Information Systems and the Humanities: A Symbiotic Relationship? / J.H. Kroeze
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The lecture explores the nature of the relationship between the study fields of Information Systems and the humanities. Although literature on Humanities Computing states in principle that there is a bi-directional, beneficial symbiotic relationship, most studies and reflections investigate only the application of information technology in the humanities. This suggests that the relation is commensalistic rather that mutualistic. However, studies do exist that implement theoretical constructs borrowed from the humanities in various aspects of Information Systems. Therefore, the speaker pleads that more recognition be given to the prediscipline of Humanities-enriched Information Systems and proposes theoretical and practical ways to make the field more independent.