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Spring 2015-2016
* HIS 278 (HA)   na, npdf

Digital, Spatial, Visual, and Oral Histories

Emmanuel H. Kreike

The course focuses on digital history as a way to integrate different unconventional and conventional sources and approaches especially oral, spatial (maps), images (photos) and netbased data. Digital history allows for the combination of, for example, spatial history (through the use of Geographic Information Systems or GIS) with oral history in a single multi-dimensional, multimedia, and interactive platform (a blog or webpage). Oral history can be used to recapture the history of individuals, groups, and phenomena that conventional written sources (written by the elite) have erased.

Sample reading list:
Roy Rosenzweig & Anthony Grafton, Clio Wired: The Future of the Past in the Digital Age
Jeremy Black, Maps and History: Constructing Images of the Past
Donald A. Ritchie, Doing Oral History
Paul S. Ell & Ian N. Gregory, Historical GIS: Technologies, Methodologies, and Scholarship
Matthew Wilhelm Kapell, Playing with the Past: Digital Games Simulation of History
Alexander Freund & Alistair Thomson, Oral History and Photography

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly lab assignments and a final project. The final project is based on an oral history interview as well as photos, video, objects, maps, aerial photographs, and other sources that relate to the life history of the interviewee. Converted to digital form the data will be integrated on a google maps platform through the use of GIS technology.

Requirements/Grading:
Lab Reports - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Term Paper(s) - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40170 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Lewis Library   225   Enrolled:3 Limit:10