Digital History and Hermeneutics – Between Theory and Practice: An Introduction

Andreas Fickers, Juliane Tatarinov, T. van der Heijden

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As a result of rapid advancements in computer science during recent decades, there has been an increased use of digital tools, methodologies and sources in the field of digital humanities. While opening up new opportunities for scholarship, many digital methods and tools now used for humanities research have nevertheless been developed by computer or data sciences and thus require a critical understanding of their mode of operation and functionality. The novel field of digital hermeneutics is meant to provide such a critical and reflexive frame for digital humanities research by acquiring digital literacy and skills. A new knowledge for the assessment of digital data, research infrastructures, analytical tools, and interpretative methods is needed, providing the humanities scholar with the necessary munition for doing critical research. The Doctoral Training Unit "Digital History and Hermeneutics" at the University of Luxembourg applies this analytical frame to 13 PhD projects. By combining a hermeneutic reflection on the new digital practices of humanities scholarship with hands-on experimentation with digital tools and methods, new approaches and opportunities as well as limitations and flaws can be addressed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital History and Hermeneutics
Subtitle of host publicationBetween Theory and Practice
Place of PublicationBerlin, Boston
PublisherDe Gruyter Oldenbourg
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783110723991
ISBN (Print)9783110723878
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2022

Publication series

SeriesStudies in Digital History and Hermeneutics


  • digital history
  • digital hermeneutics
  • digital humanities
  • trading zone
  • interdisciplinarity


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