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History & the Public Sphere

February 14th, 2012

Public Uses of History: Expectations and Ambiguities

Submitted by Jacques Revel, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

In 1876, the first issue of the Revue historique was published in Paris. The birth of the journal is commonly seen as a founding moment. History was now defined as a professional discipline, with explicit scientific and more precise methodological requirements, with specific and codified forms of training and a strong sense of academic community. [...]

September 5th, 2011

Historians in Public

Submitted by Thomas Bender, New York University

It is no easy challenge to situate the place and role of academic scholarship into the public sphere. The main reason is that both “academic knowledge” and the “public sphere” have over time taken novel forms and are still being transformed into yet newer forms. And this means that figuring out the place of history [...]

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