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The residue of uniqueness

Was von der Einzigartigkeit bleibt
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McCarty, William

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Abstract "To build an argument for the supervening importance of agenda, the author locates the digital humanities within the context of a central human predicament: the anxiety of identity stemming from the problematic relation of human to non-human, both animal and machine. He identifies modeling as the fundamental activity of the digital humanities and draws a parallel between it and our developing confrontation with the not-us. The author then goes on to argue that the demographics of infrastructure within the digital humanities, therefore in part its emphasis, is historically due to the socially inferior role assigned to those who in the early years found para-academic employment in service to the humanities. He does not specify an agenda, rather conclude that modeling, pursued within its humane context, offers a cornucopia of agenda if only the 'mind-forged manacles' of servitude' s mind-set can be broken." (author's abstract)
Keywords humanities; digitalization; science; human being; animal; technology; language; machine; infrastructure
Classification Sociology of Science, Sociology of Technology, Research on Science and Technology
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
Page/Pages p. 24-45
Journal Historical Social Research, 37 (2012) 3
Issue topic Kontroversen um die Digitalen Geisteswissenschaften / Controversies around the digital humanities
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works