A Conversation With a 'Luddite' Who Championed New Scholarly Directions for History

A Departing President Reflects on New Scholarly Directions for History 1

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Anthony T. Grafton, departing president of the American Historical Association, mentions intellectual history, in combination with "a social history of ideas," among fields that have been "transformed by digital-humanities methods and digital archives."

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Princeton U., Office of Communications

Anthony T. Grafton, departing president of the American Historical Association, mentions intellectual history, in combination with "a social history of ideas," among fields that have been "transformed by digital-humanities methods and digital archives."

"The most Luddite person you can imagine" is how Anthony T. Grafton describes himself. But it's in part thanks to Mr. Grafton, a professor of history at Princeton University, that the American Historical Association has finally put digital-humanities scholarship on its agenda.

Mr. Grafton just stepped down as president of the association, after a year of energetic public campaigning to get both the group and the discipline to broaden their horizons.

At the association's