Digital Humanities, Citizen Science and Feminist History: The Promise and Limits of Digital Mapping


  • Marc Calvini-Lefebvre Aix-Marseille Université
  • Lucy Delap University of Cambridge
  • Sarah Richardson University of Glasgow
  • Claire Sorin-Delpuech Aix-Marseille Université


One of the co-editors of this special issue of Histoire sociale/Social History, Marc Calvini-Lefebvre, is currently running a digital mapping project which seeks to crowdsource information about the sites of memory dedicated to the suffrage movement around the world and geolocate them on an open-software map. His initiative is one of many digital mapping projects launched by historians of feminism around the world as a means of spreading knowledge about the feminist past to ever-wider audiences but also of exploring new research questions via the methods of the digital humanities. To discuss the promise and limits of digital mapping, Histoire sociale/Social History invited Lucy Delap (University of Cambridge), Sarah Richardson (then University of Warwick, now University of Glasgow), and Marc Calvini-Lefebvre (Aix-Marseille Université) to participate in a forum chaired by Claire Sorin-Delpuech (Aix-Marseille Université). The conversation was edited by Marc Calvini-Lefebvre.

Author Biographies

Marc Calvini-Lefebvre, Aix-Marseille Université

Marc Calvini-Lefebvre is a lecturer at Aix-Mareille Université.

Lucy Delap, University of Cambridge

Lucy Delap is a Professor of Modern British and Gender History at the University of Cambridge.

Sarah Richardson, University of Glasgow

Sarah Richardson is a Professor at the University of Glasgow.

Claire Sorin-Delpuech, Aix-Marseille Université

Claire Sorin-Delpuech is a lecturer at Aix-Marseille Université.