[Humanist] 27.341 what can we learn from the DHO's disappearance?

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sat Sep 14 12:11:21 CEST 2013

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 341.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:44:40 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: disappearance of the DHO

I'm almost certainly not the only one to wonder why it is that 
institutional units of digital humanities have for decades failed to 
last. Several greats of the past (e.g. Oxford, Bergen, Toronto, 
Princeton-Rutgers) and many smaller, more local centres have come and 
gone. Some of us have talked about organizing a session for one of the 
DH conferences to unearth and discuss the reasons. Since these reasons 
would involve living persons and academic politics the issues are 
sensitive. But surely this should not put us off the trail of a rather 
important question for the survival of new centres today.

Alan Liu has asked, "Where is the cultural criticism in digital humanities?" 
Perhaps some variety of cultural criticism should be applied to the 
question of the DHO. What can we learn from its disappearance?

Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor, Department of Digital
Humanities, King's College London, and Research Group in Digital
Humanities, University of Western Sydney

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