This post has been prompted by a thoughtful, interesting, and provocative post by Andrew Prescott (hereafter AP) on his blog Digital Riffs.
While I agree with AP’s wish to see DH having greater freedom to set its own agenda, I think he paints a distorted/exaggerated picture of the co-optation that he believes currently prevents it from doing so. For example, after giving the period focus breakdown of projects at King’s College Department of Digital Humanities, he writes “While Oxford seems a little more willing to countenance modernity than King’s College”. Many readers will reasonably see in this the assertion: King’s College DDH is largely unwilling to countenance modernity. But that is only one of several possible explanations for the way the period focus figures divide. Continue reading Response to ‘Making the Digital Human’