Monday, September 20, 2010

The big questions of history

What are the intellectual and ethical responsibilities of historians? What different futures can be imagined when hidden episodes of the past are revealed? What is memory and how has it been made and re-made over time? What role does forgetting play in remembering? How do historic sites work -- and how do they not work -- to commemorate a place, a person, or an event? How do people make history? How does history make people? How have people resisted, joined together, and won? And what impact does place have on who we are, on what we do, and on what we dream?
Damned if I know. But these are the questions to be resolved at the Canadian Historical Association's AGM in Fredericton next spring. And they are looking for contributors. Details here.
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