Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 09:09:09 +0100 From: "Humanist Discussion Group \(by way of Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty-AT-mccarty.org.uk>\)" <willard-AT-LISTS.VILLAGE.VIRGINIA.EDU> Subject: 22.075 case studies and how they're done? To: <humanist-AT-Princeton.EDU> Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 75. Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London www.kcl.ac.uk/schools/humanities/cch/research/publications/humanist.html www.princeton.edu/humanist/ Submit to: humanist-AT-princeton.edu Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2008 14:25:14 +0100 From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty-AT-mccarty.org.uk> Subject: case studies? I am wondering how commonly in the digital humanities practitioners respond to the demand that they justify their work by doing case studies. Is the use of this term well understood? How are case studies conducted so that they avoid being merely anecdotal? Are these studies followed up by the attempt to extract from them common principles, or is it (do we believe it to be) too early in the development of the digital humanities to be in a position to draw conclusions from these studies? Those who would argue the latter should consider, I would think, that the humanities have been digital for half a century. If this half century isn't enough time, why not? Also they should consider the fact that throughout this last half century, beginning in the 1960s, people have been saying, as Anthony Kenny did in 1992, "the testing time has now arrived" (Computers and the Humanities, British Library). There are a number of essays on case studies in Critical Inquiry 33.4 (http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/ci/2007/33/4), which offers the introductory essay by Lauren Berland for free, and 34.1 (http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/ci/2007/34/1), which contains marvellous essays by Ian Hacking and Carlo Ginzburg among others. Yours, WM Willard McCarty | Professor of Humanities Computing | Centre for Computing in the Humanities | King's College London | http://staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/. Et sic in infinitum (Fludd 1617, p. 26).
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