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Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2008 09:52:32 +0100
From: "Humanist Discussion Group \(by way of Willard McCarty              <>\)" <willard-AT-LISTS.VILLAGE.VIRGINIA.EDU>
Subject: 22.087 Humanist's 21st birthday celebrations
To: <humanist-AT-Princeton.EDU>

                Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 87.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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         Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2008 09:41:10 +0100
         From: Willard McCarty <>
         Subject: Humanist's 21st birthday celebrations

As members for whatever amount of time you will 
interested to know that Lisa Lena Opas-Hänninen 
and colleagues at the University of Oulu, Finland 
(Oulun Yliopisto), in an opening event for the 
Digital Humanities 2008 conference, honoured 
Humanist last night with a splendid dinner at 
Maikkula Manor, preceded by a traditional Finnish 
sauna. After the meal Lisa Lena read out an 
encomium from Michael Sperberg-McQueen, then in 
transit to the conference, and herself 
recollected events from the early days. A speech 
was demanded from the editor of Humanist, who 
obliged, but the fine qualities of the food and 
wine have obscured the memory of what exactly it 
was that he said. The event was, however, a 
potent reminder of how welcoming and appreciative 
the world-wide community  of digital humanists 
is. If all that remains of this event is now a 
somewhat hazy memory, it is nevertheless a 
powerful encouragement to continue and to improve 
in the practice of the digital humanities. 
Improvement is, of course, mostly a matter for 
the coming generation. Twenty-one years of 
conversations, musings and exchanges of 
information on Humanist have shown what we can do 
when we imagine a community into being. And the 
very fact that the exchanges of words which are 
Humanist are almost as fleeting as last night's 
Gemütlichkeit, both real in the living moment, 
draws attention to what matters  perhaps most of all.

Thank you Lisa Lena, Michael and the most 
fortunate individuals able to be here last night. 
As for the rest of you, there's Digital 
Humanities 2009 at the University of Maryland -- 
and, we now know, Digital Humanities 2010 at King's College London!


Willard McCarty | Professor of Humanities 
Computing | Centre for Computing in the 
Humanities | King's College London | Et sic in infinitum (Fludd 1617, p. 26). 


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