"L'historien de demain sera programmeur ou il ne sera pas." (Digitale) Geschichtswissenschaften heute und morgen

Malte Rehbein
The essay starts from the author's personal approach to digital methods in historical sciences. It characterizes Digital Humanities in a twofold way: in a pragmatic shaping as transfer ("Transferwissenschaft") and a paradigmatic shaping as transformation ("Transformationswissenschaft"). With regard to historical sciences, different layers of interdisciplinary scholarly work are discussed. This is critically seen from the perspectives of "digital history" as well as "historical information
more » ... l information sciences" employing quantifying methods as examples. The discussion is embedded into the general societal discourse on digitality. The essay concludes by suggesting to shape history as a scholarship that provides critical orientation for societies ("Orientierungswissenschaft") during a period of ubiquitous transformation. It warns about the formation of a society that conforms to digitization but pleads for developing digitization to conform to society.
doi:10.11588/dco.2017.0.48491 fatcat:epn5jwbqhjexhchhhpyuhwkw3y