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Faculty Roundtable

Working with diaries in research

  • Salim Tamari
Friday 30 September 2016
LUCIS scholar Salim Tamari
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
Lipsius 227

On Friday 30 September 2016, LUCIS organizes a faculty roundtable on the use of diaries in research.

“[P]lease read my diary, look through my things and figure me out.” The diary is one of the most insightful primary sources available to researchers. From being a biographer’s primary source for his object of study to being an art historian’s window that sheds light on a work of art, the diary is a valuable tool in various fields of research. However, reading,  contextualizing and interpreting a diary as a source for research comes with its own manual, posing a set of challengers to its user. This roundtable brings together academics from various disciplines to discuss the opportunities and difficulties when working with diaries as source material.

How do you ‘use’ unedited (and therefore sometimes not very accessible) diaries for research? How can various types of diaries be classified? What are the possibilities and limitations of using diaries for research? What difference in approach is there between studying  published diaries and private diaries? During this faculty roundtable, chaired by Petra Sijpesteijn, we will try to answer these questions and more.


Salim Tamari (Institute for Palestine Studies senior fellow and the former director of the IPS-affiliated Institute of Jerusalem Studies)
Other speakers: to be announced

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