Professional skills: Digital humanities for historians

What does the digital shift mean for historians? This workshop explores some of the key methodological questions historians encounter when we start using digital tools to answer historical questions. It will also provide training in using digital source materials.

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Participants are welcomed to join a workshop led by the National Library in Oslo who will provide a look into their own digital collection that holds archival material from the medieval until today. Introductory lectures will discuss some of the ethical, historical and methodological key issues in Digital Humanities (DH).

  • What opportunities and problems arise with the digitalization of sources? How do tools and programs affect the questions historians ask? Is there anything in the algorithms that make some knowledge or some analyses unintelligible or opaque?
  • We will also historicize the phenomenon. What is the history of Digital Humanities? Who were the actors that brought us here? Could it have been different? Should it?
  • Furthermore, are there any particular ethical issues that arise or become more acute when historical materials are digitized?


On Wednesday, at the National Library, participants will be trained in practical knowledge about Jupyter Notebook, Data-Mining, and Surveys in their own research. 

March 4: 

11.15: Jens-Morten Hanssen - velkommen / kort introduksjon om Nasjonalbibliotekets DH-arbeid

11.30: Eivind Røssaak - Digital historieforskning? Hvordan havnet vi der?

12:00: Ruth Hemstad - "Nordiske Riger" og "Skandinaviske Symphatier": Begrepsendring og adjektivhistorie belyst gjennom digital fjern- og nærlesing

12:30: Lunch

13:30-16:00: Workshop ved Lars Johnsen og Yngvil Beyer

March 5: 

On Thursday, from 10.15-12.00, at the University of Oslo, PhD-candidate Alexandre Simon-Ekeland will give a seminar with examples of how he uses OCR in his own Project. After the session we will serve lunch. 


Information about participation:

  • This is a workshop for phd-candidates and supervisors.
  • The sessions on Digital humanities for historians on Thursday will be in Norwegian due to the language of sources in databasis we will use. If we have participants who do not speak Norwegian, please let us know and we will try to accomodate this as best we can.
  • Participation in National Library workshop and lecture by Alexandre Simon-Ekeland
  • Credit: The course is estimated to 1 ECTS. Students may take the course for credit or audit it. To achieve the credit, PhD-students are expected to submit a 1-2 page long (400-800 words, excl. references) reflection note on either 1) the use of digital sources in their own PhD-project 2) one or several of the questions above. The text is to be submitted no later than 20 March. The grading will be pass/fail.
  • There will be a dinner for participants after the last session ends 17.00

Deadlines and Application form: 

  • Deadline for application is February 1st. After the deadline, we accept candidates on a “first come, first served basis’.
  • The course is open for everyone wo write a thesis in history or use historical materials/perspectives. Students from partner institutions will have priority.
  • To apply, please fill out the application form.

Questions can be sent to: 

Hanne Hagtvedt Vik,, with a copy to

Ragnar Holst Larsen, 


Partner institutions of the Norwegian Research School in History are:

Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet (NTNU) - Det humanistiske fakultet

Universitetet i Agder - Institutt for religion, filosofi og historie

Universitetet i Bergen - Institutt for arkeologi, historie, kultur- og religionsvitskap

Universitetet i Oslo - Institutt for arkeologi, konservering og historie, Universitetet i Oslo

Universitetet i Tromsø - Institutt for arkeologi, historie, religionsvitenskap og teologi

Nord Universitet - Fakultet for samfunnsvitenskap

Høgskulen i Volda - Samfunnsfag og historie

Handelshøyskolen BI - Institutt for rettsvitenskap og styring





Published Dec. 9, 2019 2:40 PM - Last modified Sep. 9, 2020 5:25 PM