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Hidden and devalued feminised labour in the digital humanities : on the Index Thomisticus project 1965-67

Title
Hidden and devalued feminised labour in the digital humanities : on the Index Thomisticus project 1965-67 / Julianne Nyhan.
ISBN
9780367685966
0367685965
9780367685980
0367685981
9781003138235
Publication
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2023.
Copyright Notice Date
©2023
Physical Description
xi, 242 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Summary
"Hidden and Devalued Feminized Labour in the Digital Humanities examines the data-driven labour that underpinned the Index Thomisticus - a preeminent project of the incunabular digital humanities - and advanced the data-foundations of computing in the Humanities. Through oral history and archival research, Nyhan reveals a hidden history of the entanglements of gender in the intellectual and technical work of the early digital humanities. Setting feminized keypunching in its historical contexts - from the history of concordance making, to the feminization of the office and humanities computing - this book delivers new insight into the categories of work deemed meritorious of acknowledgement and attribution and, thus, how knowledge and expertise was defined in and by this field. Focalizing the overlooked yet significant data-driven labour of lesser-known individuals, this book challenges exclusionary readings of the history of computing in the Humanities. Contributing to ongoing conversations about the need for alternative genealogies of computing, this book is also relevant to current debates about diversity and representation in the Academy and the wider computing sector. Hidden and Devalued Feminized Labour in the Digital Humanities will be of interest to researchers and students studying digital humanities, library and information science, the history of computing, oral history, the history of the humanities, and the sociology of knowledge and science"-- Provided by publisher.
Variant and related titles
Hidden and devalued feminized labour in the digital humanities
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
April 01, 2023
Series
Digital research in the arts and humanities.
Digital research in the arts and humanities
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
List of Figures
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Scaffolded by absence: on the devalued and hidden labour of the Index Thomisticus and computing in the Humanities more broadly
On the histories of a history: the historical labour models of the Index Thomisticus (with contributions from Melissa Terras) The labour organisation of the Index Thomisticus against the longer trajectory of concordance-making, or the history of analogue, textual "big data" knowledge-management resources
Hidden tasks, Hidden workers: keypunching the Index Thomisticus Resighting the "ghost work" of the Index Thomisticus
Situating the Index Thomisticus: views from the inside Retro-engineering the technical design of the Index Thomisticus to the social and situated contexts of its making
On the need for a "willingness to acknowledge mistakes" constructing the role of the keypunch operator Neither inevitable nor predetermined: constructing the role of the Index Thomsticus' keypunch operator
On the making of the myth of the lone scholar: digital humanities as aetiology Replaying invisibility to strategic ends: digital humanities and the hero narrative
Conclusion On the necessity of recovering the contributions of overlooked and lesser-known individuals to the history of computing in the Humanities.
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