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Humanist Archives: May 27, 2021, 6:28 a.m. Humanist 35.45 - interdisciplinary

				                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 45.
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        Date: 2021-05-26 12:59:43+00:00
        From: Dr. Herbert Wender 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 35.43: interdisciplinary

Dear Dino,

Relatively nearby from my home office there is such a thing: "The Trier Center
for Digital Humanities| Kompetenzzentrum is a central scientific research
institution ofTrier University."

If I see it right, it was founded as a service center and has evolved to the
actual "research institute", possibly despite the cited self-descriptioon a so-
called 'An-Institut', i.e. an Institute *at *, not *of* the universitiy. An
earlier name of this instituion was "Kompetenzzentrum für elektronische
Erschließungs- und Publikationsverfahren in den Geisteswissenschaften", but in
English versions it was already named "Trier Center for Digital Humanities". If
I understand you correctly such an Institute stands for "a discipline in its
own right".

It seems that I was, as others with respect to 'interdisciplinary', mislead in
my interpretation of the term 'discipline', misleaded apparently by the
translation in the ToC of "Glottodidactica": "Basic and Referential Disciplines
/ Grundlagen- und Referenzwissenschaften".

To understand well your proposition of 'Institute for Humanities Computing'
(withour apostrophe after 'Humanitites'?): can I translate it into German
'...elektronische Datenverarbeitung in den Geisteswissenschaften'?

And obviously we have also different notions of 'transdisciplinary'. But I leave
this for another time; only to sharpen my own understanding: Statistics, for me,
is 'a  discipline in its own right', with mathematics as at least a 'reference
discipline' (Referenzwissenschaft) if not a 'basic discipline'
(Grundlagenwissenschaft). Statistical methods are in transdisciplinary use, f.e.
in econometrics: "Econometrics is the application of statistical methods to
economic data in order to give empirical content to economic relationships"
(Wikipedia). Please correct me, if this is a misuse of 'transdisciplinary'.

Kind regards, Herbert

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    [1]    From: Dino Buzzetti 
          Subject: Re: [Humanist] 35.41: interdisciplinary (59)

    [2]    From: James Rovira 
          Subject: Re: [Humanist] 35.38: interdisciplinary (23)


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        Date: 2021-05-25 23:23:22+00:00
        From: Dino Buzzetti 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 35.41: interdisciplinary

Dear Herbert,

In response to your question, I am afraid that these days my answer
 might sound somehow outdated, but my choice would be nonetheless
                    Institute for Humanities Computing
a denomination which insists on the unavoidable interdisciplinary
character of a field which is in and of itself a discipline in its own
right.

A further brief comment on the general discussion. By necessity,
there would be no *interdisciplinarity* without disciplines. Moreover,
interdisciplinarity is NOT *multidisciplinarity*, for that would be just a
juxtaposition of disciplines with no interaction, NOR *transdisciplinarity*
,
for there won't be disciplines and specific disciplinary competences
anymore.

Kind regards,        -dino



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