Computational digital historians have tended to elucidate their methods rather than advance interpretative arguments. While this attention to method is salutary, given the absence of methodological discussion in history generally, it is not clear how computational historians can advance historical arguments while also explaining methods. Drawing on a classic essay by David Hackett Fischer, “The Braided Narrative: Substance and Form in Social History,” this essay proposes a model for argumentative writing in computational digital history. Rather than using models such a methods section drawn from other disciplines, a braided narrative weaves together methodology and interpretation. The two strands strengthen one another when digital historians can elucidate how their methods and interpretations are mutually constitutive.
This project seeks to build a scholarly community for the practice of the emerging field of digital history by 1.) enhancing communication and collaboration among scholars and journal editors, 2.) creating model forms of scholarship and peer review, and 3.) establishing a clearinghouse for all peer-reviewed digital history scholarship. Digital History has grown up in the last fifteen years through and around the explosion of the World Wide Web, but historians have only just begun to explore what history looks like in the digital medium. Increasingly, university departments seek scholars to translate history into this fast-paced environment and to work in digital history; however, they have found that without well-defined examples of digital scholarship, established best practices, and, especially, clear standards of peer review for tenure, few scholars have fully engaged with the digital medium. Our challenge now is to create a wider scholarly community around Digital History.
Digital History comprehensive exams reading list, prepared in June 2015 for Eun Seo Jo, Stanford University.
In this directed readings course, students will study the relationship between the discipline of history and computing tools through a combination of theoretical and hands-on activities. They will read and respond weekly to a number of print and digital materials. There are two objectives for this directed readings: to explore the methods of digital history and to develop their analytic skills as a student of the liberal arts.
Historians, as a group, are reluctant and anxious to engage in digital research methods and to integrate those methods and accompanying tools into their teaching. Taking a cue from the most recent Ithaka S+R report, “Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Historians,” the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University (RRCHNM)
Cohen, Daniel H. and Roy Rosenzweig.”Preserving Digital History,” Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving and Presenting the Past on the Web. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005. http://chnm.gmu.edu/digitalhistory/preserving/.
A group for the graduate seminar in Digital History and Digital Humanities at Michigan State University
This course is an exploratory studio for guerilla digital public history. It involves a whole lot of experimentation and making. Things will break, and will go in directions that you didn’t expect. Part of the learning will involve documenting your practice. I will get you started with three expressive digital media that you can use to explore what it means to do guerilla digital history in the nation’s capital. You will leave this course with an actual ‘thing’ you’ve created and deployed, and a toolkit of your own. We will do a mixture of activities, readings, and discussions to enable you to ground your guerilla digital history toolkit in the scholarship. You will build this toolkit as you put in train your own act of guerilla digital history. Course website at https://shawngraham.github.io/5702w-w18/
I am a research fellow and head librarian at the German Historical Institute in Paris. My research interests are digital history as well as Franco-German history in the 19th century. In 2012, I started the German-speaking platform for scientific blogs de.hypotheses.org (OpenEdition, France).
I’m in my fourth year in History at Carleton. I moved to Ottawa three years ago from Kitchener, ON. This year, I am developing digital history skills by working with my classmates on digitizing Late Medieval folio pages and learning the mystic arts involved in digital codicology. My usual interests include medieval women, medieval Christianity and monasticism , disability studies, and sexuality and gender. This year I am working on an Honours research project, which will be a year long endeavour into late medieval convents, considering what images they were exposed to and how the cloister impacted the lives of the nuns living there.