Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FM0493 (AF:338881 AR:190892)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
3rd Term
Course year
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The student may choose the course The “Historical Data Analysis and Archival Sciences” as a 6 CFU module or as a part of the module "Data analysis, digital manuscript and archival studies". It offers students of the master's degree in "Digital and Public Humanities" an in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of analyzing the content of serial archival documents.
On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
• describe key theoretical and conceptual archival vs. record content frameworks;
• identify basic archival series’ typologies, their content structures and their features;
• analyze different archival architectures and their formation;
• situate the historical record production within the broader context of European archival practice.
• distinguish between a simple database and a relational one.
The course does not require any particular preparation.
The course sets out key theories of archival architecture confronting classical approaches to record context (the historical method) with contemporary research methods regarding record content. It aims to identify content typologies for each record series, the series’ basic data units, track the logical data structure and link on a meta-content level recurrent key-signifiers while eluding their record topography. The module will likewise illustrate the difference between archival record architecture and content record architecture underlying at the basis of a new digital humanities approach to archival sciences.
The Historian's Macroscope: Big Digital History. An experiment in writing in public, one page at a time, by S. Graham, I. Milligan, & S. Weingart
Analysis of the content of an archival typology according to the method learned in the course
Frontal lesson and class laboratories with groups (2-3 students each)
The project work’s theme theme is to be decided with the teacher at a students’ reception (either in presence or via GoogleMeet, but not by mail or by phone). The request to prepare a project work is accepted until June 30 for the current academic year. After this date, the request will refer to the following academic year.
It is reaffirmed that the project work is in fact the final exam. Therefore, students are required NOT to present themselves on the exam date published on the web. This date is valid for the delivery of the project work via mail. The tutor reserves the right to summon the student if she finds it necessary to discuss the paper.
Reception hours: Monday 11am-1pm in the Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Palazzo Malcanton Marcorà (but students are asked to check the "avvisi" section on the tutor's webpage to see whether the reception hour has not changed).
*COVID 19 EMERGENCY - in case the emergency persists and the impossibility of the teacher and students to be present at Malcanton Marcorà, the students are asked to contact the teacher for a reception through GoogleMeet.
Ca’ Foscari abides by Italian Law (Law 17/1999; Law 170/2010) regarding support services and accommodation available to students with disabilities. This includes students with mobility, visual, hearing and other disabilities (Law 17/1999), and specific learning impairments (Law 170/2010). If you have a disability or impairment that requires accommodations (i.e., alternate testing, readers, note takers or interpreters) please contact the Disability and Accessibility Offices in Student Services: disabilita@unive.it
Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 22/02/2021