Digital Childhood. How to Present the Histories of Children in the Digital Age

Workshop am 25. August 2017, Herder-Institut, Vortragssaal

Playing Soviet: The Visual Laguages of Early Soviet Children’s Books, 1919-1953

Dr. Katherine Hill Reischl Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University

The presentation would focus on her digital humanities project "Playing Soviet". This interactive database of children’s book illustrations draws the little-known and rarely-seen Soviet children’s books from the Cotsen Collection at Princeton’s Firestone Library. The featured illustrations have been selected and annotated by a diverse group of scholars and students of Russian and Soviet culture. These annotations make both the Russian text and the visual language of Soviet children's books available to a new reading public. The site’s customizable data visualizations, still under construction, will map relationships among artists, image types, color, style, and publication information.
So her project focuses on the visual language of children's books.

Children and their World. Knowledge of the World, digitised textbooks and the challenges for digital historiography

Prof. Dr. Sandra Maß und Dr. Andreas Weiß: Georg Eckert Institut Braunschweig

The second half of the nineteenth century was a time not only of great social and economic dynamic and upheaval, but also of an expanding knowledge about the world. A great publishing market channelled and transformed this knowledge for young readers – and textbooks were part of this market; there were separate markets for catholic children or female pupil, for example. The presentation focuses on digital tools and web-based platforms developed to find developments in this transformation and to analyse history and geography textbooks under historiographic questions. It will present some of the findings made in the project "children and their world".