Clio Wired

An Introduction to History & New Media

Week 2

What is Digital History?

  1. Edward Ayers, “The Pasts and Futures of Digital History” (1999)
  2. William Thomas, “Computing and the Historical Imagination,” A Companion to Digital Humanities, ed. Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, John Unsworth (2004)
  3. Tom Scheinfeldt, “The Dividends of Difference” (2014)
  4. Dan Cohen & Roy Rosenzweig, “Introduction: Promises and Perils of Digital History,” Digital History (2006)
  5. Interchange: The Promise of Digital History,” Journal of American History (September 2008)
  6. Douglas Seefeldt and William G. Thomas, “What is Digital History?Perspectives (May 2009)
  7. Mike O’Malley, “Evidence and Scarcity” & Sean Takats, “Evidence and Abundance” (2010)
  8. Mills Kelly, “Clio, Eight Years On,” edwired (December 6, 2013)
Discussion Leader: Mark Cozad


Assess the digital history of your research field/topic

1 comment for “Week 2

  1. Stephen
    September 8, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Mark’s Questions:
    1. What is digital history? What are the general arguments on it’s benefits and drawbacks? How have views of digital history changed over time?

    2. How is digital history tied to “quantitative history” and the social sciences? Are historical and social science methods/approaches compatible? What are some key differences? Where has digital history brought out compelling synergies? How did the different phases of historical inquiry influence or inform views of digital history?

    3. Has digital history been embraced by historians? Why or why not?

    4. How has digital history influenced the relationship between amateur and professional historians? What impact has digital history had on democratizing history?

    5. What new challenges and opportunities does digital history present in terms of sources and researches?

    6. What are some new directions/possibilities for how digital history is presented? Are there parallels with other media? Are these other media successfully “doing history” and by whose standard?

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