subject: more dangerous than the cuts
> Those here who have been following the outcries against the cuts to 
> higher education in the U.K. will want to read Simon Head's article in 
> the latest issue of the New York Review of Books, "The Grim Threat to 
> British Universities", 
> www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2011/jan/13/grim-threat-british-universities/.
> Places in the world that are more favourable to research will benefit from the 
> inevitable migration of talent. But let me ask again: would it not be wise to 
> consider ways of working and problems on which to work that do not depend 
> on large-scale institutional support? We do not any longer need computer 
> centres, at least for raw computing power. Communication networks may be 
> assumed. Storage is cheap. There are exceptions, of course, but starting to 
> make such a list leads me to think that resources aren't really the problem. 
> I am led to think that imagination, or the lack of it, is -- that what matters is 
> what we know to desire. Good resources help, of course. But what good are 
> they if we're thinking that a job at the end of education is the target?
> Yours,
> WM
> -- 
> Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
> King's College London, staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/;
> Professor, Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney,
> www.uws.edu.au/centre_for_cultural_research/ccr/people/researchers;
> Editor, Humanist, www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist;
> Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, www.isr-journal.org.

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