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Uses of the Past Seminar: Digital Archives and the Shapes of Memory

Helle Strandgaard Jensen is giving a talk on digital archives and memory in conjunction with Uses of the Past research program.

2020.09.07 | Elizabeth Bruns

Date Wed 21 Oct
Time 14:00 16:00
Location Building 1421, Meeting Room 2, and via Zoom

Logistical Information: 

The event will take place in person with an option to attend via Zoom. Both options require advanced registration.

Abstract for the Seminar:

In recent decades, digitisation has been high on the agenda in cultural heritage institutions in affluent parts of the world. Prompted by the easy availability of millions of new sources online, scholars in the humanities are beginning to consider what new digital possibilities mean to their research but also to cultural memory more broadly. However, most discussions have focused on the changing research practices rather than the digital archives themselves and the wider cyberinfrastructure in which they are embedded. The focus on end-users downplays the influence economic, technical and political factors have on changing research practices as well as representations of the past. In this talk, I will argue why we need to devote more attention to the digital infrastructure of online archives if we want to understand their impact on our understanding and uses of the past. 

You'll find the link for the event on the Uses of the Past website here:

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Tags: Uses of the Past, digital archives, memory