Session 8: The elephant in the room - Ignored histories
History Matters Series
Historians actively choose their research topics and methodological approaches, shaping the histories presented to the public. In this final session of History Matters we consider the subjects that often get ignored or sidelined in history. History practitioners will unpack why some subjects are not as popular for research: available sources, cultural assumptions, methodological biases, historiographical trends, presentation formats, and the influence of commissioning bodies and grants. How many elephants will we find in the room?
Public history shapes our communities’ understandings of the past. This series will explore the issues that stimulate and bedevil the work of public historians. This seminar series aims to encourage a more reflective approach to the practice of history and create conversations across a diverse cohort of practitioners. Professionals, scholars, students and those with a long-standing interest in public history all welcome.
Presented by Professional Historians Association (NSW & ACT) and Oral History NSW.