Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 66.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Sat, 07 Jun 2003 07:12:13 +0100
From: Willard McCarty <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: history in terms
I would very much like comment on the hypothesis that the development of
our field is historically marked in three stages by the terms we have used
to name it, as follows:
(1) "computers and the humanities", which posits two distinct and separated
entities that put in juxtaposition suggest an initial realization that they
have or might have something to do with each other;
(2) "computing in the humanities", which shifts attention from the rapidly
shrinking physical box and names an activity that is commonly found within
the practices of the humanities;
(3) "humanities computing", which takes advantage of the ability in English
to adjectivize the noun "humanities" but simultaneously to counterbalance
its subordination by placing it before its now governing noun "computing"
-- which is, as above, present-participial in force; the result nicely
encapsulates a computing that is of as well as in the humanities.
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