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History and the Internet

History & Policy

Thursday, 1 December 2016 from 09:00 to 13:00 (GMT)

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Come and talk technological revolutions, communications networks, the printing press, Hansard, Big Data now and in the past, challenges and opportunities of the internet for the historian and the archivist, and more. We're hoping for a range of attendees from academic disciplines, professionals and practitioners on both the technological and historical sides, writers and thinkers working with the concept of tech revolution and innovation, and the just plain interested!

A half-day History & Policy conference

The internet is a phenomenon studied from a wide variety of academic disciplinary perspectives, from those of sociology, to political science, to psychology, to philosophy. But there is scope for a more thorough application of historical knowledge in this area. This event will seek to provide an historical perspective in order better to appreciate the significance and implications of the Internet.

A mixture of academic historians and practitioners from institutions such as Parliament and The National Archives will take part.

Speakers confirmed:

Edward Wood, Director of Research, House of Commons Library

Professor Jason Peacey, UCL, Head of the Department of History

Lois Lane, King's College London, Department of History

Dr Nishanth Shastry, King's College London, Department of Informatics

Professor Jane Winters, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, Professor of Digital Humanities 

Anthea Seles, The National Archives


Subjects considered will include:

  • The impact of earlier communications technologies, in particular the printing press;
  • Historical perspectives on big data; and
  • The implications of the internet for the work of historians, archivists and government institutions.


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When & Where

Council Room
King's College London
WC2R 2LS London
United Kingdom

Thursday, 1 December 2016 from 09:00 to 13:00 (GMT)

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History & Policy

H&P is a unique collaboration between King's College London and the University of Cambridge.

We are the only project in the UK providing access to an international network of more than 500 historians with a broad range of expertise. H&P offers a range of resources for historians, policy makers and journalists.

Where tickets are charged, this is to cover the cost of refreshments.

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