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The Emotions of Family History
With Tanya Evans
Family history links the past to the present in powerful ways. This talk highlights research with genealogical communities in Australia, England and Canada. It questions the gendering of genealogists to reveal links between feminism and family history, showing the complex ways in which family historians evoke emotions when talking about their motivations and the impact of their research on their lives.
Does family history have different emotional consequences in varied national contexts? What are the social and political consequences of these emotional encounters with the past?
Tanya Evans is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Modern History at Macquarie University in Sydney.