Computers and the Humanities

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 205–222

HUMANIST: Lessons from a Global Electronic Seminar

  • Willard McCarty

DOI: 10.1007/BF00058618

Cite this article as:
McCarty, W. Comput Hum (1992) 26: 205. doi:10.1007/BF00058618


The electronic seminar HUMANIST illustrates how e-mail may foster discussion of basic problems and exchange of information among humanists world-wide, thus aiding research and strengthening the community. With a certain amount of tailoring and editorial care, it has used existing software to support traditional humanistic dialogue - while also solving the problem of information overload, at least temporarily. Through their complaints of “too much mail” members have, however, usefully pointed to our immature understanding of the new medium. Its apparently mixed nature (part conversational, part textual) demands a new paradigm, towards which this essay makes an attempt. Recommendations for the successful management of other such seminars are also given.

Key Words

Humanism humanists dialogue e-mail electronic mail computer-mediated communications networks Bitnet media studies 

Copyright information

© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Willard McCarty
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Computing in the HumanitiesUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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