Place matters: Thinking about spaces for humanities practices

Urszula Pawlicka-Deger*

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Abstract

This essay reflects on the role of place for humanities practices and contributes to emerging discussions on infrastructure for the humanities and socio-material conditions of scholarly knowledge production. I provide a theoretical framework for studying venues for humanities work drawing on the phenomenological approach to the concepts of place and space, the pedagogical perspective on learning spaces in higher education, and epistemological studies of scientific places. Next, I analyse the landscape for the reconfiguration of humanities venues and present arguments for engaging with space by referring to the functioning of digital humanities. This essay shows that place is an extremely important resource, seeing as it is endowed with the power to drive new practices, institutionalize a community, and consolidate a discipline. Therefore, humanists should reflect critically on the ‘architecture of the humanities’ and engage in making their own spaces that determine practices, communication, and well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1474022220961750
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalARTS AND HUMANITIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION: AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THEORY, RESEARCH AND PRACTICE
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sep 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • architecture of the humanities
  • community of practice
  • digital humanities
  • humanities space
  • infrastructure
  • laboratory
  • Place and space
  • situated knowledge production

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