In todays’ digital world, the intersection of history and technology has transformed ways in how we perceive, engage with, and disseminate historical narratives. Renowned historian and author, Jason Steinhauer, explores the impact of the digital revolution on historical discourse, shedding light on how social media, online communities, and the democratization of historical information have altered our understanding of the past. He is an author of a book ‘History, Disrupted: How Social Media and the World Wide Web Have Changed the Past.’ This lecture will invite participants to critically examine the challenges, opportunities, and ethical considerations surrounding history in the age of social media, offering valuable insights into the evolving landscape of historical research and communication in the digital era. This lecture will seek to address the following questions:

  • how digital technologies have disrupted traditional historical discourse,
  • how internet has democratized access to historical information and how it empowered individuals to participate in historical discussions,
  • how social media platforms shape historical narratives,
  • how online communities form around historical topics and what is their influence on shaping collective memory,
  • what are the challenges and controversies arising from digital disruptions in history,
  • what is the potential impact of emerging technologies on historical research and communication in the future.

Bio: Jason Steinhauer is a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center in the USA. He is the founder and host of History Club on Clubhouse with more than 100,000 followers, and was the Founding Director of the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University, USA, from 2017 – 2020.  A public historian with over twenty years of experience in major cultural and historical institutions in the US, Steinhauer is the Founder of the History Communication Institute and the creator of the field of History Communication, which examines how history gets communicated on the World Wide Web. He has written for CNN, TIME, The Washington Post, Poynter, Inside Higher Ed, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Foreign Policy Research Institute (where he is a Senior Fellow). He has also delivered lectures overseas on behalf of the US Department of State, created a history podcast for the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, and appeared on C-SPAN’s American History TV.

Join us for an enlightening exploration of how the digital age has reshaped our understanding of history!
Date: October 24, 2023
Time: 15:00 CEST

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