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Conference: Digital History in Sweden

Time Thursday 9 December until Friday 10 December, 2021 at 08:00 - 17:00
Place Humlab / ZOOM

Photo: Calvinius, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Humlab/Umeå University, December 9–10

Humlab in Umeå welcomes you to the fourth annual Digital History in Sweden conference, which will take place December 9–10! We invite scholars who work in the convergence between historical and digital research in Sweden. Presentations on all aspects of digital history are welcome, and especially those dedicated to the conference theme “Trading Zones of Digital History”, focusing on the scholarly knowledge production at the intersection of different disciplines, methods, and perspectives.

Interdisciplinary digital history highlights attempts to integrate, trade, and negotiate knowledge and methods from different disciplines, without abandoning the traditions of humanistic research. Collaborations between historically oriented researchers and scholars from, for instance, technical disciplines can be fruitful and ideally contribute to enhance the quality of research findings. However, such intersections can also be challenging, due to different conceptual frameworks, notions of source criticism, and publication traditions. Regardless, digitization of historical sources – as well as digital-born sources – and computational methods affect the practices of doing historical research. This year’s conference focuses on how to do digital historical research in such trading zones, and on the issues that arise in these intersections: how should digital historians approach methods that are developed in other disciplines and designed for other purposes? What do we risk when engaging in research projects involving disciplines with different traditions, and more importantly: what kind of new knowledge can be produced?

We especially encourage submissions presenting project ideas or sketching emerging work. Presentations will be circa 10–20 minutes long, preferably in English or in a Scandinavian language. The plan is to organize a physical conference in Humlab, with a possibility to present through Zoom. Historians from academic and non-academic historical institutions and heritage organizations, independent scholars, and students are warmly encouraged to present and participate. For those who present physically in Humlab, there will be a joint conference dinner on Thursday 9 December. There is no conference fee.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is 15 September 2021. Your abstract should contain 200–300 words plus title, your name(s), affiliation(s), and mail contact(s). Also indicate if you intend to present in person or online. Submit your abstract to


Confirmed keynotes

December 9: Pelle Snickars (Umeå University)

December 10: Jo Guldi (Southern Methodist University)

Organizer: Humlab
Event type: Conference
Fredrik Norén
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