Over the past decade increased access to digital archives and exhibits has markedly altered the production and consumption of history. The growing abundance of digitalized sources, geo-mapping software and videos offer historians the opportunity to ask different kinds of questions and employ new kinds of methods. The ease of building websites and creating on-line exhibits has moved history in to public spaces in new and exciting ways. Even a quick jaunt through cyberspace reveals a wealth of sites exploring aspects of the history of the slave trade, the Civil War, World War II, the holocaust, women’s rights, civil rights and transnational migration. Weaving together new kinds of evidence, new forms of presentation and new voices, these sites illustrate how new media and technologies are blurring the lines between academic and public history. Digital History at MU seeks to explore the possibilities inherent in digital media by showcasing student scholarship and faculty projects.
Projects considered for publication are not limited to any specific geographic, chronological or thematic focus, but all work must be creative and anchored in original research and analysis. If you are interested in submitting a project for consideration please contact one of the coordinators for details. The Department of History Digital History Committee generally selects projects at the beginning of the fall and spring terms. Digital History at MU is maintained with generous support from the College of Arts and Science.
Citation: Digital History. Columbia: University of Missouri, 2013