Digitale Geschichte und Historiographie

Digital Hermeneutics in History: Theory and Practice

25 Oktober 2018 bis 26 Oktober 2018

Digital Hermeneutics in History: Theory and Practice

Still from an animation for the Ranke.2 project, the C²DH teaching platform for Digital Source Criticism (Image credit: All Things Moving).

The Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) is organising a two day conference and workshop on occasion of the official launch of the Ranke.2 project, its teaching platform for Digital Source Criticism.

The conference and workshop will revolve around the concept of “digital hermeneutics”, defined as the critical and self-reflexive use of digital tools and technologies for the development of new research questions, the testing of analytical assumptions and the production of sophisticated scientific interpretations.

This two-day event will address both the theory and practice of digital hermeneutics:

  • Day 1 will have the format of a ‘traditional’ conference with sessions dedicated to  the four key aspects of the concept of digital hermeneutics: source criticism, tool criticism, algorithmic criticism and interface criticism.
  • Day 2 will consist of workshops where participants will discuss the challenges of introducing digital history training in the history curriculum and will demonstrate best practices in an interactive setting.

Keynotes by Edward Ayers (University of Richmond) and Julia Noordegraaf (University of Amsterdam).





25-26 October 2018



9, Avenue des Hauts-Fourneaux
L-4362 Esch-sur-Alzette


Thursday 25 October - Theory: Conference

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Welcome and Introduction by Andreas Fickers (C²DH)


Session 1

  Pascal Föhr (University of Basel)
Save your sources! ...but can you?
  Tim van der Heijden (C²DH)
Doing Digital History and Hermeneutics in an Interdisciplinary Setting
  Marijn Koolen (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences - Humanities Cluster), Jasmijn van Gorp (Utrecht University) and Jacco van Ossenbruggen (Center for Mathematics and Computer Science)
A hands-on approach to digital tool criticism: Tools for (self-)reflection
Coffee break


Session 2

  Andreas Müller (University of Halle)
Digital - Is that all there is? A report from digital source criticism of
  Sofia Papastamkou (University of Lille) and Frédéric Clavert (C²DH)
Twitter data as primary sources for historians: a critical approach. Lessons from two projects: the 2015 Greek referendum and the Centenary of the Great War on Twitter
  Cristina Vertan (University of Hamburg)
Combining digital and hermeneutic approaches for investigating source quotations in early modern historical texts


Session 3

  Francesco Beretta (CNRS - Université de Lyon)
Factoïd-based model versus CIDOC CRM ? Extracting structured data from historical sources
  Marten Düring and Estelle Bunout (C²DH)
Implementing Transparency
  Joris van Zundert (Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands)
Why We Should Think About a Domain Specific Computer Language (DSL) for Scholarship
Coffee break



Launch Ranke.2

Stefania Scagliola and Andreas Fickers (C²DH)
Official launch of the C²DH Ranke.2 teaching platform for Digital Source Criticism with an opening word by Prof. Dr. Jens Kreisel, Vice-rector for Research of the University of Luxembourg




Edward Ayers (University of Richmond)
The Historical Imagination in a Digital World


Friday 26 October 2018 - Practice: Workshops



Workshop 1

Valerie Schafer and Andreas Fickers (C²DH)
Sustainability: problematizing fragility and ephemerality in digital research

Coffee break



Julia Noordegraaf (University of Amsterdam)
Digital Hermeneutics in Media Historiography: Researching Paul Verhoeven in the CLARIAH Media Suite





Workshop 2

John Randolph (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Gerben Zaagsma (C²DH)
Strategies for Using Digital Sources in the Classroom


Coffee break



Workshop 3

Ilja Nieuwland (Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands)
Digital Skills - Defining the Bare Minimum


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