Whose history is it anyway? ‘Public’ history in perspective

5-6 September 2013, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK

Keynote address: Hilda Kean

Conference Website Link (Further details): http://www.uclan.ac.uk/information/services/fm/services/conferences/uclan/whose_history_anyway.php

This is a multi-disciplinary conference aimed at a wide range of history and heritage practitioners making no distinction between professionals and non-professionals. Papers are thus invited from academic historians, those working or volunteering in the museum, heritage and archives sectors, those working in the media, film makers, funding bodies, policy makers, publishers, along with family, local and community historians.

This conference will explore issues of public engagement in history, the role of professionals in mediating knowledge of history, the role of institutions in interpreting and communicating knowledge and perspectives, and the role that society and the public have in preserving, mediating, creating and communicating their own histories. It is also concerned to explore issues of policy and funding for history research, education, conservation and dissemination.

Alongside general thematic papers, papers exploring issues through specific and focussed case studies are also welcome. Suggested themes include:

Family/community history and heritage

  • Public history and personal identity
  • Self as history
  • Family history
  • Online historical communities

Institutionalised history and heritage

  • Institutionalised and non-institutionalised history
  • History and the documentary record: accessions and archival challenges
  • History, artefacts and collections: museums and heritage as public history

History, heritage, politics and funding

  • The politics of public history
  • Public policy and public history
  • Volunteering, charities and public history

History, heritage and class

  • Public history, commemoration and class
  • History and cultural legacies
  • History and popular culture, popular culture as history (religion, sport, music, film etc.)

Presenting history and heritage

  • The mediation of history
  • Public history online and on television
  • History, heritage and visual culture

Proposals are invited for single papers or panels. For a single paper please submit up to 250 words along with a short biographical note, your organisation (if any) and contact details. Prospective panel organisers should submit up to 500 words along with a short biographical note and contact details for each speaker. Work may subsequently be considered for publication.

The deadline for the submission of proposals is 31st January, 2013. Proposals, or enquiries relating to these, should be sent to the following email address: [email protected]