Category: Working in the Field

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Digital Humanities: Bringing History to the Public

This article is the result of a conversation I had over Facebook messaging, in response to this HTTP article on digital humanities (DH). I have been living off campus in the so-called ‘real’ world for over a year now, having completed my MPhil in Renaissance Literature at the University of...

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Is Historical Research Science?

Following my last post regarding the benefits of the historical approach, various conversations with friends and colleagues have encouraged me to further consider the historian’s methodology. One of the main points of discussion is whether historians and historical research can be thought of as objective in the same sense generally intended...

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The Art of In-betweenness (间)

As I said in another post on the Ming exhibition at the British Museum, it is not surprising that misinterpretations of ancient Chinese culture and inventions sometimes occur. This is not due to inadequate knowledge, but mostly due to the positionality of the viewer. One is prone to see what...

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The Atomic Bomb turns 70, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Today, and on August 9, we remember the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in all their devastation and the long term effects of radiation poisoning. A former British Army soldier (name removed for anonymity) reflected on the bombings, stating, “They were the best thing that could have happened to...

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History for Pragmatists

I am not a historian. I did not study History as an undergraduate or at Master’s degree level. I personally have no particular interest in history for its own sake. And I still do not fully understand why some historians (including friends I know and love) choose to study certain...

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LaTeX Q&A: part 2

This is a continuation of the previous LaTeX Question and Answer post by Richard Gunning (RG) and Tiia Sahrakorpi (TS). Here we probe the problems and best practises of LaTeX to writing a PhD dissertation. TS: ShareLatex has a huge number of dissertation templates–there is one for UCL, Cambridge, Oxford...

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A Journey Through Bosnia’s Unwanted Past

Tim Butcher, in a travelogue of his journey through Bosnia in the footsteps of the famed assassin Gabrilo Princip, writes ‘History teaches us that it is on the margins that the greatest change often happens.’  Bosnia and Herzegovina, to use its elongated title, is in many senses located on the...

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Three ways historians can use LaTeX

As we have previously written about how historians may go about using LaTeX, today our focus is on the stumbling stones and problems historians may have with using the software. Richard Gunning (RG) and Tiia Sahrakorpi (TS) probe the problems and best practises of LaTeX to writing a PhD dissertation....