Interrogating our Tools – KnHG Digital History Workshop

9.00-15.00h, 24 March 2017 in Room 9A-16 at the VU University, De Boelelaan 1105, Amsterdam

Are historians sufficiently aware of the impact of digitization on historical methodology and the position of the historian in a changing professional environment? The ‘Interrogating Our Tools – Digital History Workshop’ will bring experts in the field of Digital History together in order to examine the historian’s comprehension of the way in which digital tools influence his/her work.

Key issues

  • To what extent do historians control the digital infrastructure by determining which sources are made available, searchable, linked, and analyzable: which power relations play a role in the process of the digitization of accessible sources about the past?
  • What impact does digitization have on the historic narrative and the interaction between the historian and his/her audience?
  • How are these developments present in the academic Methods and Techniques education?
  • How can we ensure that students engage with the ‘unpresented sides’ of the digital historical tools and databases that they use?
  • What kind of knowledge and practice is to be expected from the next generation of historians?

Practical details

Workshop features lecture by Andreas Fickers, Director Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History, plus hands-on workshops, poster session, and discussion.

All participants are expected to bring their own laptop/tablet that can connect to Eduroam.

Participation is free, but please sign up before March 20th via

More details here.