How can historians encourage contextualized knowledge-generation in an increasingly digital age?

What is the importance of place-based knowledge?

How can historians demonstrate/convey this importance?

Considering the importance of place in data gathering, what are best practices for pursuing global history?

Can history be both globally focused and locally informed?

Can the digitization of archival resources be radicalized?

How can digitization work to either confront or enforce status quo systems of power?

Lara Putnam, “The Transnational and the Text-Searchable: Digitized Sources and the Shadows They Cast,” The American Historical Review, Volume 121, Issue 2, 1 April 2016, pp. 377–402.

Samantha Thompson, “Why Don’t Archvists Digitize Everything?” May 31, 2017.


The Digital Age (or, just how f’d are we?)

What are the consequences of such intense tracking?

How does this contribute to existing structures of power?

How have Facebook and other social networking sites changed since 2006?

How many things have been largely accepted in our use of social networking that once felt more invasive and/or uncomfortable?

“The Age of the Algorithm” 99% Invisible podcast (September 5, 2017).
Farhad Manjoo and Nadieh Bremer, “I Visited 47 Sites. Hundreds of Trackers Followed Me.” New York Times (August 23, 2019)
Tracy Samantha Schmidt, “Inside the Backlash Against Facebook” Time (2006)