Die Welt der Kinder: Weltwissen und Weltdeutung in Schul- und Kinderbüchern zwischen 1850 und 1918

This digital humanities project has been conceived as a template for future projects and will examine a period in history characterised by the accelerated generation of knowledge, and by simultaneous globalisation and nationalisation. The project is committed to close collaborations between historians and information scientists in order to secure new academic findings. In trans-disciplinary explorative research, reusable instruments are being developed for the analysis of large (digital) source corpora, which can cope with the semantics of diverse nineteenth century educational media and detect ‘qualitative’ structures. Such techniques, in turn, create new ways of accessing ‘mass’ sources, which mirrored and shaped the contemporary interpretation of the world and elements of cultural memory, but which are all but impenetrable using hermeneutic methods. Diachronous and synchronous analysis will be employed to enable the (trans)formation of knowledge stocks and the meta analysis of the cognitive potential, and boundaries, of digital processes.

In cooperation with:

  • Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI)
  • German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF)
  • University of Hildesheim (link)
  • Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (GCDH) (in German)
  • Bayerische Staatsbibliothek - Bavarian State Library (BSB)
  • Schweizerisches Institut für Kinder- und Jugendmedien (SIKLM) (in German)
  • Institut für Sozialanthropologie und Empirische Kulturwissenschaft (ISEK) (in German)
  • Braunschweig University Library (link)

Project management: Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research

Contact: Prof. Dr. Simone Lässig (laessig[at]gei.de)

Duration: 01.04.2014-31.03.2017

Funding: Leibniz-Association

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