2 – Academic Communication: Is there a digital revolution?

Hailed by many and frowned upon by others, blogs and most social media platforms have become an important tool for historians. In this session we will discuss how this affects scholarly communication as such and will take a close look at the practices of digital communications among historians.



All get on the same page regarding the ways in which historians have conceptualized Digital History. Therefore please prepare the following texts for Session 2 again:

 – Edward L. Ayers: The Pasts and Futures of Digital History

– Interchange: The Promise of Digital History

– Alan Liu: Where is Cultural Criticism in the Digital Humanities,

– Stephen Ramsay: On Building

Don’t forget to post your questions in the comment section for Session 1.

  •  reflect further on the questions and sources you will be working on in your thesis and/or your mini projects. The course is built around the idea that you relate the texts and hands-on sessions to your own work. Yesterday’s texts and your experiences should be a good starting point. How would your BA thesis/ project work/PhD thesis/side project/…? benefit from digital tools?

Consider the seven areas which Cohen and Rosenzweig point out: “This introduction briefly sketches seven qualities of digital media and networks that potentially allow us to do things better: capacity, accessibility, flexibility, diversity, manipulability, interactivity, and hypertextuality (or nonlinearity).”

Where would your work fit there? Where do you position yourself among the 4 stages Steven Mintz describes in the Interchange article?

Please address these issues and prepare a 10-15min talk. What is important is that you start thinking along these lines at this stage already.

In Class

  • Go to http://hnn.us/blog/9665 and select 5 blogs which are close to your interests/previous studies. Make sure that your selected blogs are frequently updated. Read at least 10 blog posts per blog including the comment section. Learn about who is writing them, their motivations, topics, expectations and experiences. Prepare answers to the following questions: How do blogs differ from traditional forms of scholarly exchange? How do you rate the quality of your blogs and the discussion in the comments?
  • Go through the Twitter history (1 week back) of 5-10 users which use the #twitterstorians and the #aha2014 hashtag. Again, select them according to your own interests in history. What do they tweet about? What gets retweeted? What do you learn about the AHA 2014?
  • Get a Twitter account, look for #hist890005, find and follow 10 people in your area of research. Tweet something meaningful (to you) using the course hashtag


Recommended reading


Tools of the week (Mishio)

  • Academia.edu, LinkedIn
  • WordPress
  • Drupal

2 thoughts on “2 – Academic Communication: Is there a digital revolution?

  1. Duke immersive Virtual Environment: http://virtualreality.duke.edu/

    Oh! They have a new website. They’re definitely doing more educational work now than in its inception.

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