New paper! Institutionalizing without defining DH

The Swiss Journal of Sociology has published a special issue on Digital Academia. This special issue aims to explore digital technologies’ roles inshaping the present and future of science and higher education. Obviously this cannot do without a contribution examining digital humanities! Michael Piotrowski and I contributed an exploratory study on the way digitalization of humanities research becomes embedded in higher education institutes. We show that underdefinition enables flexibility in institutionalization, while the local contexts that lead to diverse institutional arrangements may necessitate the underdefinition of DH. The entire special issue is available open access here.

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A three-dimensional framework for analysing trading zones

The fourth edition of the Digital History in Sweden conference will be held today and tomorrow in Humlab (Umeå, Sweden). As the call for papers indicated that this year’s theme is Trading Zones of Digital History, I wanted to contribute with a presentation based on my recent open access book by the same title. One small advantage of the pandemic is that conferences are increasingly allowing remote participation and I’m happy that I can participate via Zoom. For this conference I focus on the theoretical framework underlying my research, namely the three-dimensional framework for analysing trading zones that I have developed. I propose to analyse trading zones according to 1) engagement, 2) power relations and 3) changing practices. Below you can find the abstract I submitted for the conference. If you are interested in a more elaborate discussion of this framework, see Chapter 2 of my book.

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Book publication! Trading Zones of Digital History

I am excited to announce that my book on the trading zones of digital history has been published by De Gruyter and the Centre for Contemporary and Digital History. As the first volume of the Digital History and Hermeneutics series, this book lays the theoretical as well as empirical groundwork for analysis digital history and its contributions to the historical profession. The book is open access and can be read here.

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DHBenelux 2020 submissions

This week the seventh DHBenelux conference will take place. This time it will technically not be in Belgium, the Netherlands, or Luxembourg, but online. It was scheduled to take place in Leiden, the Netherlands, but due to Covid-19 Leiden will host the conference in 2021 instead. In this post, I analyse the submissions, acceptances, authors, and abstracts. For the previous years see my other posts in the “dhbenelux” category.

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New paper! State of the Field: Digital History

Today the journal History published the paper State of the Field: Digital History to which I had the pleasure to contribute together with Annemieke Romein, Julie Birkholz, James Baker, Michel de Gruijter, Albert Meroño-Peñuela, Thorsten Ries, Ruben Ros, and Stef Scagliola. In this paper we provide an overview of the current state of technologies and practices for data generation, analysis, and reflection for historical research. We hope the paper will provide a valuable introduction to historians and students interested in digital methods for historical research, with plenty of references for further exploration of the topic. The paper is available open access here.

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Book review: Ian Milligan – History in the Age of Abundance?

For the journal of Internet Histories I had the pleasure of reading Ian Milligan’s recent book History in the age of abundance? How the web is transforming historical research (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019). In this book, Milligan discusses the necessity of studying the web for historical research, as well as the problem this introduces with respect to abundance. In my review, I focus on how for Milligan this abundance is both a promise as a pitfall for historians. You can read the review in the journal here, or read my self-archived copy below.

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Paper publication: Boundary Practices of Digital Humanities Collaborations

I am really happy that today the first paper based on my PhD research was published in the DH Benelux Journal. This new journal will serve to turn select conference abstracts from the annual conference into full papers. The first volume follows last year’s conference theme Integrating Digital Humanities. My paper critically explores the integration of the humanities and the computational domains, and concludes that the digital humanities may be more heavily oriented towards the humanities than a balancing of the digital and the humanities, limiting the ability of DH to emerge as a ‘third space’ in-between the humanities and computational domains. You can find the volume here, including my paper in HTML and in PDF.

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