RRCHNM20: The Future of Digital History

This session featured short talks by featuring Tim HitchcockWilliam ThomasKathryn Tomasek, and Spencer Roberts, followed by breakout sessions on topics chosen by the audience. The talks were recorded by Chris Preperato, and notes were taken in the breakout sessions by Jordan Bratt, Alyssa Fahringer, Jannelle Legg, Amanda Regan, and Stephanie Seal.

Speakers

Tim Hitchcock (Professor of Digital History, University of Sussex)

William Thomas (John and Catherine Angle Professor in the Humanities and Professor of History, University of Nebraska)

Kathryn Tomasek (Associate Professor, Wheaton College)

Spencer Roberts (Graduate Student, George Mason University)

Sessions

1. Digital history in 40 years

This session examined the possibilities for digital history in the next four decades and how it might evolve.  A large portion of this session was dedicated to looking back on the last twenty years and trying to figure out what needs to change or stay the same in the discipline.

2. Peer review

This session examined the possibilities for digital history in the next four decades and how it might evolve.  A large portion of this session was dedicated to looking back on the last twenty years and trying to figure out what needs to change or stay the same in the discipline.

3. Rethinking the physical archive

This session focused on the reimagination of the physical archive and the impact the digital has on physical spaces. Included in the discussion were the following topics: engagement with cultural memory institutions, the appropriation of the word archive, differences between digital and physical objects, collaboration between scholars and archivists in order to create finding aids, adding layers to ensure accessibility of material for a variety of audiences, and the impacts of digitization on the number of visitors to physical archives.

4. How to Make it Rain: Sustainability in Digital History Projects

In this session, contributors discussed the different financial plans for the funding of digital history at RRCHNM and other digital history centers across the country.  Ideas were given about possible funding options through different historical societies and grants.

–>See also Session 1: The Future of Digital Humanities Centers