If populist politicians celebrate the “voice of the people” in defence of often xenophobic nativist agendas, we need to revisit what the “public” in “public history” means. Let’s unpick our terms.
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We are at a crossroads for the spread of public history and we need to consider the possibility that we could all become public historians.
In Europe the number of public history programs is steadily growing. These programs emphasize practical training of their graduates for professional careers in history-related institutions. Do we really need them?
Scientists have workspaces for research and teaching, e.g. laboratories or media platforms. Against the background of public history’s focus on participation and cooperation: where does public history position itself in this ‘question of space’?
Why do public historians speak of the “second and third life of history”? Why is it that the public past and the private one cannot be apart any longer? Why have people become…
One of the many tasks of Public History is to analyze the extensive offerings of products mediating history in the public domain. The question whether the success of such an understanding of Public History could be measurable has not yet been asked very often – not least …
The ‘tyranny of relevance’ is a convenient and popular target for academic historians. Mention the ‘r’ word with a raised eyebrow during a conference coffee break, or condemn instrumentalist research policy at a committee meeting and you are likely to receive murmurs of sympathy.
Of the many variants that terrorism has adopted during the last two and a half centuries, I will focus on terrorism in the 21st century and its relationship to history, especially public history.