[Humanist] 26.859 the turn turn
Humanist Discussion Group
willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Fri Mar 8 07:26:50 CET 2013
Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 859.
Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Thu, 07 Mar 2013 07:59:01 +0000
From: John Levin <john at anterotesis.com>
Subject: Re: 26.843 the turn turn?
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On 03/03/2013 11:26, Humanist Discussion Group wrote:
> Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 843.
> Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
> Submit to: humanist at lists.digitalhumanities.org
> Date: Sun, 03 Mar 2013 10:50:08 +0000
> From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
> Subject: the turn turn
> For reasons (I assure you) having to do with computing I have found
> myself wondering about the outbreak of turns. The OED considers Jonathan
> Swift's usage in A Project for the Advancement of Religion, and the
> Reformation of Manners: By a Person of Quality (1709), "This is not to
> be accomplished...but by introducing Religion as much as possible to be
> the Turn and Fashion of the Age", meaning "That to which (the age or
> time) is disposed", to be rare. It seems to me to fit our habit of
> reference to "the linguistic turn", "the spatial turn", ad nauseam,
> rather well. I wonder first when this habit began with reference to
> disciplinary inclinations and whether anyone has done the homework and
> written about it.
An interesting article criticizing 'turns' is
Katrina Navickas' "'Why I am tired of turning’: a theoretical interlude"
My personal feeling is that the current 'spatial turn' is qualitatively
different to those preceding because it is fundamentally driven, or
enabled, by the new NoGIS / neogeographic technologies, such as Google
I'd very much like to read Willard's reasons 'having to do with
computing' that led him to ask this question.
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