Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 277. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 2018-12-20 02:28:40+00:00 From: Francois Lachance
Subject: Archived Bauble Remembered Willard I am looking forward to your solstice musings again this year -- the year as the French say when Humanist was _rescape_ -- rescued maybe even reshaped. During the hiatus we had the archive and it is there that I plunged recently to revisit like a cherished Christmas bauble the missives you sent out in anticipation of the returning of the light. I was particularly intrigued by your 2001 posting that quotes Greg Denning (which I read with a note of envy since Readings/Writings is not available in my local research library). You begin by quoting a vivid image which reminds me of the tracery of the lines in one's hand and how reading the past and writing the future is as tenuous as palm reading (my own interpolation of an image of body and scrying).The webs of significance of any event, place or person are fine-lined and faint. It takes a lot of looking to see them. And the answers to any question that we have of them are never obvious, because the questions we ask of them are not the questions the people of the past were asking of themselves.... The most unhistorical thing we can do is to imagine that the past is us in funny clothes. Our imagination has to allow us to experience what we share with the past and see difference at the same time....https://dhhumanist.org/Archives/Virginia/v15/0396.html You go on to invoke Peter Shillingsburg who 'asked in a talk he gave in London recently, do we hear that which goes without saying? "Imagination is hearing the silence", Dening suggests, "because we have heard some of the sounds around it. Imagination is seeing the absent things because we have seen so much else. Imagination is an act of human solidarity, or rather, imagination is an act of solidarity in our humanness." (p. 209).' This year's hiatus of Humanist was punctuated by your reassuring messages that the venue and forum would soon again serve the purposes of knitting its subscribers in solidarity and conviviality. Some silences need not be imagined because they are experienced and sometimes it is good that they fade, become fine-lined and faint ... Which of course leads me to pose a question: are the ways of forgetting that served the past similar to the ways of forgetting that serve the present? It is perhaps counterintuitive to ask about forgetting when so much of the work in humanities computing is about preservation but I ask nevertheless since without forgetting one can have no joy in rediscovery. I am of course assuming that forgetting takes on a very different nuance when and where archives exist. -- Francois Lachance Scholar-at-large http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~lachance https://berneval.blogspot.com _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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