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A Trip down Memory Lane? New Challenges from Other Disciplines
July-September 2008 (vol. 30 no. 3)
pp. 90-92
Janet Delve, University of Portsmouth
This article considers a variety of ways that the history of computing might be enhanced by considering historiographical methods from other disciplines, namely French history and the history of mathematics. The input of the new field of history and memory is a particular focus.

1. There are various branches: see http://www.gla.ac.uk/centres/hcaahc/for the UK and http://www.theaahc.orgmain.htmfor the US.
2. K.O. May "Historiography: A Perspective for Computer Scientists," Academic Press, 1980, pp. 11-18, posthumous paper, based on a talk that May gave in 1977.
3. Ibid., p. 14-15.
4. T. Misa, "Understanding 'How Computing Has Changed the World,'," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 29, no. 4, 2007, pp. 52-63.
5. M. Campbell-Kelly "The History of the History of Computing," 2002; http://www.iee.org/OnComms/pn/HistoryHistoryWk_History_of_Computing.pdf .
6. Ibid., p. 6.
7. T. Misa "Understanding," p. 56.
8. M. Seidman, The Imaginary Revolution, Berghahn Books, 2004.
9. See, for example, K.A. Reader, The May 1968 Events in France: Reproductions and Interpretations, St. Martin's Press, 1993.
10. M. Campbell-Kelly "The History of the History of Computing," p. 5.
11. P. Nora Les Lieux de Mémoire [Realms of Memory], vols. 1-3, Gallimard, 1984-1992.
12. H. Rousso Le Syndrome de Vichy: De 1944 ànos jours [The Vichy Syndrome, from 1944 to Our Time], Editions du Seuil, 1987.
13. P. Nora, "Between Memory and History: Les Lieux de Memoire," Representations, no. 26, 1989, p. 9, (a reprint of the introduction to the first volume).
14. H. Rousso Le Syndrome de Vichy, p. vii.
15. D. Anderson, "Was the Manchester Baby conceived at Bletchley Park?;," http://www.bcs.orgserver.php?show=ConWebDoc.17134 .
16. "Under Abstracts of all papers see abstract pdf 6A, Interpreting information technologies at http://www.bshs.org.uk/bshs/conferences/annual_conference/2007_manchester/."
17. N. Ensmenger, "Power to the People: Toward a Social History of Computing," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 27, no. 1, 2004, pp. 94-96.

Index Terms:
Historiography, memory studies, history of mathematics
Citation:
Janet Delve, "A Trip down Memory Lane? New Challenges from Other Disciplines," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 90-92, July-Sept. 2008, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2008.56
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