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«Communities are to be distinguished... by the style in which they are imagined.» «Collective imagining... takes shape through discursive engagement among interlocutors.... Discourse functions in this context not as a vehicle for transmitting information and beliefs but as a constitutive force.» «It takes some imagination and experience to know how to pose a question big enough, because this goes against all our training. Then, even after we have posed the problem as broadly as we know how, we always have to be aware that there is more out there that might overwhelm our theories and thwart our best intentions.» Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities (rev. edn., 1991): 4; Robert Asen, "Imagining in the Public Sphere", Philosophy and Rhetoric 35.4 (2002): 349; Richard Levins, "Strategies of abstraction", Biology and Philosophy 21 (2006): 742.



Humanist is an international seminar on digital humanities founded in 1987. Its aim is to provide a forum for discussion of intellectual, scholarly, pedagogical, and social issues and for exchange of information among participants. Humanist is a publication of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) and an affiliated publication of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). For more information on the activities of the world-wide digital humanities community and for ways to get involved see the ADHO website. To apply for membership, click on 'Subscribe', above.


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