Saturday, 27 July 2013

DHLU 2009: L'histoire contemporaine à l'ère numérique - Contemporary History in the Digital Age

The book edited by Frédéric Clavert and Serge Noiret is publishing a selection of the papers presented during the inaugural DHLU Symposium in Luxembourg. Peter Lang's book is the result of the CVCE (Centre Virtuel pour la Connaissance de l'Europe) and University of Luxembourg first Digital Humanities conference held in 2009. 

The 2nd DIHU LUxembourg conference which tackled the methodological and theoretical implications of considering websites as primary sources (March 2012) was organised together with THATcamp Luxembourg/Trier. At the moment no publication has been planned but complete information about each panel, pictures and slides derived from the conference are available online.

This year the DHLU Symposium is the 3rd DIgital HUmanities Luxembourg conference which will take place on the 5th and 6th of December 2013. The CFP is still open until the 20th of August. DHLU 2013 is organized by the CVCE, together with the Jean Monnet Chair in History of European Integration (University of Luxembourg, FLSHASE) and its research programme ‘Digital Humanities Luxembourg’ — DIHULUX (research unit Identités-Politiques-Sociétés-Espaces (IPSE)) — and the University of Luxembourg’s Master’s in Contemporary European History."

This third edition "will focus on the use of online thematic research corpora. Given that more and more sources for contemporary history are being made available online as digital research corpora — as on the CVCE’s site — and following on from the first two editions which examined the methods used to develop these sources, this third edition of Digital Humanities Luxembourg will focus on the various ways in which this material is used by humanities researchers, particularly contemporary historians and more specifically specialists in European integration."

But let's get back to the book recently published with papers in French and in English about the 2009 first Symposium in Digital Humanities.

L'histoire contemporaine à l'ère numérique - Contemporary History in the Digital Age

Year of Publication: 2013
Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2013. 381 p., 31 fig., 6 tabl. ISBN 978-2-87574-048-9 br.  (Softcover)
has now been published.  

Book synopsis

FRENCH: Depuis plusieurs décennies, les usages du numérique en histoire se multiplient. Mais l’histoire contemporaine est parfois restée à la marge de ce mouvement. Ce livre, qui recouvre divers usages du numérique, ses outils, ses méthodes, sera à la fois une bonne introduction pour les historiens désirant se renseigner sur les usages informatiques en histoire contemporaine, et un outil utile aux chercheurs et aux enseignants plus rompus à cette utilisation. Cet ouvrage leur permettra de comparer leurs pratiques et de les approfondir dans le cadre des humanités numériques.

ENGLISH: Digital practices in the field of history have become more and more widespread in recent decades, but contemporary historians have often tended to remain on the sidelines of this trend. This book, which covers a wide range of digital practices, tools and methods, will serve both as a solid grounding for historians keen to learn how information technology can be applied to contemporary history, and as a useful tool for researchers and lecturers who already have a degree of experience in this area. It will enable scholars to compare and further their practices in the area of digital humanities, providing a comprehensive vision of the emerging field of digital history.


  • Marin Dacos : Cyberclio. Vers une Cyberinfrastructure au coeur de la discipline historique 
  • Gino Roncaglia: Web 2.0 and the Future of Research. New Tools for Research Networks
  • Andreas Bagias : Organisation et exploitation des archives du Parlement européen dans un environnement électronique
  • Annick Batard : La presse écrite généraliste française sous l’emprise du Web. Une ressource de l’histoire culturelle contemporaine ?
  • Éva Deák: Study, Store and Share Unpublished Primary Sources. The Example of the Parallel Archive
  • Aurore François : Capitaliser les ressources sur l’histoire socio-politique de la justice belge (1795-2005). Le portail
  • Stefan Halikowski-Smith: How Are European National Libraries Responding to «Big Digitization»?
  • Genaro Vilanova Miranda de Oliveira: Heterographies in Historiography. The Web and Perspectives on Historical Writing
  • Patrick Peccatte : Une plate-forme collaborative pour la redocumentarisation d’un fonds photographique historique
  • Serge Noiret: Digital History 2.0
  • Tsuriel Rashi/Isaac Hershkovitz: The Media Memory Agenda and the Struggle against Holocaust Deniers
  • Gerben Zaagsma: Using Digital Sources in Historical Research. Jewish History on the Internet
  • Olivier Le Deuff : Nouveaux outils et science. L’archéologie pour faire « sens »
  • Tito Menzani: When the Web is Useful for Scientific Output. The Case of Italian Historiography on the Cooperative Movement
  • Alain Michel/Shadia Kilouchi: Renault-Billancourt’ C5 Workshop in the Digital Age. A New Story of the 1922 Assembly Line
  • Philippe Rygiel : La diffusion des produits de la recherche historique à l’ère du Web 2.0. Une étude de cas
  • David Bodenhamer: The Spatialization of History. A New Web Paradigm
  • Marie-Pierre Besnard : Renouveler l’expérience muséale à l’heure du Web. Le e-musée
  • Milagros Garcia Perez/Cristina Blanco Sio-Lopez: Interacting Localities. The Case of the «Biblioteca Municipal de Estudios Locales de La Coruñ» (BMEL) and its Prospects on collaborative Online Library Systems for the Study of Contemporary History
  • Richard Hacken: Online Primary Documentation of Contemporary History. Trends, Changes and Consequences in the New Millennium
  • Élodie Nowinski: «Last Nite Deezer saved my class». Écrire et enseigner l’histoire du rock
  • Enrica Salvatori: Listening to, Watching, Living and, Ultimately, Learning History. On and off the Web

