[H-verkko] Uumajan kunta, The theory and practice of historical thinking in the digital age

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Agricolan tapahtumakalenteriin on lähetetty uusi ilmoitus:

The theory and practice of historical thinking in the digital age

Ruotsi, Uumajan kunta, Umeå universitet
4.9.2013 – 6.9.2013

Umeå University invites PhD students from the Nordic countries to a
semester-long course exploring the theory and practice of digital history.

How do digital tools and resources change the study of the past? What skills and
competencies will historians need to cope with digitized archival sources and
born-digital material? How can historians use the web for scholarly
communication? There is little doubt that digital tools and resources
potentially enable new forms of scholarship, directing our attention to new
questions or providing new answers to established narratives in the field. Yet
graduate training in history has only to a small degree engaged with the
challenge of digital media. This Nordic PhD course aims to enable its
participants to meet this challenge through a semester-long exploration of key
themes, methods, tools, and discussions in the emerging field of digital

Department of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies Contact: Finn
Arne Jørgensen, finn.jorgensen at idehist.umu.se More info at

The course will combine a theoretical and methodological discussion with a very
practical approach. We will explore topics such as text mining, text analysis,
historical geospatial analysis, databases, search tools, digital exhibits,
digital scholarly communication, creative commons, open access, digital
pedagogy, and more. We will discuss definitions and the boundaries of digital
history: what is new, what is different, and what remains the same? Throughout
the semester, the participants will design and maintain their own blog as a tool
for reflection, communication, and personal exploration of the course material.

The course targets PhD students in history, regardless of specialization. Recent
postdocs and advanced MA students may also apply. The course will be designed to
encourage international participation: First, the teaching language will be
English. Second, we will combine two physical meetings in Umeå with online
lectures and seminars throughout the semester. The physical meetings will be
held in HUMlab, Umeå University’s internationally renowned digital humanities

The participants will be expected to prepare for the two physical course
meetings through reading and writing, and to actively participate in discussions
at the meetings and in online media throughout the entire semester. A concluding
mandatory essay will explore a particular aspect of digital history in relation
to the participant’s own work. The course gives 7,5 ECTS credits.


To apply for participation, send a short application to Finn Arne Jørgensen by
June 28, 2013, outlining your academic background and what you wish to get out
of the course. Include links to your online presence, if you have one.

Course responsible

Dr. Finn Arne Jørgensen at the Department of Historical, Philosophical and
Religious Studies.


Startup meeting: September 4-6, 2013. Concluding meeting: two days in early
December 2013.

More information

If you have questions, contact Finn Arne Jørgensen at
finn.jorgensen at idehist.umu.se

Tiedustelut: Finn Arne Jørgensen  (finn.jorgensen at idehist.umu.se)
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