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Digital History

The Digital History graduate training series combines discussion, hands-on workshops and guest lectures to think collectively about the potential of blending digital and traditional methods for historical research in historical writing and research today. All seminars take place at 12.30-2pm on Mondays in Room 9 of the History Faculty. A sandwich lunch is provided.

More information about the graduate training programme can be found here


Michaelmas 2017

This term will introduce selected digital methodologies and techniques for analyzing historical sources. We will critically explore what is and is not possible with digital methodologies, and how understanding more about the digital environment in which we live and work can enhance our research. No previous experience with digital history is required and all are welcome! Reading lists and websites relevant to each topic will be available in advance of each session on the course moodle page.


We also invite you to register for training workshops with the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network’s Machine Reading the Archive series, which will complement our seminars:

You can view this term’s options and book online here:


For further information, or to be added to the moodle site, please contact Leigh Denault (ltd22)


16 October:
Introductory session: How to practice digital history without reproducing the ‘logic’ of computational tools and analysis


30 October:
Distant/machine reading v. close/slow reading: Is NOT reading your texts ever useful?


6 November:
Introduction to social network analysis for historians: We will examine how mapping social networks can help us visualize historical data in new ways


13 November:
The historian as archivist: We will explore programs that allow layered and contextualized ‘deep’ mapping of archival material for presentations, teaching, and research, and think about how we curate our own digital archives as historians


20 November:
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications to historical research: Dr. Max Satchell, historical geographer, will provide an introduction to GIS. Dr. Satchell will offer a full training course in GIS for historians in the Lent and Easter terms.


27 November:
Digital humanities at the UL: Huw Jones, head of the Cambridge Digital Library unit at the University Library, will introduce the numerous digital humanities projects underway across the University, including a visit to their digitization studio. Please note that places are limited, please sign up using the moodle site in advance.

The Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Internal Competition 2018 is now open. For full information for applicants please see the Research funding webpage


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