Adapting Social Science Methods toHumanities Research: CreatingOpportunities for Interaction betweenHumanists and Social ScientistsDr. Lynne Siemenssiemensl@uvic.caMLA, January 2013
The Social Scientist on the Panel• By way of introduction (or perhaps even confession) • Management Scholar • Appointment in a School of Public Administration, University of Victoria • Interested in ways that Humanists, especially Digital Humanists, collaborate with those inside and outside their disciplines • How do these interactions create and support new research questions and methodologies? • How do we create opportunities for the necessary discussions?
One Possibility : TheInterdisciplinary Centre• Examples • Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (Cambridge) • Digital Humanities Center for Japanese Arts and Cultures (Kyoto) • Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College (London) • Maryland Institute for Technology and the Humanities (College Park) • Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (University of Victoria) • And many more (see http://digitalhumanities.org/centernet/)• Commonalities • Representation of many disciplines, within and beyond the Humanities, including Social Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering and many others • Intellectual hub for speakers, research projects, training, tools, resources, collaboration • Virtual and physical spaces • And perhaps even coffee and comfortable chairs
The Interdisciplinary Centre:Format• Space for discussion and networks • Structured interactions between Social Scientists and Humanists • Talks, speakers and workshops grounded in a variety of disciplinary perspectives • Mentorship, training and guidance to graduate students and researchers interested in learning methodologies beyond their specific disciplinary ones • Informal and “accidental” meetings • Often the foundation to interdisciplinary innovation, collaboration and knowledge sharing • Reinforces the need for a coffee machine and comfortable chairs
The Interdisciplinary Centre:People• Those who represent many disciplines • Both the obvious and the not so• Those who are collaboration-ready • Interested in working with others • Interested in other disciplinary perspectives• Faculty, researchers, students and many others