Contested Pasts: History in the Public Sphere (HISM037)
It is no longer possible, as it may have been in the past, for the academic to remain locked within any kind of ivory tower. On the one hand, there is a rapidly growing appetite for history among the general public. On the other, the government increasingly demands that academics demonstrate the broader ‘impact’ of their research. But the presentation of history publicly does not come without its challenges. This module will examine the nature of public history and the wide variety of ways that it is presented and created, from heritage sites and exhibitions to digital sources, film and fiction. We will explore the politics and practicalities of representing history in these spheres.