Digital History and the Writing of History

Zurich Doctoral School 30th September and 1st October 2017

The digital humanities have transformed the ways historians do history—with the emphasis on do. Thanks to the digitization of sources, to the construction of scholarly databases, to techniques of data mining and keyword searching, and to open access, historians have ever

more tools at their research disposal. By this logic, digital history can be reduced to the construction, management and usage of “big data.” But digital history is also—should also be—a matter of writing history in new ways, in ways that complement and even echo the practice of hyperlinking, or the construction of soundscapes and data maps. This idea of digital history as narrative, rather than simply as big data, lies at the heart of the University of Zurich’s autumn school for PhD history students. Bringing together historians who work with deep mapping and «indigenous» archives, who experiment with new forms of narrative in their «traditional» writing, and whose regional expertise covers East Asia, the Pacific, and Europe, we plan for two days of discussion, reading, experimentation and intellectual exchange in the rolling hills southeast of Basel.

Invited guest professors David Ambaras (North Carolina State University), Noelani Arista (University of Hawaii) and Roland Wenzlhuemer (LMU Munich). From Zurich Tobias Hodel and Jan-Friedrich Missfelder. Organized by Martin Dusinberre and the Zurich Doctoral Program in History.

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