17.106 history in terms

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Date: Fri Jun 20 2003 - 04:19:39 EDT

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 106.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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             Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2003 09:10:48 +0100
             From: Stefan Sinclair <ss@huco.arts.ualberta.ca>
             Subject: Re: 17.066 history in terms

    Dear All,

    For reasons that it would be wasteful to speculate about here, I haven't
    been receiving my regular doses of Humanist in my inbox. There was a
    thread started just about 10 days ago on the naming of our field
    ("computers and the humanities" => "computing in the humanities" =>
    "humanities computing").

    I think the question of how we identify ourselves is crucial, particularly
    as we continue our efforts to attract the attention of people who may be
    encountering the terms for the first time (institutional adminstration,
    funding agencies, prospective students to our programmes, prospective
    employers for our students, etc.).

    Rather than engage at this point in the ongoing (and important) discussion
    of what might be the most appropriate label for our activities, I'd simply
    like to point out what seems to me an interesting phenomenon related to
    the *teaching* of "humanities computing" at the University of Alberta. I
    usually see the discipline's name abbreviated as "HC". However, at Alberta
    we've gotten use to branding both the researching and teaching activities
    as HuCo, which I believe has emerged directly from the need to reference
    short course titles in the M.A. programme: HUCO-500, HUCO-612, etc. (ie.
    the convention of 4 letter acronyms for course names). I find it
    intriguing that a relatively trivial practicality of administration has
    driven a reformulation of our identity. Is HuCo used anywhere else?

    Stfan (St&eacute;fan)


    Stfan Sinclair, University of Alberta Phone: (780) 492-6768, FAX: (780) 492-9106, Office: Arts 218-B Address: Arts 200, MLCS, UofA, Edmonton, AB (Canada) T6G 2E6 M.A. in Humanities Computing: http://huco.ualberta.ca/

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