Two interlinked events taking place in Luxembourg from 20 to 23 March 2012
DHLU Symposium 2012 Websites as sources
How should humanities and social sciences approach, use and diffuse publicly available online sources? The Jean Monnet Chair in History of European Integration and its Research Programme ‘Digital Humanities Luxembourg’ — DIHULUX (research unit Identités-Politiques-Sociétés-Espaces [IPSE]), together with the Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l’Europe (CVCE), are pleased to launch the call for papers for the DHLU Symposium 2012. This Symposium follows the DHLU Symposium 2009, also organised in Luxembourg by these two institutions on the topic of ‘Contemporary history in the digital age’.
This second edition aims to examine the use of websites as sources for research in the humanities and social sciences, especially encouraging an analysis of this heuristic question in the field of on European integration studies (EIS). The Symposium will address both methodological aspects and the theoretical and institutional implications of the public dissemination of research results, focusing on digitised and online published sources as well as on websites themselves, which will be analysed as born digital sources. The potential of this innovative research approach will also be explored and emphasised. The Symposium will be structured around the following research clusters, but may also include other related approaches:
- Holding the mirror
This first cluster addresses the challenges and potentialities of online archives offering primary sources for research purposes. It will look into the modes of presentation and theoretical-methodological debates concerning uses, approaches and interconnections of such sources.
- The critical added value
This cluster focuses on online secondary sources and enhanced publications, with a special emphasis in digital research corpora. It aims at examining ongoing developments in the intertwining modes between available primary sources and resulting secondary sources centred on the priority of critically commenting and enriching contents as a scientific asset.
- (Self-)reflections and the creative observer
This cluster will take a step beyond textual sources to examine the unique features of audiovisual sources and hence of new forms of creation and re-creation of historical memories. A special section within this cluster will be dedicated to innovative digital oral history sources and projects.
- Institutional and dissemination aspects: digital public history
This cluster will focus on forms of institutionalisation of digital research practices, results and dissemination strategies by means of collaborative projects in the humanities and social sciences targeted towards a wide variety of audiences.
- Web history and digital history methods for the use of websites as sources
Web history constitutes a new scientific field centred on the historical study of websites for research purposes, thus paving the way for increasingly interdisciplinary trends in the humanities and social sciences. This session will offer Web historians the opportunity to share their experiences concerning their ongoing results and chosen methods.
The Symposium will be followed by THATCamp Luxembourg/Greater Region, closely linked to the main themes of the Symposium and offering technology and humanities specialists the opportunity to meet and discuss during brainstorming sessions based on the Symposium’s liveliest debates.
The First Meeting of the International Federation for Public History (IFPH) will take place alongside these two events.
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