1 – Introduction: What is Digital History?

Introduction to the course: we will attend to some organizational matters and then start by opening the discussion over what stands behind the notions of Digital Humanities and Digital History. Can they be defined?


Required Readings


Additional Resources

2 thoughts on “1 – Introduction: What is Digital History?

  1. 1. Based on these readings, what makes digital history unique within the digital humanities?

    2. How might we, as historians, ask questions about the “human condition” with digital tools?

    3. Given that narrative is so central to the work of history, how do we “write” history in a digital project? How do we locate an argument in such a work? How do we differentiate between a historical narrative and an exhibit?

    4. How can we think about using digital platforms as a way of realizing the critiques of the linguistic turn and the “content of the form” ? Think along the lines of curation.

  2. Questions:
    1. How has the landscape of digital history changed since the publication of Ayers’ article to today?

    2. What is the position and role of digital history in digital humanities? (it is similar to Farren’s question but I thought to post it in anyway)

    3. Ayers remarks, “it is time for historians to revisit the promise of social science history.” In “the promise of digital history,”Cohen warns that digital history should not be just an extension of quantitative research. How can we see the digital turn of history if we put it in the context of the methodological development of historical research since the late 20th century?

    4. Alan Liu and Stephen Ramsey both emphasize the importance of digital humanists to learn how to code. On the other hand, scholars in “The promise of digital history” pay more attention to the role of digital history course in giving students an opportunity to think broadly about the significance of doing their project on a digital sphere. In this situation, what is the roll of a digital history course? Can we balance or combine a hands-on practice and a theoretical practice of digital history?

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