Tomorrow's Historian

Rachel's Adventures in Historical Research

Foreword

What is Tomorrow’s Historian?

Postcard from France in 1900 depicted what the year 2000 would look like. Here students learn via electricity.

Postcard from France in 1900 depicting
what the year 2000 would look like.
Here students learn via electricity.

Tomorrow’s Historian is a digital journal that chronicles my progress in historical research.  Created as an ongoing course project, this site has evolved into a space to reflect on current research, blog about living and travelling abroad, and archive past digital projects, including my analyses of readings in the field of digital history, my contributions to the burgeoning “Landscapes of Slavery” project, and my reflections on the monumental landscape of Romania.

Why “Tomorrow’s Historian?”

This blog is titled “Tomorrow’s Historian” as an ode to Daniel J. Cohen and Roy Rozensweig’s book Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Webin which they state that “tomorrow’s historians will glory in a largely digital historical record, which will transform the way they research, present, and even preserve the past.”  History and the digital world are not commonly viewed as symbiotic entities.  As anyone who has ever sat in a history class during a crisis of technology can attest, blank stares, shrugs, and frustration are accepted reactions to technological difficulties among many professors and students of history.  But, historians and history students are increasingly seeking to understand and, even, master the digital world and are adapting digital resources to benefit the field of history.

Who are “Tomorrow’s Historians?”

I believe that the term “Tomorrow’s Historians” applies to all of us who embrace technological innovation and its application to the field of history, while accepting that digitization has its place and its limitations alongside the many benefits that it promises.  I believe that “Tomorrow’s Historians” are a collaborative bunch, who are willing to widely share their knowledge, research, and projects with other academics and the public in order to establish a larger and further engaged audience.  Ultimately, I believe that “Tomorrow’s Historians” will encourage digital contribution to existing scholarship, through publications with increasingly “open access.”

In Conclusion

This site is, effectively, a work in progress.  It will be updated and edited frequently as I conduct research and my projects evolve.  Please bear with me as I endeavor to progress as a student and a scholar in the field of history.

1 Comment

  1. Rachel McKelvey

    January 17, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Congrats Rachel! You are amazing! Please blog about your experience with the Fulbright !

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