Online Resources for the Humanities: Interdisciplinary Perspectives was a conference that was hotsted by Brown University and organized by Massimo Riva. It was one of the better small conferences I have been to in a long time (so there will be a series of blog entries on the ideas that circulated.) As Dr. Riva put it:
We are in a process of transcribing the humanities. This involves both representing the traditional evidence of the humanities in digital form and the developing new questions and techniques which we can ask of digital evidence.
One special feature of the conference was that it brought together a number of people in Italy doing Humanities Computing with people in North America. For me it was a chance to see a breadth of activities from Italy and to talk about humanities computing in Italian.
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The Chronicle: 2/13/2004: A Manifesto for the Humanities in a Technological Age is a short essay on the importance of the Humanities. It reminds me of the Martha Piper lecture, but comes from an American liberal arts perspective. At times it sounds like a rehash of Cardinal Newman on the liberal and servile arts.
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What does it mean to say Humanism is dea?
Such a statement could be historical, in the sense that the Italian Renaissance movement called Humanism is over. See Humanism [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy].
More radically it could mean that the values of humanism are no longer shared. What would these values be?
– The return and admiration of the classics and classicism.
– A focus on human achievements and expression, especially those in a self-conscious tradition that goes back to the Greeks and Romans.
– Preference for practicies of dialogue and academic organizations over practices of science and professional organizations.
– Preference for interdisciplinarity or antidisciplinarity over specialization and professionalization.
Are these values no longer shared? Have we moved on?
If we have, it would call into question the relevance of Humanities Computing as that application of computing to humanistic disciplines. Could HC be an interested extension of a dead tradition?
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How are blogs used to support research?
I found myself asking how others use blogs for research and found this great list and paper on the subject, see research blogs.
Another source of information is a blog by Sèbastian Paquet in Montreal. Note: the blog has disappeared.
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What would it be like to work for a week without computers. Could we design a project where people would spend 5 working days without touching a computer and report back in the end about what it was like and what they learned.
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Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities had a 10th anniversay symposium to which I was invited. The celebration both looked back at the birth of IATH and looked forward. Some excellent talks. I think I rather like such events.
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