#DHfromScratch: Die Fachforschung erreichen

Auf der Tagung DHd2019 fand das Panel Digital Humanities „from Scratch“ statt, das sich mit der Rolle und den Herausforderungen von DH-Koordinations-Stellen befasste. Es hat mich wahnsinnig gefreut, für dieses Thema angefragt zu werden und in solch illustrer Gesellschaft etwas beitragen zu dürfen. Ich finde es richtig, dass damit die Digital Humanists etwas in den Blick geraten, die außerhalb der großen Zentren tagtäglich damit befasst sind, digitale Geisteswissenschaften an ihrer Institutionen zu vertreten und zu praktizieren. Und das Interesse an dem Thema zeigt sich auch auf Twitter unter #DHfromScratch. Im Rahmen dieses Panels gab ich einen Input zum Thema „die Fachforschung erreichen“.

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A Belter’s Life

What’s the motivation for this new blog? In my role as digital humanities coordinator, my work is often quite pragmatic: I help colleagues identify suitable digital methods and tools for their work, I teach digital methods, and I try to build networks for exchange on digital methods in the humanities. And while I also do research which results in published papers, much of my work is below the threshold of academic publishing.

Nevertheless, I feel that I am missing a venue where I can publish random thoughts, practical solutions I came across, or inform about my ongoing work. We did have a blog for the SeNeReKo project, and I am active in the |Marginalia blog. In contrast to those, this blog will serve as a spot for irregular posts not strictly related to any one project, but to my work as a whole.

The title and the theme of the blog draw from the SciFi series “The Expanse”. Not only do I like it personally, also plays Ceres, the dwarf planet located in the asteroid belt, a major role. This combination of science fiction and a celestial object that shares a name with our Center for Religious Studies seemed like a good fit.

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