Politics of Digital Humanities in Eastern European Studies – Workshop series
Politics of e-Heritage: Production and regulation of digital memory in Eastern Europe and Russia
Second joint workshop between the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, the Aleksanteri Institute – University of Helsinki and CEES University of Glasgow
Venue: Marburg, Germany
Time: 3-4 June 2019
In the last decade, there has been increasing interest in digital technologies and their influence on the production of memory, history and heritage not only within academic research, but also in politics, especially in Eastern Europe and Russia. The tendency toward selective history, heritage and memory politics in the region manifests itself more and more in the digital sphere. Politicians decide on what will be remembered and how. These decisions also influence the decision on what will be digitised and how. Whose heritage will be secured by digitisation and whose will not? Simultaneously, these decisions also aim to regulate the accessibility of digitised heritage. Which materials or collections will be accessible, and which will not? Moreover, the types of users are regulated through these politics.
In this framework, this workshop – the second of a series on the challenges of digital humanities in Europe, with a special focus on Eastern Europe and Russia – formulates questions on concrete strategies, policies and interests connected to the digitisation of heritage in this region. Therefore, this workshop focuses on:
a.) various relations between memory/history politics and digitisation
b.) methods of e-heritage production
c.) exclusion and inclusion mechanisms in e-heritage production
To investigate these connections and interdependencies, scholars with methodological and theoretical approaches from various disciplines such as history, art history, political sciences, media studies, sociology and digital humanities are invited to submit their proposals.