Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 290. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org  From: Catharine Mason
Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.288: 'humanities' or 'human sciences' (47)  From: Francois Lachance Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.280: 'humanities' or 'human sciences'? (50) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: 2018-12-24 06:56:53+00:00 From: Catharine Mason Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.288: 'humanities' or 'human sciences' Greetings All, As a Franco-American scholar, I tend to use both terms. I cherish the term 'Humanities' that continues to be used in the intellectual tradition of my birth country, but I find *les sciences humaines* to be a more accurate expression of our academic values and goals. The strict division between what may be referred to as the "lab sciences" and those sciences that study human sign systems and cultural productions is highly problematic and detrimental to the cultivation and transmission of our disciplines. The political and economic degradation of the humanities/ human sciences is clearly facilitated by the false idea that the study of human experience and expression is non-scientific. I also prefer being referred to as a scientist -- someone who upholds observation and description, objectivity, and critical analysis as essential to the activities we engage in -- rather than 'humanist', a term that is, to my mind charged with confusing connotations and dogmas, especially for those outside of our fields of study. Lastly, I sometimes use the term 'culture sciences' as introduced by Ernst Cassirer, and find his reunion of what he refers to as the sciences of nature and culture to be of great value to these questions. Amicalement, Catharine -- Catharine Mason, PhD Associate Professor of English and Linguistic Ethnography Université de Caen Normandie Maison de la recherche en sciences humaines Esplanade de la Paix 14032 CAEN Cedex France President of VOVA France and VOVA, Inc. www.vovarts.org https://www.facebook.com/CrossingLanguageBorders Board Member, Pays des Miroirs Productions http://www.paysdesmiroirs.com/ Board Member, Civ.Works https://civ.works -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: 2018-12-23 23:40:35+00:00 From: Francois Lachance Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.280: 'humanities' or 'human sciences'? Willard You point and deflect from the terminology question: > This is a question about terminology, but I think not just that. [...] > What do others do? I very much hope not strengthen the barricades in > view of the elders who rule within the fortifications. Could it be a question of technological deployment? Trojan horses? I point to this message that appeared December 19, 2018 on the American Musicological Society ListservI must confess that the line between musicology and ethnomusicology seems blurred to me and Ive never quite understood it (though I'll also confess that my ethnomusicology experience is extremely limited). It also seems to me that many universities and colleges do not have as large or active an ethnomusicology staff as they do musicology; and it seems possible to me that's due to an increasingly connected and interdisciplinary academic world -- emerging scholars could be approaching their 'journey' from quite circumloquitous routes that do not follow a traditional academic path and discipline silo (I started in historical performance and now am exploring spatiomorphology in VR, and my doctoral chair is an electroacoustic composer who was formerly an engineer for NASA, and I can speak of many of my colleagues who likewise have an 'unconventional' path). It seems like it is time to collectively begin broadening the discourse about what our disciplines are and can be perceived as, and expanding/welcoming integrated approaches to topics. I believe we are going to see an increasing amount of research that blurs the line between disciplines -- especially with technology pushing the lines between the arts themselves and the rise of emerging media and transmedia applications. Jeffrey Clark MM Doctoral Student Ball State University-- 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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