Doing History Online and In Public by Joan Neuberger Millions of tweets and millions of state documents. Intimate oral histories and international radio addresses. Ancient pottery and yesterday’s memes. Historians have access to this immense store of online material for doing research, but what else can we do with it? In Spring 2018, graduate students […]
By Natalie Cincotta Last Thursday, the Polish senate passed a bill that would outlaw public statements that acscribe responsibility or complicity to the Polish nation or state in crimes committed by Nazi Germany during the Second World War. If signed into law by President Anrzej Duda, who supports the measure, using terms like “Polish Death […]
By Ben Weiss In Age of Anger: A History of the Present, acclaimed author and journalist Pankaj Mishra explores what he describes as the tremors of global change. For the past several decades, liberal cosmopolitanism provided a false sense of security after the fall of the Soviet Union. Now, Mishra claims, world schisms have begun […]
Edward Shore considers the implications of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment for the social and environmental rights of of Brazil’s traditional peoples, including three thousand rural black communities descended from fugitive slaves called “quilombos.” He underscores the need for historians to use scholarship for the advancement of social justice. He addresses current threats to the territorial and environmental rights of quilombo communities in São Paulo’s Atlantic Rainforest.
by Mary Neuburger One evening this summer, I found myself careening down a country road at breakneck speed to the town of Studen Izvor on the Bulgarian border with Serbia. Stunning scenery enveloped a string of thinly populated towns, some peppered with socialist-era industrial ruins that somehow added to the charm. Edit, the wife of my […]
My interest in studying historical representations of violence was sparked when I realized that in Colombia, memories about the atrocities of the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s are quite diverse and do not appear in state institutions.
Edward Shore recounts the torture of writer’s block and how a love for doing public scholarship helped him to overcome it. He underscores the need for historians to engage the public and to use scholarship for the advancement of social justice. He recalls his experience doing fieldwork for his dissertation on the history of the Quilombo Movement in the Atlantic Rainforest of southern São Paulo.
This year at Not Even Past, we plan to dig much deeper into the ways that digitization and public accessibility are changing historical research, teaching history, disseminating history online, and training graduate students to become historians.
‘What happens when PhD students from different disciplines explore links between their research and museum collections then share their discoveries with non-university audiences?’
In the contemporary dance theater work Power Goes, which arrives at McCullough Theatre on the campus of the University of Texas on September 16th and 18th, courtesy of Texas Performing Arts, the Briscoe Center for American History, and the LBJ Presidential Library, the Chicago-based dance ensemble, The Seldoms, propose that we can dance our way deeply into the historical past.