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Becoming Digital: On the Importance of E-material in Transforming Preconceptions about Academic Research

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Mariem Khmiri

The Higher Institute of Applied Studies in Humanities of Sbeitla, University of Kairouan, Tunisia.

*Corresponding author: Mariem Khmiri


The post-print era was peculiar for a dramatic shift in the study of the humanities. Concomitant with this insurgency called digitization was the inscription of ideology on the minds of its subjects which succeeded in disconcerting many of those who spoke confidently for a digital revolution in the academic context. The debate whether digitized knowledge should be scrutinized in a competitive or a cooperative light has brought with it a certain indeterminacy of definition which allows it to figure in a varied span of concerns: self and other, past and present, sign and concept, etc. My argument is that the category of the digital assumes the polysemy it does in our modern world because, in speaking of the humanities, it speaks also of power relations which are at the heart of the struggle for cultural hegemony. Ultimately, in its cooperative or competitive underpinnings, the subjectivity of the user is the epistemic source most actively engaged in producing and extracting meaning in a digital context.


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Becoming Digital: On the Importance of E-material in Transforming Preconceptions about Academic Research

How to cite this paper: Mariem Khmiri. (2021) Becoming Digital: On the Importance of E-material in Transforming Preconceptions about Academic Research. Journal of Humanities, Arts and Social Science5(1), 6-15.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/jhass.2021.01.002

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