Setting the frame
The following text is based on a talk I gave at the workshop “Research Conditions and Digital Humanities: What are the Prospects for the Next Generation?” (#dhiha5) organized in Paris on the 10/11th of June 2013 by Mareike König, Georgis Chatzoudis and Pierre Mounier. It is thus a work in progress, presenting thoughts in a flux, including personal remarks that I originally didn’t want to keep for the written version, but then decided to maintain, not least because of the encouragement of colleagues who read the text and of the reaction of the audience at the Paris workshop.
My contribution takes into account the preliminary statement of the working group of Panel IV of the workshop (“Career, Financing and the Academic Recognition of Achievements in the Digital Humanities”), and the blog contributions to this workshop. It is also based on the work done in the Standing Committee for the Humanities of the European Science Foundation (ESF) under the chair of Milena Žic Fuchs, as well as my one experiences in the domain of the Digital Humanities and as the director of one of the oldest extant European Centers of Digital Humanities, the Trier Center for Digital Humanities, that was founded more than 15 years ago.