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Digital Public History conference in Amsterdam, 2014

International Federation for PublicHistory 

Fédération Internationale pour l'Histoire Publique

Amsterdam 2014 International Conference: 

Public History in a Digital World: The Revolution Reconsidered

University of Amsterdam, Thursday 23 October 2014 - Saturday 25 October 2014


Historical sources and narratives about the past infiltrate every corner of the web, from home-made digital media to online exhibitions, across social networks and in virtual museums. Digital tools have become essential for publics who preserve, present, discuss, and dispute history, and they will play a major role in the commemoration of the anniversary of WWI beginning in 2014. The possibilities of the digital world seem almost unlimited: never before have massive collections of a wide variety of historical materials been so accessible for  large audiences across national and cultural borders. What’s more, new genres such as blogs and  virtual discussion boards have expanded the public possibilities of history online – for co-creating historical narratives as well as for communicating about the past with various audiences.

Given all this, the digital turn should be especially significant for public historians, but have expectations been matched by activities? After two decades of digital revolution it is time to critically consider what digital media brings to Public History, and where Public History is headed in a digital world. This international conference, organized by the International Federation for Public History, will bring together experts, novices, and experimenters from all over the world to share insights, questions, and practices concerning the impact of the digital world on the theory and practice of Public History. Issues to consider include:

·         How revolutionary is the digital turn for the research and practice of Public History?
·         How are digital innovations changing Public History practices?
·         Are public historians critical enough towards the shortcomings of digital practices?
·         What “cool stuff” from the digital toolbox adds value to PH projects, teaching activities, etc?
·         Which digital strategies do not live up to the hype, and why?
·         Which audiences are public historians reaching and excluding with digital practices?
·         How are audiences involved and engaged through digital practices?
·         How are historical narratives changing under the influence of digital media and the internet?
·         How can digital Public History generate or inspire new ways of interacting with the public?
·         How does digital Public History relate to older forms and traditions of Public History?
·         What can we learn from a critical analysis of Digital Public History?

Possible ideas for sessions include:

·         Audiences and involvement: Who are public historians reaching, and excluding, with digital public history?
·         Authorship and authority: Who is representing history on the web?
·         Narratives and storytelling: Which pasts are(n’t) public historians telling on the web?
·         Integration: How do digital and analogue Public History relate?
·         Practices: How is the past presented in the digital realm?
·         Didactics: How do we teach digital Public History?
·         Analogue Public History: What is done best without the digital?
·         Communication: How can digital history 2.0 and Social Media foster the diffusion of Public history ?

We welcome submissions from all areas, including public historians working in museums, archives, education, heritage management, consulting and public service, as well as newcomers to the field of Public History. Apart from individual papers and proposals for panel sessions, we encourage workshop proposals as well as poster or media presentations. The emphasis should be on critical analysis, not show and tell – submissions that investigate both the limits of public history in a digital world, as well as its opportunities, are especially welcomed.

250 word proposals are due by: January 31 2014 to

Local Committee :
  • Dr. Paul Knevel, Assistant Professor of History & Coordinator, MA in Public History, University of Amsterdam
  • Dr. Manon Parry, Assistant Professor of Public History, University of Amsterdam
  • Prof. dr. Kees Ribbens, Senior Researcher, NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies
  • Dr. Serge Noiret, Chair, International Federation for Public History

 Program Committee:
  • Fien Danniau/Prof. Dr. Bruno de Wever,  Instituut voor Publieksgeschiedenis, University of Ghent, Belgium
  • Dr. Jean-Pierre Morin, International Federation for Public History, Canada
  • Dr. Manon Parry, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Dr. Hinke Piersma, NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, The Netherlands
  • Prof. Constance B. Schulz, University of South Carolina, USA
  • Dr. Christine Gundermann/ Dr. Irmgard Zündorf, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany