Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 167. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: email@example.com Date: 2019-08-05 11:17:36+00:00 From: Willard McCarty
Subject: sticking to what one knows As many here will have guessed, I grab postings from several lists (a.k.a. discussion groups) to enrich Humanist -- and make sure that the talking continues. It is a truth of online publications, of this sort at least, that when the talking stops they rather quickly cease to exist in the minds of their readerships. So I also do this to ensure that Humanist survives. One distressing but hardly surprising consequence is that I get to observe how the social force of disciplines lowers colleagues' sights so that interdisciplinary relevance and interest in what they are announcing and have to say are muffled. An example. A professional organisation of historians, let us say, is holding a conference at which a special session is dedicated to 'digital history' (whatever that turns out to be). Announcement of this session and call for proposals goes out on this or that list to which professional historians belong. Unless an outsider like me happens to have taken an interest and subscribed to the list, the fact of this session and, eventually, the topics and papers it attracts will go unnoticed by non-historians. So the interdisciplinary benefits from the work are, as I say, muffled if not lost. Is not digital humanities a methodological undertaking? Does this not make it implicitly interdisciplinary? Comments? Yours, WM -- Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist (www.dhhumanist.org) _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: firstname.lastname@example.org 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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