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Humanist Archives: June 4, 2021, 7:43 a.m. Humanist 35.66 - interdisciplinary

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 66.
        Department of Digital Humanities, University of Cologne
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        Date: 2021-06-03 06:08:40+00:00
        From: Manfred Thaller <>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 35.63: interdisciplinary

Dear Paola,
would you mind sharing the citation of your article with us?

Best regards,

Am 03.06.2021 um 07:00 schrieb Humanist:
>                    Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 63.
>          Department of Digital Humanities, University of Cologne
>                               Hosted by DH-Cologne
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>          Date: 2021-06-02 15:44:14+00:00
>          From:  Paola Moscati <>
>          Subject: Re: [Humanist] 35.59: interdisciplinary
> Dear Colleagues,
> I am pleased to take part in this debate because I recently wrote an
> article (now in print) on the interdisciplinary turn in the
> development of archaeological computing/digital archaeology and
> digital cultural heritage in terms of integration and fusion of
> expertise. I explored the evolution of this process over time,
> starting from the debate raised in 1991, when Tito Orlandi organised a
> Seminar on 'Discipline umanistiche e informatica. Il problema
> dell’integrazione' at the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. On that
> occasion some topical issues were highlighted in order to find some
> common ground between information science and humanities scholarship
> and to outline a cross-disciplinary approach.
> Moving backwards in time, already from the 1960s the role of
> ‘integration’ was at the heart of many interdisciplinary initiatives
> supported by the Academy (see e.g. the Symposium on ‘Symmetries’) and
> by the Centro Linceo interdisciplinare “Beniamino Segre”, as part of
> their efforts to foster collaborative development between scientists
> from different research backgrounds. The concept of ‘fusion’, however,
> is much more recent and responds to a global resource management
> model, which combines the methods of digital archaeology with the
> objectives of Heritage Science, with a focus on digital humanities and
> on a new ‘infrastructure’ philosophy, based on integrated systems that
> embody the responsible planning and management of common resources.
> To quote Alan Liu, the risk is likely to be “to impose an ultimately
> impoverished uniformity of interdisciplinarity”.
> Yours,
> Paola Moscati

Prof. em. Dr. Manfred Thaller
Zuletzt Universität zu Köln /
Formerly University at Cologne

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