[Humanist] 29.598 events: political history

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Wed Jan 6 07:13:53 CET 2016

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 598.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2016 09:45:01 +0000
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        Subject: Writing Political History in the Digital Age, 11th Feb FCO
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Where: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (London)
When: Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 1:30pm

The transformation of politics in the era of the internet is a subject of endless debate and discussion, but what are its implications for political history and historians? How does the current ‘digital revolution’ compare to technological change in earlier periods, from the birth of radio and television to the arrival of the fax machine and photocopier? How are digital technologies changing the methodological and conceptual terrain of political history? And how should we preserve and analyse ‘born-digital’ sources, from central government emails to activist tweets? In short, if digital technologies have changed politics in our time, how are they changing political history?

This event will bring early-career and more established historians together with archivists, policymakers and digital specialists to consider these and other questions about the relationship between politics, digital technologies and the writing of history. 

The event, hosted in partnership between the Mile End Institute at Queen Mary University of London and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Historians, forms part of a wider programme of activity focused on early-career scholars on the theme of Rethinking Contemporary British Political History, which is funded by a British Academy’s Rising Star Engagement Award held by Dr Helen McCarthy at Queen Mary University of London. 

Dr Helen McCarthy
Senior Lecturer in History

Deputy Director, Mile End Institute

Managing Editor, Twentieth Century British History

email: h.mccarthy at qmul.ac.uk<mailto:h.mccarthy at qmul.ac.uk>
Twitter: @HistorianHelen

School of History
Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS

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