Hello Digital Historians,
This year is flying by! With roughly two months left in the semester, we aim to stimulate discussion about the ways historians are engaging in the digital humanities through a series of eight blog posts. Over the next eight weeks we will cover Digital History topics divided into a two-part series. Series One will focus on “Digital Tools for the Historian”, while Series Two centers on “Pedagogy, Public History and the Professional Environment.” Below you’ll find a bit of information on each of the series. We look forward to your participation, collaboration, discussion, and suggestions! Also, please don’t hesitate to post your own blogs and comments to the page as the discussions develop.
Series One: “Digital Tools for the Historian” (Oct. 22- Nov. 12)
Over the past decade, technology has made access to new tools and methods increasingly available to the historian. Mapping systems like GIS have allowed historians to visualize archival data by tracking trends and networks across space. Digital databases offer an expanded system of information sharing and archiving, while “Culturomics” have rejuvenated the field of discourse analysis. As the possibilities grow, historians are working out new ways to incorporate these tools into their research. In this four-week series, we will focus on digital tools and their application for historical research.
Week One: “Mapping and Spatial History”
Week Two: “Digital Timelines”
Week Three: “Visualizing History”
Week Four: “Utilizing Digital Database & Culturomics”
Series Two: “Pedagogy, Public History & the Professional Environment” (Nov. 19- Dec. 10)
While digital tools open new possibilities for research, they also present a number of challenges to the field of History. Many of the challenges that historians face are similar to those in other fields, but some are specific to History. For example, how have museums and public history changed in light of new technologies? What specific problems do historians face when they try to incorporate technology into the classroom? Additionally, what does it mean to be a “digital historian” in today’s professional environment? During this series, we will address these issues in detail as we explore ways that scholars are applying digital technology to the following areas.
Week Five: “Museums and Public History in the Digital Age”
Week Six: “Digitizing History Education”
Week Seven: “(Re)writing History - Post-Monograph?”
Week Eight: “Professional Development”