By Smiljana Antonijević
Among electronic Humanists brings an ethnographic account of the altering panorama of humanities scholarship because it impacts person students, educational fields and associations, and argues for a pluralistic imaginative and prescient of electronic wisdom construction within the humanities.
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The study comprised two phases. The first phase focused on digital scholarship in the humanities, exploring the situatedness of digital tools, methods, and resources in everyday scholarly practice, challenges of research tool development, criteria for funding and evaluating digital research projects, approaches to establishing research centers and educational initiatives, and so on. Participants consulted in this research phase worked in different roles, disciplines, institutions, and countries, which afforded an opportunity to compare a range of strategies and directions in contemporary digital humanities.
Is a multiplicity of complex conceptual structures, many of them superimposed upon or knotted into one another, which are at once strange, irregular, and inexplicit, and which he must contrive somehow first to grasp and then to render. (p. 10) This aspect of ethnographic work made it a widely accepted method for empirical investigations of scientific and scholarly practice, and for creating ethnographic accounts of the complexity of “science observed” (see Knorr-Cetina and Mulkay, 1983). Ethnographic studies involving scientific labs proliferated throughout the 1980s and 1990s, popularizing views of scholarly communities as “tribes” (Latour and Woolgar, 1979), science and epistemic cultures (Knorr Cetina, 1999), and established the importance of studying scholars in action (see Traweek, 1988; Latour, 1988; Pickering, 1992; Downey and Dumit, 1997; Forsythe, 2001).
Usually, they adopted this program as graduate students and continued working with it in their academic careers, despite a general level of dissatisfaction: Am I satisfied with it [EndNote]? Not really. It’s not very intuitive. Why I use it? I guess when I was in graduate school somebody recommended it to me and I just bought it. (Assistant professor of English as a second language) A tendency among scholars in the humanities and social sciences to keep using certain digital research tools despite dissatisfaction existed in other segments of their workf low, too.
Amongst Digital Humanists: An Ethnographic Study of Digital Knowledge Production by Smiljana Antonijević