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Debates in the Digital Humanities$
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Matthew K. Gold

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677948

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677948.001.0001

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Time, Labor, and “Alternate Careers” in Digital Humanities Knowledge Work

Time, Labor, and “Alternate Careers” in Digital Humanities Knowledge Work

(p.292) Chapter 17 Time, Labor, and “Alternate Careers” in Digital Humanities Knowledge Work
Debates in the Digital Humanities

Julia Flanders

University of Minnesota Press

Most people perceive the university as an institution composed of professional faculty whose job is to teach students and to perform research. However, this idealized view stands in for the real complexity of the university as an institutional ecology of work—in which every hour of faculty work is brought into being by hundreds of hours of time spent maintaining the physical and administrative space within which that work is conducted: libraries, network, payroll, buildings, and all the rest of it. This chapter provides an understanding of how other kinds of academic jobs stand in relation to that of the tenured faculty, and how those relationships have been structured in the academic imaginary. Situating the discussion within the domain of digital humanities puts these issues into more specific focus. It brings into view a wider range of work practices and roles: the novel job descriptions that arise out of digital humanities project work but also the novel forms of academic practice that even conventional academics find themselves undertaking when they embark on a digital project. The chapter sets out some case studies based on the author’s own work experience and tries unpack their significance and what they can reveal about different kinds of academic work.

Keywords:   universities, university professors, academic institutions, academic work, faculty, digital humanities

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