15.138 Newcastle: after the wine

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                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 138.
          Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

            Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2001 15:21:39 -0500 (EST)
            From: Francois Lachance <lachance@chass.utoronto.ca>
            Subject: Newcastle -- after the wine

    Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2001 13:49:06 -0400 (EDT)
    From: Francois Lachance <lachance@chass.utoronto.ca>

    To the attendees of the symposium hosted by
    Centre for Literary and Linguistic Computing
    The University of Newcastle Australia
    on the theme of
    A Practicable Future for Computing in the Humanities

    Anyone care to venture a report on the session led by Allen Renear?

    I am intrigued by his contention that

    humanists don't deserve the illumination thay have gotten. For the most
    part they remain quite set in their familar ways -- deploying tired
    (however various) analytical strategies and rhetorical practices, that,
    when combined a faint-heartedness (or is it diffedence?) about engagement
    on unfamiliar ground ensures that promising wonderful new lines of
    research will be mostly fumbled rather than developed.

    I suspect the attendees were able to construct a knowledge representation
    that ontologically and operationally made a distinction between
    "humanitsts" and "computing humanists". Was a similar distinction made
    between "tired rhetoric" and appeals to novelty (the invocation of the
    good of the new being by now an old ploy)? All ironic quips aside, I am
    genuinely interested in learning about the tenor of this session since the
    individual psychologies of key players can be determining factors in the
    history of a group's knowledge practices, let alone how that history may
    affect the future objects and subjects of a sociology of knowledge.

    The abstracts are available in a proprietary format:

    Francois Lachance, Scholar-at-large
    20th : Machine Age :: 21st : Era of Reparation

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