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The Belfast Project: oral history’s chance to grow up

Students of either Irish or oral history are probably already aware of the controversy and rancour surrounding the Boston College oral history project investigating the Northern Irish Troubles. The affair has been simmering in the media for over three years, with new details regularly emerging of the mistakes made by...

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The Repressed Always Returns: Trauma, Body, and Recovery

Dominik Lacapra, an intellectual historian, has written extensively on the representation of trauma in the Holocaust and in historical writing.  While trauma is often conceived as a psychological experience, this article, by revoking the term coined by Freud, intends to draw readers’ attention to body memory, especially the abuse of...

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Coding for Historians

Historians spend hours and hours in front of computer screens and paper sources from other centuries trying to create a cohesive narrative. Mostly we use Microsoft Word to write down our ideas and browse the internet for information. But our computers can offer us way more than that. We may not...

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Public engagement through blogging: a historian’s guide

Blogging: why blog? It has become increasingly easy, but also increasingly important for academics to get their written word distributed to a wide audience. Getting your written work read is is a means of improving your intellectual standing among your peers, a way of improving your writing and your job application....

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An interview with Liam Hogan (@Limerick1914)

Encountering and Refuting Misrepresentations of the Past Online, an interview with Liam Hogan With the advent of social media, sharing, discussing and absorbing historical knowledge has become easier than ever before. Conversely, the internet has incubated new ways to misrepresent the past and facilitated the wide dissemination of historical narratives...

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An Introduction to Markdown

A constant challenge for early career researchers and seasoned academics alike is the need to develop more efficient academic writing habits. Experimenting with new software and writing tools is a central part of this process, with plain text writing methods becoming increasingly popular. It is possible, however, for such experimentation...

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Chinese Historical Television Show Censorship in Social Media

In recent months, the historical television drama The Empress of China (武媚娘傳奇) has gained popularity in mainland China. The series tells the story of the only empress in Chinese history as well as her male concubines whom she acquired in her later reign. What makes the TV series a heated...