As digital methods and tools become more prominent in the scholarly historical community and the practice of public history, historians have to learn to use these methods effectively. Northeastern University’s NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, announces a workshop designed to help historians of the military to learn about and use these tools. You can apply to attend this workshop here.

What is this workshop?
This two-day workshop will introduce historians of the military and foreign policy to digital tools and methods, focusing on network analysis and mapping, which are methods particularly suited to the study of the military. Participants will learn about projects that have successfully used these methods, and then they will receive hands-on instruction to help them get started in using these methods themselves.

When and where is it?
The workshop will be held October 10-11, 2014, at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

Who is eligible?
This workshop is designed primarily for historians who are interested in digital methods for their work but lack the training in actually using the tools.
We want to include a broad spectrum of historians whose work relates to the military. Military history, broadly construed, might include (in addition to traditional operational history),

  • History of foreign policy;
  • Veterans’ affairs;
  • General wartime studies;
  • Social history of the military;
  • Cultural history of the military.

Military history has traditionally been a field dominated by white male scholars. But we believe there are many other voices in the field waiting to be heard. To that end, we especially encourage applications from scholars who are women, persons of color, queer/LGBT, or otherwise under-represented in the field of military history. This workshop will be a welcoming and respectful space for collaboration amongst all its participants.

What happens at this workshop?
In the morning of each day, scholars will present their projects, which have successfully integrated digital technologies in a rigorous manner, and discuss how these methods can provide new avenues of inquiry in military history.
In the afternoon, instructors will teach the basics of how to use these digital methods. Because these hands-on instruction sessions are most valuable when the learner has a particular aim, all participants should come with a project idea related to either network analysis or digital mapping.
In the evening, participants can really dig into their project ideas with an informal hack session with the instructors and other scholars who use the tools featured in the workshop.

Who has made this workshop possible?
This workshop is a partnership between the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks at Northeastern University, the NEH’s Office of Digital Humanities, and the Society for Military History.

How much does this workshop cost?
Thanks to generous funding, the workshop is free of charge to attend (though registration is necessary). We also have a limited number of travel stipends available for young scholars.

Whom should I contact for more information?
For more information, please contact Abby Mullen (mullen.ab@husky.neu.edu).