Past Seminars

9780415472364Round-table Discussion on the Future of Historical Narratives

Date: Thursday 11th December 2014
Venue: Senior Common Room, St Mary’s University

“What is really excellent about historians’ historical representations is that they always fail. There is no possibility that any historicization of ‘the past’ can ever be literally true, objective, fair, non-figural, non-positioned and so on, all of which opens up that which has happened ‘before now’ to interminable readings and rereadings. I want to argue […] that this professed ability to secure what are effectively interpretive closures – the continuing raison d’etre of the professional historian in even these pluralist days despite sometime protestations – is not only logically impossible but also ethically, morally and politically desirable. […] The best (and perhaps the only) reason I can think of for saying that we might still need to have refigured histories that are simultaneously reflexive and emancipator is that they may help to prise open the mental strait-jacket of modernist historical thinking for the benefit of those who have not yet managed to get out of it.” Keith Jenkins, “On disobedient histories,” At the Limits of History, (2009) 150-1.

Historical narratives or historicisations have repeatedly failed to fulfill the roles assigned to them by the history profession and society in terms of their purported claims to truth, objectivity and fairness. So then, what explains their ongoing and ceaseless proliferation and circulation in contemporary academic and public cultures? What value is to be gained in society and academia from perpetuating such a redundant mode of historicisation?

Berber and AntonHistory, Ethics Justice

Date: Tuesday 7th October 2014
Venue: Senior Common Room, St Mary’s University

Review coming soon

An Afternoon of Arendt and Cake

Date: Tuesday 6th May 2014
Venue: Senior Common Room, St Mary’s University

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helena-hammondDance as Historical Discourse: Forsythe, Foucault, Brecht, and the BBC

Date: Wednesday 28th January 2014
Venue: St Mary’s University

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marnie-hughes-warrington-boxProf Marnie Hughes-Warrington: ‘History as Wonder’

Date: Thursday 12th September 2013
Venue: St Mary’s University

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