History and its Sources – after the Digital Turn - 5.9.-8.9.2017

GRAINES Summer School 2017

The event will be of particular interest to PhD students who are looking to explore the implications of digital history – qualitative and quantitative – for their own projects. The programme will provide opportunities to present and discuss research projects which involve source criticism after the digital turn, i.e. digital approaches to collecting sources and the application of digital technology to analyse these. Further topics of discussion will include qualitative or critical approaches examining the relationship between quantification and the digital turn, such as the history of statistics.

We will address various fields of digital history, including databases as a tool for collecting and analysing sources; computational text analysis; geographical information systems (GIS); and approaches to quantitative and statistical history. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the relevance of digital approaches for their own research.


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You can download a list of participants here.

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Venue: Department of History, Hirschgässlein 21, 4051 Basel. 
A five-minute walk from the train station (Basel SBB) or from the tram stop “Bankverein” (lines 1, 2, 3, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16)

Accommodation for participants: Hotel Balade, Klingental 8, 4058 Basel, Phone +41 61 699 19 00 - Directions

Accommodation for teaching staff members: Hotel Merian, Rheingasse 2, 4056 Basel, Phone +41 61 685 11 11 - Directions

Restaurants: Restaurant Prima, Aeschenvorstadt 48, 4051 Basel - Directions (Tuesday and Thursday evening).
Restaurant Ufer 7, Untere Rheingasse 11, 4058 Basel - Location – From tram stop „Bankverein“ take line 8, 14, 15 and get off at “Rheingasse” (Wednesday evening).

If you are arriving from Basel Airport, please take Bus N° 50 to BASEL SBB (Basel main station)


Organized by Prof. Lucas Burkart, Prof. Martin Lengwiler, and Dr. Roberto Sala on behalf of the Basel Graduate School of History and the GRAINES network. For questions, please contact Dr. Roberto Sala at roberto.sala@unibas.ch