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Digital History - a Field, a Method or just a Phase?

Conference

2nd Digital History in Sweden Conference (DHiS2019)
Conference organized by Department of Historical Studies, Department of Literature, History of Ideas and Religion & Centre for Digital Humanities, University of Gothenburg, and Division for Science, Technology and Society, Chalmers University of Technology

Following last year's successful Digital History Workshop in Malmö we invite historians working on or interested in different aspects of digital history in Sweden to a second conference, and to what we aspire to have be an annually occurring event within the Swedish historical community.

We welcome presentations on all aspects on digital history, although we are especially interested in presentations related to this year's conference theme - following from last year's workshop theme of the ontology of digital history - focusing on the current contested state of the art of digital history as a field, method or a (fading?) phase. Digital History is an area within the emerging field of Digital Humanities and aims to further historical practice by applying digital and computational methods to analyze and visualize various types of historical source materials and data, using digital and social media to communicate and disseminate historical research as well as using traditional historical methodologies to study various aspects of digital culture. In Sweden, until recently the computational approach to history has rarely impacted on the core of the historian¿s craft in such a way that those without any previous interests in digital humanities would pay attention. Yet, the potential for revisiting old and creating new research questions through computational methods and data visualizations are considerable. This is what this conference seeks to explore and promote within Swedish historical research, and particularly to further extend and deepen the discussions started at last year's workshop in Malmö. Particular attention will be paid to the question of how we should understand digital history: as an emerging new field within historical studies, as a (set of) method(s) for such research or as (merely) a transitory phase in the development of historical scholarship? More generally, the meeting will provide an opportunity for participants to present ongoing work, discuss ideas about future projects and explore the potential for future research collaboration.

We invite submissions of short presentations of 10-20 minutes (abstracts of 100-200 words) on any aspect of digital history. We especially encourage submissions of project ideas and sketches of emerging work. Presentations are preferably in English or Swedish, but we also welcome presentations in Norwegian and Danish. We also expect it to be possible to present papers through Skype. Historians from academic and non-academic historical institutions and heritage organisations, independent scholars and students are warmly encouraged to present or just to participate. There is no conference fee.

The deadline for submitting a paper or presentation proposal is Friday June 14. Please send the title of the presentation, name and affiliation of presenter(s) and abstract (preferably as PDF or Word attachment) to: 2019dhis@gmail.com. Notification of acceptance of papers will be communicated by Thursday, June 20. For further information, contact: 2019dhis@gmail.com.

Convenors:
Mats Fridlund (Centre for Digital Humanities at University of Gothenburg)
Kenneth Nyberg (University of Gothenburg)
Anna Åberg (Chalmers University of Technology)

Date: 11/14/2019

Time: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Categories: Humanities

Organizer: Department of Historical Studies, Department of Literature, History of Ideas and Religion & Centre for Digital Humanities, University of Gothenburg, and Division for Science, Technology and Society, Chalmers University of Technology

Location: Location TBA

Contact person: Mats Fridlund

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