Public history Contemporary history of Europe Digital history & historiography

Veins filled with the dilluted sap of rationality. A critical reply to Rens Bod

This article argues – in contradiction to the thesis developed by Rens Bod – that
the hermeneutic tradition of humanities is not obsolete, especially when trying to understand the opportunities and challenges of using digital technologies for future research. The practice of digital history will have to be based on the critical analysis of the creation, enrichment, editing and retrieval of digital data as much as on the application of classical source criticism and historical contextualisation. If 'content' or rather 'data' is king in digital humanities, as imagined by Bod, context is its crown – at least for digital historians.

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