Method or Madness? History and its Disparate Approaches

Association for History and Computing UK 2005 Conference

12 November 2005
CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge

View of surface with approximate silhouettes generated with the tessellated mesh method - Amy Gooch, Masters Thesis, University of Utah, 1998

Convenor: Ian Anderson (University of Glasgow)

A one-day interdisciplinary conference that brings together scholars from history and related disciplines to explore the applicability of a range of innovative computer assisted methods and applications to historical research.

Compared to their colleagues in related disciplines such as archaeology and the social sciences historians have been slow to adopt computer-assisted methods. As historians increasingly use diverse approaches and challenging sources this is an opportune time to reconsider the potential of recent research and developments to provide new insights and understanding.

Conference Programme

Conference abstracts are available here.

Saturday 12 November

08.45-09.15 Registration
09.15-09.30 Welcome
09.30-10.45 Session One

Abductive Reasoning, A-Life, and the Historian's Craft: One Scenario for the future of History and Computing
Dr John Bonnett (Tier II Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities, Department of History, Brock University)

Multiple Recapture Methods and Historical Sources: New Methods, Models and Applications
Dr Gidon Cohen (Politics Division, School of Arts & Social Sciences University of Northumbria (University of Durham from September 2005))

Reading the Readers: Modelling Complex Humanities Processes to Build Assistive Computational Tools
Dr Melissa Terras (School of Library, Archive and Information Studies, University College London)
10.45-11.15 Coffee
11.15-12.30 Session Two

The Cecils Meet NVivo: Using Computer-aided Qualitative Data Analysis Software in the Study of Early Modern Medical History
Jeung Lee (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Statistical Analysis of Historical Conflicts: The ICB Project
Glen Segell, Institute of Security Policy

Computational 'Polichart' Cartography for Visualization of Historical GIS Patterns and Processes
Prof Claudio Cioffi-Revilla (Center for Social Complexity, George Mason University)
12.30-13.45 Lunch
(AHC-UK AGM 13.00-13.45)
13.45-15.00 Session Three

"The Medieval Settlement at Onley, Northamptonshire: an evaluation of the process of formation and desertion of the medieval settlement"
Grenville Hatton

Weblogs and Podcasts in Historical Research
Jo Ann Oravec (Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin)

Can hypertext be used to introduce new forms of pedagogy for history scholars?
Andy White (Centre for Media Research, School of Media and Performing Arts, University of Ulster Coleraine)
15.00-15.30 Coffee
15.30-16.45 Session Four

Data Warehousing and Multi-Media Historical Data Repositories
J. Delve (History of Computing Group, School of Computing, University of Portsmouth) and R. G. Healey (Dept. of Geography/School of Computing, University of Portsmouth)

Computer-aided Construction of a Dictionary: Expected and Unexpected Benefits
Nancy Cox and Karin Dannehl (The Dictionary Project, University of Wolverhampton)
16.45-17.00 Summing Up


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