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Sharon Leon Part 1: A Better History of Digital History

AHR Interview

Release Date: 01/15/2020

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In part 2 of this conversation with Michigan State University historian Sharon Leon, we examine the concept of historians as data creators. Among other things, we discuss Leon’s chapter draft “The Peril and Promise of Historians as Data Creators: Perspective, Structure, and the Problem of Representation,” which you can read and comment on at 6floors.org/bracket.

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Michigan State University historian Sharon Leon outlines a fuller and better history of digital history as well as her own journey into this field.

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This episode is the next installment in our series exploring history and the digital world. AHR podcast editor Daniel Story and AHR editor Alex Lichtenstein examine the free and collaborative online U.S. history textbook The American Yawp in a conversation with the project’s co-editors, Ben Wright of the University of Texas at Dallas and Joseph Locke of the University of Houston–Victoria. You can access The American Yawp, as well as explore ways of contributing, at americanyawp.com.

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In this two-part interview, we speak with Michigan State University historian Sharon Leon. Known for her work in American religious history and in digital public history, before moving to MSU Leon spent over a decade at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University where she oversaw numerous award-winning digital projects as well as served as director for the web publishing platform Omeka, a tool whose ongoing development she continues to oversee. Her long list of digital history scholarship includes numerous chapters and articles on topics ranging from digital public history to critiques of the narrative of the field of digital history’s own development.

In part 1 of the conversation, we focus on Leon’s conception of a broader and better history of digital history as well as her own journey into that field. You can read more on this aspect of Leon’s work in the 2018 volume Bodies of Information: Intersectional Feminism and the Digital Humanities in the chapter “Complicating a ‘Great Man’ Narrative of Digital History in the United States.”