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See detailHet Dagboek van Anne Frank en andere Joodse Egodocumenten
Zaagsma, Gerben UL

Conference given outside the academic context (2020)

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See detailThe Promise and Peril of Digital Research in Yiddish: An Interview with Gerben Zaagsma
Hoffenberg, Elena; Zaagsma, Gerben UL

Diverse speeches and writings (2020)

It seemed fitting to break away from a conference bringing together American and European scholars and researchers working on digital humanities for an old-fashioned face-to-face conversation about ... [more ▼]

It seemed fitting to break away from a conference bringing together American and European scholars and researchers working on digital humanities for an old-fashioned face-to-face conversation about Yiddish. During a conference on Digital Hermeneutics at the German Heritage Institute in Washington, DC, I sat down to talk with Gerben Zaagsma, who is an assistant professor at the Centre for Contemporary and Digital History at the University of Luxembourg. In addition to being the author of the book Jewish Volunteers, the International Brigades and the Spanish Civil War (2017), Zaagsma is the curator of the invaluable online collection of links to all things Yiddish, yiddish-sources.com. In this interview, he talks about his chance encounter with Yiddish that started him on the path to studying klezmer music and the Spanish Civil War. While researching a book on an event with global and long-lasting reverberations, he encountered the potency and the frustrations of digital research. Finally, Zaagsma looks to the future of digital studies and Yiddish. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Digital Archive and the Politics of Digitisation
Zaagsma, Gerben UL

Presentation (2020, February 13)

This paper deals with a question that is becoming increasingly important for historians who work with digitised cultural heritage: what are the politics of digitisation and what are its implications for ... [more ▼]

This paper deals with a question that is becoming increasingly important for historians who work with digitised cultural heritage: what are the politics of digitisation and what are its implications for historical research? Is the often-lauded democratising potential of digitisation also offset by risks, inherent in selection processes that might privilege the digitisation of heritage corresponding to existing national master narratives, the availability of funding and/or the priorities set by cultural policies and certain research agendas? How does transnational heritage fit into this picture when most digitisation projects are, in one way or another, nationally framed? What biases can digital archives introduce in our work and how does that differ from issues of bias and selection in the ‘paper’ archive? In discussing these questions, I will provide a couple of examples before emphasising the importance of more transparency in this regard and the need for guidelines about how digital archives are constituted. A key point to highlight is that professional historians can and should be more open to learn from the experience of digital archivists and librarians who are at the forefront of the digital turn in heritage work. [less ▲]

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See detailRoundtable - Combating anti-Semitism in contemporary Europe
Zaagsma, Gerben UL; Santer, Georges; Feldman, David et al

Diverse speeches and writings (2020)

Roundtable Combating anti-Semitism in contemporary Europe What is the state of anti-Semitism in Europe, and Luxembourg, today? How can it be situated within the broader context of rising hate speech and ... [more ▼]

Roundtable Combating anti-Semitism in contemporary Europe What is the state of anti-Semitism in Europe, and Luxembourg, today? How can it be situated within the broader context of rising hate speech and crime, online and offline? What methods are being proposed to combat it? How does it relate to politics and the broader memory battles that are being fought in Europe today? These will be the themes addressed during a round table discussion with the following participants: - Dr. Gerben Zaagsma (moderator, C²DH) - Georges Santer (Ambassador, Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance/IHRA) - Prof. David Feldman (Director, Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London) - François Moyse (Chair, European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage) [less ▲]

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See detailDenis Scuto an Dr. Gerben Zaagsma iwwer den FORUM Z Holocaust: History and Memory
Zaagsma, Gerben UL; Scuto, Denis UL

Diverse speeches and writings (2020)

Déi zwee Historiker erzielen iwwer den FORUM Z, organiséiert vum C2DH, deen haut iwwer den Theema Holocaust: History and Memory, geet. De Forum zu Mondorf an der Orangerie vum Thermalbad ass agedeelt an ... [more ▼]

Déi zwee Historiker erzielen iwwer den FORUM Z, organiséiert vum C2DH, deen haut iwwer den Theema Holocaust: History and Memory, geet. De Forum zu Mondorf an der Orangerie vum Thermalbad ass agedeelt an dräi Deeler: 1. The Holocaust and Jewish life in Luxembourg: filling the gaps 2. Holocaust research in the digital age 3. Combating anti-Semitism in contemporary Europe [less ▲]

