RRSI2011: The Publics of History in a Digital Age
The last decade and a half has seen a dramatic, even revolutionary, shift in the modes of production and distribution of knowledge. Inside and outside the academy, the traditional vehicles for dissemination of research -- journals and, in the last few years, even the book itself -- have been challenged by new technologies (open-access publishing, e-books, blogs). These new forms are putting pressure on the familiar relationship between author and audience, in which knowledge flows unidirectionally from the former to the latter. On the one hand this poses a challenge to the authority of experts and academics; but on the other it both allows us to discover new audiences -- new publics -- for our work, and to engage collaboratively with them in projects which might not have been possible without the assistance of web-based technologies. This workshops explores some of the techniques for collaborative knowledge production that have been used in other fields, from the natural sciences to contemporary history, and asks how they might be applied to the history of the pre-modern Mediterranean.