4Humanities: Designing Digital
Advocacy
DH 2013
Lindsay Thomas
Alan Liu; Geoffrey Rockwell; Stéfan Sinclair; Melissa
Terra...
4Humanities Mission Statement
The digital humanities are increasingly integrated
in the humanities at large. They catch th...
4Humanities Local Chapters:
4Humanities@CSUN
4Humanities@McGill
4Humanities@NY6
4Humanities@UCL
4Humanities@UCSB
@4Hum, co...
@4Hum, contact@4humanities.org, 4humanities.org
@4Hum, contact@4humanities.org, 4humanities.org
Surveying the Field: Arguments For and
Against the Humanities (and some in
between)
@4Hum, contact@4humanities.org, 4human...
Arguments Against the Humanities:
(Taken from a report by Mark Turcato under supervision from Stéfan Sinclair, available h...
―For some 40 years, literature professors have toyed
with the humanities in principle and practice, and
they have dismembe...
―Somewhere along the way, many people in the
humanities lost faith in this uplifting mission. The
humanities turned from a...
Arguments For the Humanities:
(Taken from a report by Jared Bielby, available here:
http://circa.cs.ualberta.ca/index.php/...
@4Hum, contact@4humanities.org, 4humanities.org
Somewhere In Between
―To the question ‗of what use are the humanities?‘, the
only honest answer is none whatsoever. And it...
@4Hum, contact@4humanities.org, 4humanities.org
4Humanities Projects
AllOurIdeas Poll
Humanities, Plain & Simple
#WhatEvery1One Says
Humanities Infographics
@4Hum, contac...
All Our Ideas poll:
allourideas.org/4humanities
@4Hum, contact@4humanities.org, 4humanities.org
Humanities, Plain & Simple:
4humanities.org/category/humanities
-plain-and-simple/
@4Hum, contact@4humanities.org, 4humani...
#WhatEvery1Says:
4humanities.org/2013/04/what-everyone-says-
about-the-humanities-research-project/
@4Hum, contact@4humani...
@4Hum, contact@4humanities.org, 4humanities.org
Humanities Infographics: 4humanities.org/category/for-
the-public/humaniti...
Flickr: flickr.com/photos/ucldh/9249399742/
UCL (print-ready):ucl.ac.uk//infostudies/melissa-
terras/humanitiesmatter300.p...
Contact for new infographics project:
Dana Solomon
@danasolomon
danasolomon@umail.ucsb.edu
Contact 4Humanities:
@4Hum
cont...
What You Can Do
• Help us gather data for #WhatEvery1Says
Project:4humanities.org/category/whatevery1says/
• Write a ―Huma...
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  1. 1. 4Humanities: Designing Digital Advocacy DH 2013 Lindsay Thomas Alan Liu; Geoffrey Rockwell; Stéfan Sinclair; Melissa Terras; Jared Bielby; Victoria Smith; Mark Turcato; Christine Henseler Slides for this presentation available on Slideshare @4Hum, contact@4humanities.org, 4humanities.org
  2. 2. 4Humanities Mission Statement The digital humanities are increasingly integrated in the humanities at large. They catch the eye of administrators and funding agencies who otherwise dismiss the humanities as yesterday‘s news. They connect across disciplines with science and engineering fields. They have the potential to use new technologies to help the humanities communicate with, and adapt to, contemporary society. @4Hum, contact@4humanities.org, 4humanities.org
  3. 3. 4Humanities Local Chapters: 4Humanities@CSUN 4Humanities@McGill 4Humanities@NY6 4Humanities@UCL 4Humanities@UCSB @4Hum, contact@4humanities.org, 4humanities.org
  4. 4. @4Hum, contact@4humanities.org, 4humanities.org
  5. 5. @4Hum, contact@4humanities.org, 4humanities.org
  6. 6. Surveying the Field: Arguments For and Against the Humanities (and some in between) @4Hum, contact@4humanities.org, 4humanities.org
  7. 7. Arguments Against the Humanities: (Taken from a report by Mark Turcato under supervision from Stéfan Sinclair, available here: http://circa.cs.ualberta.ca/index.php/CIRCA:Arguments_AGAINST_the_Humanities) ―Half of freshly minted college graduates are unemployed or underemployed. And they‘re saddled with a portion of the U.S.‘s $1 trillion in student loan debt to pay record high tuitions. To fix this problem, the answer is simple enough: cut out the departments offering majors that make students unemployable.... for students, lenders, and parents it makes no sense to send a child to college to study humanities if they do not have a chance at getting a job that uses the skills they‘ve developed.‖ - Peter Cohan, ―To Boost Post-College Prospects, Cut Humanities Departments,‖ Forbes, May 29, 2012) @4Hum, contact@4humanities.org, 4humanities.org
