The advance of digital technology is having a profound impact on all aspects of the historian’s craft. Digital tools are affecting the collection, organization, interpretation, and presentation of sources as well as the communication of historians with colleagues, students, and the broader public. Digital literacy is thus crucial for today’s historians. New media are also reshaping archives and libraries in unpredictable ways. It is certain, though, that the current politics of digitalization greatly influences future historical research. Critical discussions of cultural heritage and digitization – in close collaboration with archives and libraries – are thus essential to ensure the accessibility and usability of historical collections.
Uniquely positioned as a section specializing in historical reflections on the digital turn and the historical development of new media, the Section for Media History, together with the Lund Centre for the History of Knowledge, hosts the HT platform DigitalHistory@Lund, uniting scholars from the Faculty’s historical disciplines and beyond, in collaboration with the Lund University Humanities Lab and the Lund University Library. DigitalHistory@Lund is funded by The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology, Lund University, 2021-2022.