Kairos: Past, Present and Future(s)

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Kairos Was ...
(Doherty's Thread)

Kairos logo circa 1996.
An Ending (For Now)
(Salvo's Story)

While I no longer believe I am going to change the world (of academe) through Kairos, I do believe we can maintain a vital and interesting academic community by continuing to make Kairos a valuable peer-reviewed scholarly resource, even if a dean at Northeastern called online publishing my "youthful indiscretion."

When I was at Binghamton, I thought I was going to change the world by studying Melville. (Note the quixotic theme.) When Mick Doherty taught me to code HTML on a UNIX box using the vi editor at RPI in '95, I felt a thrill of recognition at the democratic potential of digital liquid text and for six years have waited for the dot-gone bubble to burst so that we could think about literacy and not worry so much about making money online.

As I wrote earlier — if that word is meaningful to use in a hypertext about a journal named for the kairic concept of time — Kairos, the journal, changes those who have worked on it and written for it. And there are also many histories of the journal that can be written from these individuals' many perspectives.

I like to think (need to think?) it has changed the field. So while Kairos changes, kairos changes, and the people have themselves changed. This opportunity will not come again, but new opportunities will emerge and indeed, be created by others. I am glad to have participated in change, in Kairos.

And now — Doherty responds ...