History | Digital History
H650 | 12800 | Sword

A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to graduates only

This colloquium is designed to help humanities scholars think
systematically about how digital media affect their work. We will
explore the vast array of digital resources historians use in
research, in teaching, and to engage the public outside of academia.
Our common readings will include highlights from the lively debate
between academic techno-enthusiasts and techno-skeptics, a range of
exemplary digital projects, and a pragmatic guide to creating one’s
own digital tools. The emphasis of the course, however, is on
building collective knowledge out of individual investigation of the
resources most relevant to our own fields. We will be helping each
other to think broadly about what has been done and what might be
done with the “new media,” while at the same time addressing more
concrete questions about what is possible and wise for us

Course assignments will allow you to invest time in evaluating and
learning the tools you will need for your scholarly endeavors,
whatever your current level of technical skill.   You will be asked
to lay the plans for a digital project related to your work, and to
use your acquired expertise to educate your classmates.  You will
also be asked to develop one of the technical skills appropriate to
your project.  The instructor will facilitate training, but the
class will not teach specific programs.   Discussion will focus on
the common issues and opportunities technology raises for
humanists.  The colloquium has been designed with historians in
mind, but the concerns are interdisciplinary and students from other
departments are encouraged to enroll.

For more information, contact  Prof. Kirsten Sword,
ksword@indiana.edu, or see the course website at