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Title [sv]
Historia på nätet
Title [en]
History online
Abstract [sv]

Postdoc-projektet Historia på nätet undersöker hur historisk kunskap produceras av en historieintresserad allmänhet i historiskt intresserade Facebookgrupper. Projektet har två frågor som sin utgångspunkt: (1) Vilken typ av historisk kunskap produceras av en historieintresserad allmänhet på nätet? (2) Hur produceras, etableras och diskuteras kunskap i dessa digitala sammanhang?

Projektet använder en netnografisk metod för att studera det material en historieintresserad allmänhet själv producerat i Facebookgrupper. Dessa grupper fokuserar på olika typer av populär historia, såsom lokalhistoria, historiska perioder eller historiska stilar, kläder och föremål. Med ett ”historia underifrån”-perspektiv utforskar projektet hur historisk kunskap produceras såväl i förhållande till makrohistoriska händelser och processer som till personliga minnen och berättelser. Härmed fördjupar projektet vår förståelse av historiens och kunskapens roll i det nutida digitaliserade samhället.

Abstract [en]

This postdoc-project explores people’s use of history and their attitudes towards historical knowledge in digital communities. Thus, it contributes to an ongoing international debate on the role of knowledge and history in a digitalized society. Historians have previously been studying history in the digital domain from an interest in how historians themselves can deal with the “big data” provided by the Internet. This project instead uses a “history from below”-perspective and focuses on the ways in which historical knowledge is produced online by a history-interested public. Every day individuals use the Internet not only to search for facts about the past, but also to produce their own historical knowledge. They discuss topics ranging from national and local history, specific historical periods, wars and political history as well as clothes, styles and artefacts from the past.

The project uses Actor-Network-Theory as its theoretical starting point. Thus, the project analyses how historical knowledge is produced through networks of actors from the standpoint that knowledge is situated and processual. A specific focus is directed on how interpretative prerogatives are established in this digital context. To explore the production of historical knowledge a netnographical method is used. This implies that the data to used is produced by the members of digital communities themselves.

The purpose of the project is to investigate the production of historical knowledge in digital communities created by a history-interested public. The main research questions are:

– What kind of historical knowledge is produced in digital communities created by a history-interested public?

– How is historical knowledge produced, discussed and established in these digital communities?

 With its focus on the production of historical knowledge in digital communities the project connects to an ongoing debate on the role of knowledge and history in contemporary society. Hereby it aims to contribute to complex discussions on how the digital revolution affects society, with regards to both individual, cultural and political processes. Furthermore, it will contribute to the research fields studying uses of the past and digital memory by developing new methodological insights as well as analytical results.

Publications (2 of 2) Show all publications
Ekelund, R. (2022). Fascination, nostalgia, and knowledge desire in digital memory culture: Emotions and mood work in retrospective Facebook groups. Memory Studies, 15(5), 1248-1262
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Fascination, nostalgia, and knowledge desire in digital memory culture: Emotions and mood work in retrospective Facebook groups
2022 (English)In: Memory Studies, ISSN 1750-6980, E-ISSN 1750-6999, Vol. 15, no 5, p. 1248-1262Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores how emotions are practised within retrospective Facebook groups and how these practices are shaped by the logics of the interface. Theoretical inspiration is drawn from Ahmed’s discussions on emotions and mood work and the study is based on netnographic fieldwork involving six retrospective Facebook groups. Overall, a positive emotional relationship with the past is practised and the analysis illustrates that three interrelated mood works are found in the groups; fascination, nostalgia and knowledge desire. The analysis of these indicate that Facebook’s interface directs the members towards fragmented interactions which produces a memory culture that is more focused on brief and general, rather than elaborate and specific, accounts of the past. I conclude by discussing how the emotional practices within the retrospective Facebook groups creates a double-edged sword; at the same time as they offer a sense of positive emotional belonging for likeminded members, they also risk producing simplified notions of the past that feeds into retrotopian tendencies of the present.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
SAGE Open, 2022
Keywords
digital memory culture, emotions, Facebook, memory, mood work
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-51462 (URN)10.1177/17506980221094517 (DOI)000798384700001 ()2-s2.0-85130421290 (Scopus ID)
Funder
The Crafoord Foundation, 2493
Available from: 2022-05-13 Created: 2022-05-13 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved
Ekelund, R. (2022). Instant Memories?: Reflections on the Connective Turn and Digital Memory Practices within Retrospective Facebook Groups. In: Joakim Glaser, Julia Håkansson, Martin Lund & Emma Lundin (Ed.), Cross-Sections: Historical Perspectives from Malmö University: [Tvärsnitt: Historiska Perspektiv från Malmö Universitet] (pp. 65-82). Malmö universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Instant Memories?: Reflections on the Connective Turn and Digital Memory Practices within Retrospective Facebook Groups
2022 (English)In: Cross-Sections: Historical Perspectives from Malmö University: [Tvärsnitt: Historiska Perspektiv från Malmö Universitet] / [ed] Joakim Glaser, Julia Håkansson, Martin Lund & Emma Lundin, Malmö universitet, 2022, p. 65-82Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö universitet, 2022
Series
Skrifter med historiska perspektiv, ISSN 1652-2761 ; 28
Keywords
digital memory, Facebook, connective turn, new memory ecology, digital history culture
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-50411 (URN)9789178772513 (ISBN)9789178772520 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-03-03 Created: 2022-03-03 Last updated: 2022-03-03Bibliographically approved
Project OfficerEkelund, Robin
Coordinating organisation
Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS), Department of Society, Culture and Identity (SKI)
Funder
Period
2019-02-01 - 2021-01-31
National Category
History
Identifiers
DiVA, id: project:2493

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