[Humanist] 24.310 designing an academic DH department

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Sat Sep 4 10:22:16 CEST 2010

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 310.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2010 06:44:55 +1000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: activities of a DH department

One aspect of the question I posed about an academic DH department 
hasn't had much attention: what would the ideal range of activities be? 
Apart from Julianne's important point about communicating with the 
public, what would we have this department doing?

Collaborative projects are one obvious activity. Another is teaching. 
Another is research-training, through the PhD and otherwise. Would there 
be any research professors (i.e. those who do nothing else but 
research)? What else?

Some other questions.

If you were setting up such a department how would you go about hiring 
the people to do the jobs? Would you design roles and then fill them, or 
would you simply get the best people you could and see what happens? 
There's alot to say for the latter, I would suppose.

How would you describe the mandate of this department? How would you 
justify its existence given the fact that budgets are not unlimited?

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,
Editor, Humanist, www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist;
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, www.isr-journal.org.

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