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Digitalisation means twofold change for historians. 1.: We are - even now, and certainly will be more so in the future – confronted with with non-written sources, resulting in the fact that future historians will deal with testimonies of persons, who, under the discoursive conditions of what may be called the 'paper galaxy' would probably not have left a trace of their existence, let alone their thoughts and living at all. These media and their reception will change not only methods, but also
... eories of history. Even though the very fundamental virtues of historical work such as precise and critical reading of texts (in a broad sense), the analysis of context and intentions of their production and a self-reflexive awareness of the historians own historicity will always form the very core of scholarly thinking and acting, history will transform into a historical media science, encompassing all human testimonies. 2.: Every change in the possibilities of human expression entails a change of perceptions and conceptions of the individual as historical subject. To what ends this anticipated change will lead is impossible to predict. Only one thing is certain: To the same extent as transforming media-episteme influence their present time, they do structure and limit its future remembrance. Historians as human-media and and memory processors have to be aware that they play an important role in the process of shaping the discoursive conditions of their own future work. To take this role seriously includes first and foremost to develop means of accessing and reflecting the fundamental changes regarding form and content of source material that is happening right now before our very eyes.