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Humanist Archives: March 15, 2021, 8:04 a.m. Humanist 34.278 - on the history that gives context to the psychology of quantification?

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 278.
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        Date: 2021-03-15 07:46:42+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty <>
        Subject: the quiet elephant

Thanks to those who have held onto the thread on the psychology of
quantification along with me; apologies to those who are not interested.
But coming back to the topic this morning makes me realise that more
than an apology is needed: I haven't said why I think the rather old 
problem I have raised might have value for the field generally. 

But to do that, I'd have to raise the question of why we need a history 
of 'digital humanities' at all? Rather than simply launch into the topic 
myself, however, I'd like to invite responses on exactly that question.

For purposes of orientation, let's agree on the approximate starting 
date of the late 1940s, the onset of the Web in academia circa early to 
mid 1990s, the name-change from 'humanities computing' to 'digital 
humanities' about 2004-5.

So, let me ask: where are the big gaps in general knowledge about the
field among those who self-identify as digital humanists? Why do the 
gaps need filling in by a genuine history (i.e. not merely a chronology)?

Willard McCarty,
Professor emeritus, King's College London;
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews;  Humanist

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