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See detailTracing the ‘Jewish Freedom Fighter’. The legacy of Naftali Botwin and the construction of a transnational cult of Jewish heroes
Zaagsma, Gerben UL

in Balázs, Eszter; Royer, Clara (Eds.) Le Culte des héros en Europe centrale 1880-1945 (2019)

This article discusses the transnational heroic cult that developed in Yiddish communist circles around the figure of Naftali Botwin, a young Polish-Jewish communist who was executed by Polish authorities ... [more ▼]

This article discusses the transnational heroic cult that developed in Yiddish communist circles around the figure of Naftali Botwin, a young Polish-Jewish communist who was executed by Polish authorities in the city of Lwów, following a trial in which he was convicted for assassinating a police infiltrator in the ranks of the Polish Communist Party (KPP). The discussion highlights how Botwin’s legacy was appropriated in multiple, and sometimes contrasting, ways in the decades following his death, especially within the context of the creation of the Botwin Company in the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War. In doing so it will also highlight the transnational nature of this cult, as his memory lived on through poems, plays and publications that circulated through the worldwide networks and communicative spaces of Jewish (leftist) émigrés. [less ▲]

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See detailInterview with Dr. Melvin Wevers (KNAW Humanities Cluster, Amsterdam)
Zaagsma, Gerben UL; Wevers, Melvin

Diverse speeches and writings (2019)

In this interview, Melvin Wevers begins by talking about his career and his contribution to the first big text mining project in the Netherlands. He shares his experiences in approaching, working and ... [more ▼]

In this interview, Melvin Wevers begins by talking about his career and his contribution to the first big text mining project in the Netherlands. He shares his experiences in approaching, working and interpreting the data and discusses the risks of both data-driven and hypothesis-driven research. He then talks about the new developments in computer vision which can be relevant to historians and about the importance of modelling in digital enabled historical research. He continues with an overview of the major projects he’s currently involved in and comments on the role of the “digital humanist”. He concludes by pointing out new trends, which in his view will shape the digital history of the future. [less ▲]

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See detailInterview with Prof. Dr Steven E. Jones (University of South Florida)
Zaagsma, Gerben UL; Jones, Steven E.

Diverse speeches and writings (2019)

In this interview, Professor Steven Jones talks about his career and training in textual studies. Because of his specific interest in the materiality of texts in archives, he soon became interested in the ... [more ▼]

In this interview, Professor Steven Jones talks about his career and training in textual studies. Because of his specific interest in the materiality of texts in archives, he soon became interested in the relationship of the physical and the digital as a theoretical problem and methodological issue. He then talks about the myth of Roberto Busa as “founding father of digital humanities” which he sets out to complement with history. He comments on Busa’s work with IBM and on the young female punched card operators that worked in the first institutional digital humanities centre that Busa created. Jones is currently working on a project to reconstruct and model the centre and the work that was done there. To conclude, he offers his comments on the directions digital humanities might take on in the future. [less ▲]

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See detailInterview with Prof. Dr Jane Winters (School of Advanced Study, University of London)
Zaagsma, Gerben UL; Winters, Jane

Diverse speeches and writings (2019)

In this interview, Professor Jane Winters gives an overview of her career, starting as a medieval historian to becoming a professor in digital history. She talks about her main work with born digital ... [more ▼]

In this interview, Professor Jane Winters gives an overview of her career, starting as a medieval historian to becoming a professor in digital history. She talks about her main work with born digital archives and reflects on how web archive changes historical research. ‘History from below’ with a big interest in genealogy and local history being very popular in the UK, she describes the character of digital history in her country and the response of both amateur and professional historians to digitisation. She pleads for more digital pedagogy at an earlier stage of the curriculum and underlines the importance of the relationship between digital humanities and other stakeholders like librarians and archivists. In her view, the next big challenge in digital humanities will be the non-text media analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailIntroduction: Integrating Digital Humanities
Birkholz, Julie; Zaagsma, Gerben UL; Zaagsma, Gerben UL et al

in DH Benelux Journal (2019), 1

Introduction to the inaugural issue of the DH Benelux Journal which explores the theme of Integrating Digital Humanities.

