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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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AHR author Andrew Denning speaks with historian Alyssa Sepinwall about historical video games and gaming history. Sepinwall is the author of the forthcoming book Slave Revolt on Screen: The Haitian Revolution in Film and Video Games. Denning’s AHR article, “Deep Play? Video Games and the Historical Imaginary,” appears in the March 2021 issue along with a cluster of reviews on the video game series “Assassin's Creed.”

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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.”