19.116 Myth, practice, theory

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2005 07:02:53 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 19, No. 116.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Mon, 04 Jul 2005 07:00:00 +0100
         From: lachance_at_origin.chass.utoronto.ca (Francois Lachance)
         Subject: Myth, practice, theory


Here is a little food for thought or a nibble for the conversations
between presentations at the gatherings of academic computing humanists.
Shosana Felman writes in Jacques Lacan and the Adventure of Insight

Myth in Freud is not an accident of theory: it is not external to the
theory, but the very vehicle of theory, a vehicle of _mediation between
practice and theorization_.

Of course, the obvious question is to ask after myths of humanities
computing. But before launching that call I want to point to the terms
"vehicle" and the slight difference between "theory" and "theorization".
And so ask if a theorist is not always already an accidental tourist or it
there is not a theorist in every subscriber native?

Francois Lachance, Scholar-at-large
Skill may be the capacity to manipulate perceptions of knowledge.
Magic is.
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