Research Directions in Humanities
The video discusses possible research directions in humanities and literature, with a focus on the next five to ten years. The speaker highlights the need to adapt to the changing world and rethink traditional ways of looking at topics such as epidemics and digital culture. The speaker suggests that humanities research should consider the impact of pandemics, not just wars, on society and cultural memory. Additionally, the speaker discusses how digital culture is shaping our lives and the distinction between creative and generative literature. The video aims to inspire PhD scholars to think about their research topics and to become future research supervisors.
The video is about a seminar on the future of research in Humanities and literature, held at the BKNMU in Junagadh, India. The speaker starts by acknowledging the dignitaries on the dias, the research scholars and students of the masters or graduation who are going to make various presentations in the seminar. He then proceeds to discuss the possible futures of research in Humanities and literature.
He notes that multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and even transdisciplinary approaches are going to be buzzwords around this century. However, apart from that, what other things can be seen or visualized? Those who are PhD scholars may have already decided on their topic, but the speaker hopes that the ideas he presents may be useful to those who will be research supervisors in the future, and their students or somebody looking for guidance.
The speaker acknowledges that predicting what may happen in 20-25 years is nearly impossible, but he suggests looking at the possibilities in the coming five to ten years. He notes that the world is moving so fast that it's hard to predict, but there are some important things to consider.
One of the most significant issues to consider is the epidemic. The speaker notes that most of the documents on epidemiology or literature review on epidemiology predicted that a pandemic was possible, but they were more concerned with the third world countries than the first world. However, the pandemic has hit the first world more severely than the third world, and this requires a new way of looking at the situation. The speaker suggests that the way we remember wars is different from the way we remember epidemics, and this could be an interesting concern to look into.
The speaker also discusses digital culture, which is shaping our lives, thoughts, and philosophies. He suggests that the questions around digital cultures and digital Humanities are important to consider. One of the emerging distinctions is between creative literature and generative literature. The speaker notes that machines are developing algorithms that can write literature, and someday people may be researching poets who are robots. This distinction between machines generating literature and humans creating literature is an emerging concern that requires further questioning.
The speaker also touches on feminist discourse and how it is being transformed by digital culture. He suggests that there is a need to look at the poetics of digital culture and the feminist discourse in more detail.
In conclusion, the speaker suggests that there are many new and emerging directions in Humanities and literature research, and it is important to keep an open mind and embrace new ideas and approaches. He encourages the scholars to be curious, explore new fields, and be open to interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches.