Seminar: Digital History 1.5

  • Date: –16:00
  • Location: Carolina Rediviva TLS, Tidskriftläsesalen
  • Lecturer: Mats Fridlund
  • Organiser: Digital Humanities Uppsala
  • Contact person: Matts Lindström
  • Seminarium

Digital History 1.5: Historical practice between normal and paradigmatic history

Most historians today are ‘digital historians 1.0’ as their normal research practice include the use of digital methods, sources and tools such as search engines, GoogleBooks, online journals, databases, etc. etc. But few have gone as far as being ‘digital historians 2.0’ and do historical research by writing programs or use advanced and specialized quantitative calculations and visualization tools and methods. The presentation will explore and think about the methodological and conceptual space in between – digital history 1.5 – by using an ongoing historical research project that is using digitalized newspaper archives to understand the international and Swedish emergence of terrorism 1780-1926.

Mats Fridlund is Deputy Director for the Centre for Digital Humanities at University of Gothenburg and Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. He has a MScEng in Engineering Physics and PhD in History of Technology from KTH in Stockholm. His research focus on the cultural and political history of technology and materiality. Since 2012 he has been working in digital history and has been Principal Investigator for two Kone Foundation projects to strengthen digital history in Finland, organized three digital history conferences in Finland and Sweden and in 2015 participated in the first Finnish Digital Humanities Hackathon. In his publications he has used digital methododologies to study history of terrorism and Chinese industrialization as well as published on the use of topic modelling in historical studies.