Advocating for the Humanities

Readers of “The Long Eighteenth” might want to visit this new site on humanities advocacy:

http://humanistica.ualberta.ca/

“4Humanities is a site created by the international community of digital humanities scholars and educators to assist in advocacy for the humanities.

“4Humanities is both a platform and a resource.   As a platform, 4Humanities will stage the efforts of humanities advocates to reach out to the public.  We are a combination newspaper, magazine, channel, blog, wiki, and social network.  We solicit well-reasoned or creative demonstrations, examples, testimonials, arguments, opinion pieces, open letters, press releases, print posters, video “advertisements,” write-in campaigns, social-media campaigns, short films, and other innovative forms of humanities advocacy, along with accessibly-written scholarly works grounding the whole in research or reflection about the state of the humanities.

“As a resource, 4Humanities will provide humanities advocates with a stockpile of digital tools, collaboration methods, royalty-free designs and images, best practices, new-media expertise, and customizable newsfeeds of issues and events relevant to the state of the humanities in any local or national context.  Whether humanities advocates choose to conduct their publicity on 4Humanities itself or instead through their own newsletter, Web site, blog, and so on, we want to help with the best that digital-humanities experts have to offer.”

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3 responses to “Advocating for the Humanities

  1. This is an interesting aggregator/initiative. I wish it well. It makes me wonder, though, whether its particular emphasis on the digital humanities opens up, or restricts, its potential audiences. I also wonder whether there could be additional sub-groups (humanities teachers at both the collegiate and K-12 levels, for example) formed to address certain audiences. But who are we supposed to address with this kind of publicity? University students? Their parents? Taxpayers? I suspect that this could be made more effective if it were directed more toward particular audiences. But I think this is a very useful first step.

  2. Laura Rosenthal

    I was happy to see this as well but had some of the same questions. I wasn’t sure if it was meant to advocate for digital humanities or for the humanities, digitally.

  3. I’m hoping, the humanities, digitally. Meaning, with the fingers of both hands.