Monthly Archives: November 2018

Museums are not neutral…

Museums are not neutral… …and so they present possibilities for change. …and therefore they should reflect the world around them both in staff and content (to become less neutral) …they should take a stance! (Political stance, perhaps?) …they reflect the … Continue reading

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politics, neutrality, and public humanities projects

In considering this week’s prompt I found myself reflecting upon our earlier conversations about objectivity and neutrality. The question of how politics shape the work of public humanists seems to be tied up with the question of whether or not … Continue reading

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On public history activism in Texas: the pushback

An interesting article this morning on Prof. Monica Martinez’s work on getting historical markers to commemorate state-sponsored violence in Texas. Read this before class if you can – a good discussion topic for class.

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In New York on Sunday?

The Henry Street Settlement is having an open house and tours. Led by Katie Vogel, a public humanities MA from two years ago!

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Personal and Professional

When I think of an example where history thriving in popular culture, the first thing that comes to my mind is a South Korean variety show I watched two years ago. At the end of 2016, this show launched a … Continue reading

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The three keys of the history

Are public humanities practitioners same with activists? Where’s the line between activism and PH projects? Maybe the question has already been partly answered by Paul A. Cohen’s book, History in Three Keys: The Boxers as Event, Experience, and Myth. This … Continue reading

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Affective relationships to the past

It was interesting to read Ruth Segel’s See You in the Streets alongside Benjamin Filine’s article on “outsider” history-makers. At times, the two texts seemed in opposiiton. For instance, while Segel insists on “the capacity of people as the experts of … Continue reading

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The “Uncomfortable Tilt”

I’ve been thinking a lot about Ryan’s post and the very generative and provocative question it asks of Ruth Sergel’s See You In The Streets. Ryan’s question—is public humanities work inherently activist/radical—reminded me of a later passage in which Sergel … Continue reading

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Activism as Co-Authorship?

I was very moved by See You in The Streets. More specifically, I thought Sergel’s departure from cinema was a bold and thoughtful move. Eschewing her desire to create a film based on the tragedy and instead inviting volunteers to physically mark … Continue reading

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CFP: “Traversing the Gap: Relevance as a Transformative Force at Sites of Public Memory.”

This conference might be of interest – and some of your short papers would be appropriate to this theme.  We are accepting paper proposals for a conference at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York City, June 2019. The … Continue reading

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