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How radical are Open Access and the Digital Humanities?

research & education
7 Mai 13:45 - 14:45
60 Minuten


What is a critical idea of "open" and what might radical digital humanities be? In memoriam Aaron Schwartz.


Digitization has opened the ivory tower of academic publishing and research to everyone - by now Open Access and Open Data are acknowledge by the EU while Digital Humanities have become a buzzword to win a research funding. So far the struggle has been easy: we considered "open" and "digital" as good, while "closed" was bad.

Now things are getting complicated. Not only that several commercial publishers have started successful Open Access journals. The digitization of the Humanities seem to push our universities according to neoliberal demands: pragmatic and project oriented, not critical and independent. What critical potential has digitization to offer? Can it really change our knowledge landscape?


Supported by Fraktion DIE LINKE. im Bundestag.