Things are really rather hectic. Not necessarily too hectic, but every minute at work is full and my list of things to do is getting longer, not shorter. I bought a paper newspaper today, despite my (unsatisfying) paid subscription to the PDF version of the very same newspaper, just so I could sit on the sofa and relax, reading something not on a screen and not to do with work.
Yesterday everyone in our department came up to the director’s office, where I was last week, for a meeting with him and the dean. “Goodness, are there that many of you,” the dean and director exclaimed in surprise. This afternoon we booked a hotel for a retreat so we can figure out what our field is, what our strengths are and what we want our future to be. Did I mention the reorganisation? The changes? That being academics, we each have a different opinion on what the really important part of humanistic informatics is?
So what is humanistic informatics, people ask. Many things, I say, remembering the old chestnut of an exam question when I studied comparative literature: “What is literature?”
The question is endless. Like washing dishes.