Jewish Volunteers, the International Brigades and the Spanish Civil War

My upcoming book Jewish Volunteers, the International Brigades and the Spanish Civil War will be published in late 2015 by Bloomsbury Academic in their War, Culture and Society Series. It is now available for pre-order on Amazon UK and Amazon Germany.

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The diaries of Anne Frank. Research—Translations—Critical Edition

I currently work as a research fellow at the Lichtenberg Kolleg at the Georg August Universität Göttingen on the project The diaries of Anne Frank. Research—Translations—Critical Edition. The project is a collaboration between the Lichtenberg Kolleg at the Georg August Universität Göttingen and the Fritz Bauer Institute in Frankfurt. It involves a new historical-critical edition of the diaries in Dutch, English and German as well as an accompanying multi-author research monograph. I am responsible for the annotations of the new edition as well as involved in planning the monograph for which I will contribute a chapter on wartime Yiddish diaries. Read more about The diaries of Anne Frank. Research—Translations—Critical Edition

Special issue BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review on Digital History

A special issue of the BMGN – Low Countries Historical Review on Digital History has just been published. I guest-edited the articles section and wrote the introduction. The issue can be found here.

 

Cover of BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review 128:4 on Digital History

New article out in L'histoire contemporaine à l'ère numérique/ Contemporary History in the Digital Age

A new book entitled L'histoire contemporaine à l'ère numérique/ Contemporary History in the Digital Age was published with Peter Lang recently. It contains articles from the Digital Humanities Luxembourg (DHLU) 2009 and 2012 conferences (see also this call for papers for the upcoming december 2013 conference on the theme of Reading historical sources in the digital age).

 

L'histoire contemporaine à l'ère numérique/ Contemporary History in the Digital Age

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It’s the context stupid

On July 9, 2013, a conference took place in the Jewish Museum in Berlin entitled Public History of the Holocaust - Historical Research in the Digital Age. One of the issues brought up in the closing forum discussion was the loss of context in working with online digital archives and/or libraries, a point made by Stefanie Schüler-Springorum who used the example of doing newspapers research to illustrate it. Having used this example often to illustrate the methodological challenges of doing history in the digital age, I was very happy to hear it being addressed in the forum. For loss of context, or loss of awareness of context, when using and working with digital resources is a key issue that is in dire need of more discussion by historians, whether they describe themselves as digital or not.  Read more about It’s the context stupid

Doing history in the digital age: history as a hybrid practice

In reading up on various topics to prepare my lectures for a digital history course I am currently teaching I am struck by the extent to which a dichotomy is created between supposedly new ‚digital’ ways of doing history versus traditional, or if you will analog, historical practices. Whether the focus is on data as a new type of source, digital methods to analyze it, new forms of academic publishing or calls to change our narrative way of writing in order to better integrate and explicate our methodology, the suggestion is invariably that we face a fundamental break with past practices. Read more about Doing history in the digital age: history as a hybrid practice

Course Digital Historical Research

This week I started teaching on a new course entitled Digital Historical Research. The course is offered to employees of the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands and NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies from february-july 2013. It is organized by myself and my NIOD colleague Hinke Piersma. I am teaching several of the classes and will upload the slides to my slideshare account. The course website (in Dutch) can be found here

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Report Digital History workshop 7 January 2013 at Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands

[This is an English translation of a short report on the digital history workshop held on 7 January 2013 at the Huygens ING, as it appeared on the Dutch website Historici.nl. Full disclosure: I did not only write this report but also organized the workshop and gave the introductory lecture. More information on the workshop, including the slides of many presentations, biographies of the speakers and abstracts of the papers (several of them in English) can be found on the website: www.digitale-geschiedenis.nl.]

On 7 January 2013, the Royal Netherlands Historical Society (KNHG) and the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts & Sciences) organized a workshop on the theme of digital history. The aim of this well-attended workshop was to discuss the methodological and epistemological changes that are brought about in historical research as a result of new technologies and the availability of digitized sources. With discussants for every paper, and about 50 participants in total, time was clearly too short to deal with all questions that came to the fore. Read more about Report Digital History workshop 7 January 2013 at Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands

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