Primary Sources and the Historical Profession in the Age of Text Search, Part 1: Historical Research and Analysis in the Digital Age

AHA Session 135
Friday, January 5, 2018: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Diplomat Ballroom (Omni Shoreham, West Lobby)
Ruth Mostern, University of Pittsburgh
Academic Research Is Now Almost Always Digital
Eileen Clancy, City University of New York
Reproducing Privilege in the Collaboration for Digital Primary Sources for Historical Research
Jennifer E. Guiliano, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
What Do We Want Digital History to Look Like Now?
Alison Langmead, University of Pittsburgh
The Audience

Session Abstract

Historical Research and Analysis in the Digital Age is the second roundtable discussion in this AHA-sponsored series. Moderated by Ruth Mostern (University of California-Merced), this session shifts the focus of discussion from theory and methods in digital history to the new ways historians are now working and accessing primary sources, as well the need for a more active involvement of historians in the development of this emerging historical infrastructure. It asks: How can individual scholars, departments, libraries, and institutions collaborate more fully to maximize the potential of digital primary sources for historical research? Discussants will offer brief opening remarks, to be followed by extended Q&A involving discussants, moderator, and audience alike.

This session is part of a series of sessions, "Primary Sources and the Historical Profession in the Age of Text Search," organized by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration and the AHA staff. 
The Digital Age, the Age of Text Search, the Digital Turn--whatever we choose to call it, there is no question that the emergence of digital history is reshaping how historians work, how they are trained, and how they teach. This multi-session series poses fundamental questions about the current state of and future directions for the training of historians and history teachers in the Digital Age, about the kinds of collaborations required for the substantive practice of digital history, and about the role of historians in advocating for and the multiple benefits of participating directly in projects that expand the digital historical infrastructure that will serve the needs of the profession and future historical research.