Sound History and Public History

Sound History und Public History

DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1515/phw-2019-14742

In the last few years, sound history has developed into a lively field of research within the science of history. Its relationship to public history, however, still seems to be undefined. On the one hand, many formats of public history – from television and radio documentaries through exhibitions up to audio walks and history apps – deliberately rely on auditory forms of representing and conveying history. On the other hand, a systematic analysis of the ways in which the auditory here works as a medium of history, however, still lacks. A particular aspect of this auditory mediation of history lies in the relationship to the past into which we are put, the moment we listen to historical voices.

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In the last few years, sound history has developed into a lively field of research within the science of history. Its relationship to public history, however, still seems to be undefined. On the one hand, many formats of public history – from television and radio documentaries through exhibitions up to audio walks and history apps – deliberately rely on auditory forms of representing and conveying history. On the other hand, a systematic analysis of the ways in which the auditory here works as a medium of history, however, still lacks. A particular aspect of this auditory mediation of history lies in the relationship to the past into which we are put, the moment we listen to historical voices.

 

Voices of the 20th Century

“Das tritt nach meiner Kenntnis, … ist das sofort, unverzüglich.” (To my knowledge, this comes into force, … takes place immediately, right away.) This answer reluctantly uttered by Günter Schabowski in the famo…


Categories: 7 (2019) 30
DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1515/phw-2019-14742

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