• Money, morality, technology, education

    Here’s a very last-minute post / session idea, somewhat unformed — I’ve been thinking a good bit lately about the role of money in digital humanities, and indeed higher education more generally. Some academics outside digital humanities really hate digital humanists’ willingness to accept money from corporations like Microsoft and Google, for instance, and at the same time I think a good bit of the recent “boom” in digital humanities is due to the undeniable fact that there’s money in and for digital humanities. The hideous job market situation for humanities PhDs isn’t nearly as bad for humanities PhDs who have some tech skills and are willing to move into administrative positions, and even though I am one of those people, I deplore the fact that universities are willing to create stable full-time jobs for the legions of staff members necessary to support university technology, but they’re not willing to create stable full-time jobs for university teachers.

    Audrey Watters and I were even talking about putting together some kind of book project around this, and we could use a session to, heck, write a proposal or something. We’d love to get people debating one another on this. Interested?

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  1. scoutcalvert says:

    This might be a good tie in with the digital humanities and bodies. What are the sort of situated effects of this interdisciplinary work?


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