  8. 8. ―For some 40 years, literature professors have toyed with the humanities in principle and practice, and they have dismembered its prior achievements, sometimes brilliantly but usually shortsightedly. The game could continue as long as the money kept coming… The budget, though, has wounded it— fatally. The economics of the university have raised the stakes to actual survival, making provocative and radical positions look irresponsible.‖ - Mark Bauerlein, ―Oh, the Humanities!‖ The Weekly Standard, May 11, 2011 @4Hum, contact@4humanities.org, 4humanities.org
  9. 9. ―Somewhere along the way, many people in the humanities lost faith in this uplifting mission. The humanities turned from an inward to an outward focus. They were less about the old notions of truth, beauty and goodness and more about political and social categories like race, class and gender. Liberal arts professors grew more moralistic when talking about politics but more tentative about private morality because they didn‘t want to offend anybody.‖ - David Brooks, ―The Humanist Vocation,‖ New York Times, June 20, 2013 @4Hum, contact@4humanities.org, 4humanities.org
  10. 10. Arguments For the Humanities: (Taken from a report by Jared Bielby, available here: http://circa.cs.ualberta.ca/index.php/CIRCA:Arguments_FOR_the_Humanities) ―The opposition of ‗liberal arts‘ and ‗vocational education‘ carries with it a lot of residual 19th-century class snobbery as well as 20th-century quantitative bias. In the real world of the 21st century, though, there aren‘t ‗two cultures‘ – the arts and the sciences. We need both.‖ - Cathy N. Davidson, ―A New Curriculum for Real- World Success,‖ The Globe and Mail, Oct 13, 2012) @4Hum, contact@4humanities.org, 4humanities.org
  11. 11. @4Hum, contact@4humanities.org, 4humanities.org
  12. 12. Somewhere In Between ―To the question ‗of what use are the humanities?‘, the only honest answer is none whatsoever. And it is an answer that brings honor to its subject. Justification, after all, confers value on an activity from a perspective outside its performance. An activity that cannot be justified is an activity that refuses to regard itself as instrumental to some larger good. The humanities are their own good. There is nothing more to say, and anything that is said … diminishes the object of its supposed praise.‖ - Stanley Fish, ―Will the Humanities Save Us?‖ New York Times, January 6, 2008 @4Hum, contact@4humanities.org, 4humanities.org
  13. 13. @4Hum, contact@4humanities.org, 4humanities.org
  14. 14. 4Humanities Projects AllOurIdeas Poll Humanities, Plain & Simple #WhatEvery1One Says Humanities Infographics @4Hum, contact@4humanities.org, 4humanities.org
  15. 15. All Our Ideas poll: allourideas.org/4humanities @4Hum, contact@4humanities.org, 4humanities.org
  16. 16. Humanities, Plain & Simple: 4humanities.org/category/humanities -plain-and-simple/ @4Hum, contact@4humanities.org, 4humanities.org
  17. 17. #WhatEvery1Says: 4humanities.org/2013/04/what-everyone-says- about-the-humanities-research-project/ @4Hum, contact@4humanities.org, 4humanities.org
  18. 18. @4Hum, contact@4humanities.org, 4humanities.org Humanities Infographics: 4humanities.org/category/for- the-public/humanities-infographics/
  19. 19. Flickr: flickr.com/photos/ucldh/9249399742/ UCL (print-ready):ucl.ac.uk//infostudies/melissa- terras/humanitiesmatter300.pdf @4Hum, contact@4humanities.org, 4humanities.org
  20. 20. Contact for new infographics project: Dana Solomon @danasolomon danasolomon@umail.ucsb.edu Contact 4Humanities: @4Hum contact@4humanities.org 4humanities.org
  21. 21. What You Can Do • Help us gather data for #WhatEvery1Says Project:4humanities.org/category/whatevery1says/ • Write a ―Humanities, Plain & Simple‖ piece: 4humanities.org/category/humanities-plain-and-simple/ • Suggest statistics and information for humanities infographics:4humanities.org/category/for-the- public/humanities-infographics/ • Help us analyze our corpus! Email us! Tweet us! @4Hum, contact@4humanities.org, 4humanities.org

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