This article examines the reasoning, methodology, and implementation of the 1821 Greek Revolution Observatory, an archive documenting the bicentenary of the revolution. The piece showcases the various aspects of academic and public history involved in the archive’s creation, pointing out the many ways that public history records various versions of the national self. The work also demonstrates the pioneering nature of the archive in terms of the interconnectivity of historical narratives and digital ethnography. Moreover, it displays the ways in which the archive’s digital structure will facilitate key practices and usages by historians, artists, researchers, journalists, anthropologists, and others interested in historical culture.
History, Historical Culture, and 1821: Creating a Digital Archive of Public History in the Twenty-First Century
Athena Syriatou is associate professor of Modern and Contemporary European History and Director of the Modern and Contemporary History Workshop at the History and Ethnology Department at Democritus University of Thrace. She holds a PhD from University College London (1997). She has taught European and British History at University College London, University of Crete, University of Athens, and the Hellenic Open University since 1999. She has worked as a researcher at the German Historical Museum in Berlin. Her research interests concentrate on issues concerning social and cultural history of modern Europe (and especially modern Britain), issues on the uses of memory and public history, nationalism and education, colonial and postcolonial history, as well as historiography. Currently, she is the scientific director of the project 1821 Greek Revolution Observatory.
Elias Stouraitis holds a PhD in Digital History from the Ionian University in Greece. He completed his undergraduate studies in history and archaeology at the University of Athens, where he also undertook a master’s in modern Greek history. He has worked as a research project manager in national and European projects and at the University of Athens in history, education, culture, and new technologies. He was awarded a grant by the Japanese Nippon Foundation SYLFF (Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund) for his innovative and strategic abilities in research leadership and is a Graduate Scholar Awardee of the Common Ground Learner Research Network for his experienced skills in education. His main research interests are digital history, historical culture, digital games, and educational software design.
Kyriakos Sgouropoulos is a graduate of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the Democritus University of Thrace, earning his bachelor’s in 2002, master’s in 2005, and PhD in 2014 for this thesis on “Development of Techniques for Vision Based Hand Gesture Recognition.” Since 2017, he has been a member of the Laboratory teaching staff at the Department of History and Ethnology of the Democritus University of Thrace. He has also taught in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, in the School of Pedagogical and Technological Education, and in the National Centre for Public Administration.
Athena Syriatou, Elias Stouraitis, Kyriakos Sgouropoulos; History, Historical Culture, and 1821: Creating a Digital Archive of Public History in the Twenty-First Century. The Public Historian 1 November 2023; 45 (4): 47–62. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2023.45.4.47
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