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May 15, 2012

Digital History: A Field or “the Waters We Swim Through”?

When it comes to practicing their craft today, historians do not share an equal propensity to consider, produce, and discuss their work digitally. University history departments and the individuals that comprise them feature different levels of experience with, what some scholars refer to as, the “digital humanities movement.” Points on this experiential learning curve range from a vague familiarity to active experimentation to advanced content production. Some universities jumped ahead of the pack more than a dozen years ago, founding prolific digital history centers that continue to blaze new trails in online scholarly production – while also attracting impressive levels of grant funding. Still, others are just beginning to ponder what it means to do history in the digital age and think about the tools and methods their students need to learn to be successful in a competitive job market.

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By Will Tchakirides | RSS | © 2012 under a CC BY 3.0 license


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