The research blog: A new tool for writing history of the present-time

Digital experiments
By Malika Rahal

This article analyses the experience of research-blogging by focusing on Textures of Time, a history blog hosted on the Hypothèses platform since 2012 and dealing with present-time Algeria. The article aims to characterise the style of writing developed on this blog to compare it with more traditional forms of history writing. It describes circulation of texts from one media format to the other, from blog to academic journal or to the press, as well as circulations of texts between blogs and social media (before or after online publication of blog posts). While blogging transforms relations between historians and witnesses, it also allows for broader circulations of scientific research reaching a different readership, thus supporting the ambition of a present-time history that aims at becoming global.

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