Roundtable: the Digital in Social Science History - anything new?

Baltic Connections: Conference in Social Science History

Friday 22 March 2019 at 10:30–12:30 (Fabianinkatu 33)

The idea of the roundtable is to discuss how the current digital transformation—as regards the availability and transformation of research data and new forms of research collaboration—is being digested in the field of social sciences. In the panel, scholars from digital humanities and social science history meet and talk about the impact of these processes in their respective fields, discuss their experiences about big data, computer use in their research, and disciplinary identities vis-à-vis the digital—today and in the past. What is the new in the recent “digital turn”, as large datasets have been used in research for decades? Moreover, the panel looks at the differences and common areas between the historical social sciences and the emerging digital humanities. The participants of the roundtable are experienced researchers using (social scientific) historical data in their work, and come from the fields of computer sciences, economics, demographic history, and cultural and economic history.

Chair: Matti La Mela, Aalto University

Commentator: Anne McCants, MIT


Leonid Borodkin, Lomonosov Moscow State University
Eetu Mäkelä, University of Helsinki
Jarmo Peltola, University of Tampere
Mila Oiva, University of Turku
Matti Sarvimäki, Aalto University
Sakari Saaritsa, University of Helsinki