[Humanist] 32.46 when do we stop

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sat May 26 08:31:15 CEST 2018

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 46.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Fri, 25 May 2018 09:58:29 +0200
        From: maurizio lana <maurizio.lana at uniupo.it>
        Subject: Re:  32.44 when do we stop?
        In-Reply-To: <20180525060758.680FC1589 at s16382816.onlinehome-server.info>

Il 25/05/18 08:07, Humanist Discussion Group ha scritto:
     A new member of Humanist recently admitted to an interest in (I quote
     from memory) "digital as amplification of interdisciplinary". Engaged
     I am, along with numerous others, in research spreading across many
     disciplines, fuelled by quick if not immediate access to a deluge of
     articles and books, this phrase struck a chord, loudly.

hi willard,
you too struck a chord, for me: it's when you say "how to persuade those in
fields more constrained than mine that I'm saying anything at all".
where my reading (my gadamerian description) : "how to persuade those in
computer science, philosophy, humanities, that Digital Humanities are saying
anything at all".

it is that "saying anything at all", the core. in the last year in italy we had
quite a long debate, inside the italian DH association (AIUCD) and with a
strong critic of DH about what DH can/could say of 'scientifically sound'. the
position of the critic was - i simplify a little - that DH aren't saying
anything at all, and that those who say something are 'traditional' computer
science, philosophy, humanities, etc.
the enjeu is not only (as usual) the method but "the discourse of DH" in global


Maurizio Lana
Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici
Università del Piemonte Orientale
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