Term: Spring 2021 - Full Term (02/01/2021 - 05/11/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Times & Locations
|4:10pm - 6:00pm
How has the history of information shaped our world?
Curious about how museums are entering the electronic age?
Want to explore issues of information access and democracy in the digital age?
Ever wonder what gets scanned and what stays buried in the archive?
Want to explore career skills that combine liberal arts and computers/new media?
HIST 890 sec. 2SY - DIGITAL HISTORY
This seminar will focus on the process of creating, evaluating, and implementing digital history for teaching, research, museum, and public history purposes. The course readings, workshops, and discussions will expose students to the philosophy, practice, and controversies in the emerging field of digital history. It will also involve hands-on production and evaluation of digital history projects, including the UNH-produced HOSLAC website (History of Science in Latin America and the Caribbean, www.hoslac.org), as well as original student projects.
The constant stream of new technologies presents historians with both possibilities and perils; thus, the readings and assignments in this course are geared towards training students to approach electronic tools in a thoughtful and practical manner. As we explore the old and new approaches to historical research and presentation, we will find that some methodological issues are new; others remain the same! A central goal of the course is how to develop “best practices” with new technology, and to improve and expand access to narratives of the past. We also explore emerging career applications of this new field: for teaching, research, museums, and other forms of public history.