Week 11: Digital History and the Commons: Who Owns History?


Last week’s discussion focused on the nature of the commons.  This week, we will pursue a theme that emerges from debates over the commons — particularly as it relates to the humanities generally, and history more specifically: “who owns history?”  We will engage with two interrelated problems.  The first concerns the balance between authority, expertise, and public engagement in digital humanities work.  The second concerns the institutions of authority and power and what role they play in shaping and defining the digital humanities.


I.  Discussion: Authority, Expertise, and Public Engagement (1 hr 15 min)
II. Break (10 min)
III. Discussion: Institutions (1 hr 15 min)

Assignments (due before class)

  • Weekly Twitter Assignment

Required Reading

Optional Reading


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