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See detailDigital History and the Politics of Digitization
Zaagsma, Gerben UL

Presentation (2019, July 10)

This paper will present the first findings of an ongoing research project. It is about the digital resources we work with as historians; in the first place with regard to what is being digitized, the ... [more ▼]

This paper will present the first findings of an ongoing research project. It is about the digital resources we work with as historians; in the first place with regard to what is being digitized, the sources and data, and to a lesser degree the metadata, notwithstanding the latter’s profound political aspects and effects, e.g. with regard to access. To avoid misunderstandings: it is not about the politics of digital humanities more broadly conceived; e.g. about addressing claims that it is incumbent upon DH to fulfil a political mission or become a more self-critical discipline by consciously investigating its own gender, diversity and other biases. [less ▲]

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See detailRound table Coding Europe: decoding its history
Zaagsma, Gerben UL

Presentation (2019, June 27)

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See detailInterview with Prof. Dr David Bodenhamer (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis)
Zaagsma, Gerben UL; Bodenhamer, David

Diverse speeches and writings (2019)

In this interview, Professor David Bodenhamer gives an overview of his career, from his beginnings as a constitutional legal historian to becoming a new digital historian. He illustrates how GIS changed ... [more ▼]

In this interview, Professor David Bodenhamer gives an overview of his career, from his beginnings as a constitutional legal historian to becoming a new digital historian. He illustrates how GIS changed the nature of his work and explains the notion of ‘deep mapping’, emphasizing the importance of our human experience with places. He concludes by outlining the most exciting developments going on in digital history in his view. [less ▲]

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See detailInterview with Prof. Dr Tim Hitchcock (University of Sussex)
Zaagsma, Gerben UL; Hitchcock, Tim

Diverse speeches and writings (2019)

In this interview, Professor Tim Hitchcock describes his beginnings as an historian in British social history and how he became involved in the field of digital humanities. He explains how he started with ... [more ▼]

In this interview, Professor Tim Hitchcock describes his beginnings as an historian in British social history and how he became involved in the field of digital humanities. He explains how he started with Robert Shoemaker in the late 1990’s big digitization projects like “Old Bailey online” (The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913). He emphasizes also the role of digital history in connection with the history from below in the United Kingdom and public history in the United States. Tim Hitchcock also criticizes the way in which a lot of historians meet the digital challenge and underlines the importance of the use of digital tools in the undergraduates curriculum in the University of Sussex. He also explains the interactions between close reading and distant reading, how historians nowadays deal with it, and describes the perspectives for digital history in the future. [less ▲]

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See detailDoing History in the Digital Age - On Hybridity, Hermeneutics and the Politics of Digitisation
Zaagsma, Gerben UL

Presentation (2019, May 09)

This talk centers around the changing practice of doing history in the digital age, seen within the broader historical context of developments in the so-called digital humanities. It argues that there is ... [more ▼]

This talk centers around the changing practice of doing history in the digital age, seen within the broader historical context of developments in the so-called digital humanities. It argues that there is too much emphasis on tools and data while too little attention is being paid to how the practice of doing history is changing as a result of the digital turn. It will also contextualise and historicise what we mean by ‘digital turn’ and, indeed, ‘digital history’; the current buzz around digital humanities notwithstanding, computers have been used in humanities research since at least the late 1940s. And as long as they have existed, the question of their uptake in humanist and historical research practices has been debated. So what, then, is new? In his talk, Zaagsma will focus on three key points that are relevant to debates about digital history. First of all, he will argue that in many ways hybridity is the new normal, and in fact has been for a much longer time than is often suggested. Nonetheless, we still need a more conscious hybrid approach to historical research that combines ’traditional’ with digital hermeneutical approaches in a new practice of doing history. Secondly, he will discuss how such digital hermeneutical approaches can be seen, in light of the often-voiced scepticism that ‘classic’ hermeneutical approaches are undermined by supposedly new, digital quantitative and/or positivist methodologies. And thirdly, he will address the broader issue of how digitisation affects historical research, and the stories we can and cannot tell, in ways that historians are only beginning to understand. [less ▲]

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See detailDer hybride Historiker. Geschichtsforschung im digitalen Zeitalter
Zaagsma, Gerben UL

Presentation (2019, February 18)

Dieser Vortrag argumentiert für einen hybriden Ansatz der historischen Forschung, der "traditionelle" mit digitalen hermeneutischen Ansätzen in einer neuen geschichtswissenschaftlichen Praxis kombiniert ... [more ▼]

