In recent years, digital science communication and the possibilities of social media have increasingly raised questions about classical research on science communication (cf. Franzen 2019, 616). This article connects here for the concept of public humanities.
Our Public Humanities Summer has achieved a lot here: plenty of content and bilingual impulses for research & teaching in Digital Humanities. On the meta-level: a first evaluation and reflection on bibliographic metadata in scholarly communication. The following article was published in the Hypotheses editorial blog. The thesis: everyone should simply build and maintain the metadata of their own publications – Hands on-Public Humanities!
The Science Council in Germany calls for transfer from science. While funding for basic research is primarily provided by the DFG, the BMBF is devoting more attention to projects in the field of Citizen Science and Public Humanities. However, due to this strategic embedding of communication with the public in funding programs, this public is often thought of as an anonymous collective, or addressed in terms of sociologically defined target groups.
The FWF project CoReMA – Cooking Recipes of the Middle Ages (I 3614) provides the basis for the planned project. The project focuses on the question of the origin, transmission and migration of medieval cooking recipe texts. The corpus of texts to be studied is drawn from the handwritten recipe tradition of France and the German-speaking countries and comprises more than 80 manuscripts with over 8000 recipe texts.
When I think back to my first encounter with science communication, I hear the theme song from the Knoff Hoff show playing directly in my head. Every generation probably has its own first memories of science and where, how or by whom it was communicated.