Two months ago the controversial and highly influential historical theorist Hayden White passed away. While his work has principally been debated in historical theory circles, his final work suggests ‘practical’ possibilities for public history
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Paradoxically, relativity or relativism is often presented in an absolutist manner, as the proposition that nothing is true, and as a credo in which all is to be doubted apart from doubt itself….
Leaps, travels, concepts, histories, and layers of time – the so-called Temporal Turn reminds us, at least, of the non-naturality of our everyday time practices. Which consequences result from that for history teaching and our research questions?
For Western historiography and with it the descriptive parts of history textbooks have to be sine ira et studio nowadays. Value neutrality is a necessary prerequisite for history as a science.
How shall we articulate a concept of plausibility of historical narratives as a way to assess their adequacy? Jörn Rüsen offers a starting point with his definition of ‘Triftigkeit’.
“Dear teacher, now just tell us how it really happened!” This question that students may ask makes us hesitate. How should we, teachers and historians, deal with objectivity, reality and truth?
Pedagogías del Sur: The discussion topics in the field of research in teaching history are the hierarchic historiography-teaching relation; the definition of the epistemology of historical…
All history is narrative to one degree or another, as Danto has shown, and those who disdain narrative usually end-up telling stories, nonetheless, in their historical writing. We all live narrative projects…