Dieser Vortrag argumentiert für einen hybriden Ansatz der historischen Forschung, der "traditionelle" mit digitalen hermeneutischen Ansätzen in einer neuen geschichtswissenschaftlichen Praxis kombiniert. Da der "digital turn" den gesamten historische Forschungsprozess betrifft und verändert, ist dies eine dringende Herausforderung für alle Historiker, nicht nur für diejenigen, die an "big data" Projekten beteiligt sind. Tatsächlich ist Hybridität "the new normal", sowohl Chance als Herausforderung. Doch während die meisten Historiker in der Phase der Informationsbeschaffung schon digital arbeiten (oft ohne bewusste Reflexion), verzichten sie oft auf digitale Ansätze in der Verarbeitungs- und vor allem in der Analysephase. Digitale Ansätze erweitern aber das methodische Repertoire, das durch “traditionelle” close reading bereitgestellt wird. Hybride Ansätze erweitern so unseren intellektuellen Möglichkeitsraum und das analytische Potential, das wir auf unsere Quellen anwenden. Als Beispiel wird im Vortrag auch kurz erläutert, wie digital Ansätze in die Arbeit an den Tagebüchern von Anne Frank eingeflossen wurden und zeigt somit den Mehrwert ihrer Einbeziehung digitaler Ansätze in alle Phasen der historischen Forschung. [less ▲]

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See detailForum Z: "Who is afraid of the Digital?"
Tatarinov, Juliane UL; Zaagsma, Gerben UL

Conference given outside the academic context (2019)

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See detailInterview with Prof. Dr Andrew Prescott (University of Glasgow)
Zaagsma, Gerben UL; Prescott, Andrew

Diverse speeches and writings (2019)

In this interview, Professor Andrew Prescott describes his beginnings as a librarian and how this profession brought him to the field of digital humanities. He emphasizes more broadly the role of curators ... [more ▼]

In this interview, Professor Andrew Prescott describes his beginnings as a librarian and how this profession brought him to the field of digital humanities. He emphasizes more broadly the role of curators in this field including the role of metadata and the configuration of collections in a new way. Andrew Prescott also historicizes the digital turn in humanities and explores the most exciting trends for the future. [less ▲]

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See detail#DHJewish - Jewish Studies and Digital Humanities (prototype website)
Gori, Marc UL; Zaagsma, Gerben UL

Computer development (2019)

This pilot project aimed at building an online portal that provides informa tion about the intersec tion of Jewish Studies and Digital Humani ties. The prototype website that we created (internal only ... [more ▼]

This pilot project aimed at building an online portal that provides informa tion about the intersec tion of Jewish Studies and Digital Humani ties. The prototype website that we created (internal only) will be further developed in 2020 with a second stage grant. [less ▲]

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See detailDigital Resources and Tools in Historical Research
Zaagsma, Gerben UL; Wieneke, Lars UL

in Kollmann, Stefanie; Müller, Lars; Reh, Sabine (Eds.) et al Picture archives and the emergence of visual history of education. ISCHE 40 pre-conference workshop. 3rd workshop "Pictura Paedagogica Online: educational knowledge in images (2018, December 21)

One of the characteristic features of modern life is the omnipresence of images - in public life as well as in the private surroundings. At latest with coining the term "Visual history" at the beginning ... [more ▼]

One of the characteristic features of modern life is the omnipresence of images - in public life as well as in the private surroundings. At latest with coining the term "Visual history" at the beginning of the nineteen nineties historical disciplines are dealing with this ever growing pool of pictorial sources. This is also true for educational history - especially when keeping in mind that the use of images in an educational context is common practice since early modern ages. This concerns the presentation practices, the design of didactic visual media and their use in educational practice as well as the illustrated traces of historical educational practice and historical educational knowledge (e.g. photographs of school buildings or educational scenes). There are various digital picture archives to address the research questions of many historical disciplines. These databases, though, differ widely in purpose and design - and of course they cannot serve every scientific demand. According to Gerhard Paul there should be at least four layers of information evaluation when analysing historical images (reality of depiction, genesis, use and impact). Thus, building up a corpus of image sources with sufficient accompanying information can be quite challenging. As major topic the Pre-Conference Workshop will focus on the impact of the discipline on developing and maintaining of a picture archive. (DIPF/Orig.) [less ▲]

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