Tinkering with black boxes and the need for a critical mindset

From 20th to 24th February, a winter school on “Skills in digital humanities” was organised at the University of Luxembourg, where the participants were introduced to the software Nodegoat and the development of databases. It was a possibility of tinkering with a digital tool that was completely new to me. In the following, I will Read more about Tinkering with black boxes and the need for a critical mindset[…]

Invitation: KNHG Digital History Workshop

Are historians sufficiently aware of the impact of digitization on the historical methodology and the position of the historian in the changing professional environment? The ‘Interrogating Our Tools – Digital History Workshop’ will bring experts in the field of Digital History together in order to examine the historian’s comprehension of the way in which digital tools influence his/her work.

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Archives on hold? Some comments on the first #ForumZLu

Die Rede von den Quellen ist in einer Fachsprache wie der philologisch-historischen kaum noch als Metapher wahrgenommen. Wird sie durch einen unerwarteten Akt des zögernden Gebrauchs wieder hörbar “beim Wort genommen”, so zerbricht eine Selbstverständlichkeit in der Lebenswelt aller, die sich der Fachsprache bedienen. Etwas historisch Entschlafenes wird ins Leben zurückgerufen. Hans Blumenberg. Quellen, Ströme, Read more about Archives on hold? Some comments on the first #ForumZLu[…]

New PhD students WANTED!

The DH-LAB is looking for new colleagues! The Historical Institute / Center for Contemporary and Digital History University of Luxembourg has obtained a large grant from the Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg in the framework of the so-called PRIDE-program, enabling the creation of a Doctoral Training Unit (DTU) and opens up to 13 positions for PhD students (Doctoral candidates) in the field of digital history and hermeneutics.

I need a research tool to…

Oftentimes, when I mention that I study Digital History to people that are not working on it, I get questions on some computer tricks. Everybody wants to make things faster and easier, and there is an assumption that digital tools can bring (or should bring) a solution for almost everything. Doesn’t matter if the subject of study is “digital related” or not, if tools cannot solve problems, it can be misunderstood as if those “digital fancy things” are not really great for nothing in humanities/history realm. And, suddenly, these people interest seems to disappear. “If it has no utility, them we don’t need it”, at least, in the immediatist point of view.

Projects

Individual research projects [PhD] Shaping a digital memory platform on migration narratives Shaping a digital memory platform on migration narratives: A public history project on Italian and Portuguese migration memories in Luxembourg The first portuguese migrants arrived in Luxembourg in the 1960’s and the 1970’s. © Unilu. This research aims at studying migration narratives in Read more about Projects[…]

Digital History as Trading Zone

Digital History signifies a transition wherein digital methods are incorporated in historical research. Digital History thus introduces techniques developed by computer scientists or engineers into the practice of historians, so that we can speak of methodological interdisciplinarity.1 However, how digital methods affect the practices of History, in methodology as well as epistemology, remains unexplored. My PhD Read more about Digital History as Trading Zone[…]

PRIDE Doctoral Training Unit (DTU) on “Digital History & Hermeneutics”

The Doctoral Training Unit “Digital History & Hermeneutics” (DHH) is a four-year interdisciplinary research and training program funded by the Fonds National de Recherche (FNR). It is designed as a space of experiment in which different communities of practice and epistemic cultures – consisting of historians, philosophers, computer scientists, geographers, information and data scientists as well as experts Read more about PRIDE Doctoral Training Unit (DTU) on “Digital History & Hermeneutics”[…]