The first annual conference of the Centre for Public History
Why Public History?
7-8 December 2017
In Autumn 2017 the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast is launching its new Centre for Public History. An interdisciplinary initiative, the Centre aims to provide a broad approach to the multi-faceted method of public history – in theory, application, and critique. This inaugural annual conference begins that task by seeking to assess the current state of the discipline. It asks a simple but vital question: in an age of ‘fake news’, ‘history wars’, and ‘impact agendas’, what role do scholars and practitioners have in shaping the relationship between the public and the place of the past?
The conference will feature the annual Keith Jeffery Memorial Lecture, to be delivered this year by Professor Jock Phillips. Reflective keynote lectures will also be given by Professor Ludmilla Jordanova (Durham University)and Professor Peter Mandler (University of Cambridge).
Possible themes include:
- Difficult or contentious public histories
- Commemoration and identity
- Film, popular history and memory
- Heritage and regeneration
- Conservation and preservation
- Oral history and public engagement
- Policy – local, national, international
Venue: Queen’s University Belfast.
Registration fee: £15 (to include teas and coffees, a drinks reception, and lunch on Day 2.
Bursaries: A limited number of bursaries of £300, covering the conference fee, travel, and accommodation, are available for postgraduate and ECR (within three years of PhD) who are delivering a paper. Anyone seeking to avail of this should indicate when emailing their abstract.