Research centres and organisations
Centre for Design History (CDH), University of Brighton
CDH applies a cross-disciplinary perspective to understand how design in all its forms has shaped things, spaces and actions across time. The centre’s approach extends to other arts and humanities, the social sciences, engineering, health, and community engagement. CDH contributes to an expanded field of design history that embraces the conjunction of professional and non-professional practices; digital and analogue artefacts; the de-centring of design practice away from singular object to complex ecologies, objects and systems, and the embedding of design thinking into management and organisational processes.
IFhM (Interdisziplinäre Forschungsstelle für historische Medien) is an interdisciplinary research archive at the University of Erfurt, which collects and analyzes historical media of different kinds, with an emphasis on magazines, movies and movie-related press. The archive’s most recent project is a citizen science platform on the cinema of the former GDR: Kino in der DDR.[Resources to add]
The archives listed below are online, open-access resources that are freely accessible to the research community. Our aim is to compile a comprehensive worldwide list: to add further titles, please contact Future States, providing a short summary of the archive’s holdings.
The digital archive of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, including a comprehensive open-access database of 19th- and 20th-century French magazines and newspapers. Gallica is one of the world’s leading online, free-to-access digital libraries, providing access to a vast archive of printed documents (books, press and magazines) in image and text formats, as well as manuscripts, sound and iconographic documents, maps and plans. The documents selected by the BnF illustrate the French written heritage and its influence in Europe and worldwide. They compose an encyclopaedic and comprehensive resource, representative of major French authors and of the various trends of reflection and research over the centuries.
Illustrated magazines are a rich and aesthetically first-rate source on the history of everyday life, culture, communication, design and photography in the interwar period. Through the DFG-funded digitisation and indexing project Illustrated Magazines of Classical Modernism, ten of the most important German-language magazines of that era, with more than 650 issues, 75,000 printed pages and over 50,000 illustrations, were initially digitised at the SLUB Dresden between 2012 and 2014. Since the end of the project, futher titles have been added to the collection. The archive includes complete or semi-complete runs of: Auto-Magazin, Das Jüdische Magazin, Kokain, Das Kriminal Magazin, Das Leben, Das Magazin, Die Neue Bücherschau, Das Neue Russland, Der Querkopf, Der Querschnitt, Revue des Monats, Roland, Scherl’s Magazin, Tempo, UHU, Ullstein-Berichte. Illustrierte Presse is now hosted by arthistoricum.net.
The web portal Revistas culturales 2.0 is a virtual research environment for all those who are interested in historic hispanophone magazines. While nowadays the interactivity of the Web 2.0 is mostly used to publish contemporary online magazines, Revistas culturales uses this technology to research historic cultural magazines of the modernist and avant-garde periods. Traditional methods of research usually entail discussing one or two titles through intensive close reading; within this project, the researchers try to enrich classical hermeneutical analysis by allowing readers to compare many hispanophone magazines at once in an online environment. On the one hand, Revistas culturales 2.0 gives an insight into projects digitizing hispanophone magazines, on the other hand it seeks to show how this material can be analyzed with new tools and methods provided by the Digital Humanities. Revistas culturales 2.0 allows the viewer to annotate its collection of digitized magazines, which is provided by its co-operation partner Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut – Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin.[Resources to add]
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