A series of six public lectures on current issues raised by the study of the past
Chair: Daniel Snowman
5 October 2016: Rhodes statue and Beyond: How far can/should history be re-written in accordance with current values? History and the pros and cons of ‘apology’. Are there things about the past that it is not acceptable to mention (or research)? Panel: Martin Daunton, Margot Finn, Jinty Nelson & David Starkey
2 November 2016: History and Change: Is history necessarily the story of ‘change’? Who/what makes things change? The role of ‘Great men/women’ - and other factors? Panel: Margaret MacMillan, Rana Mitter, Andrew Roberts & Gareth Stedman Jones
7 December 2016: The Focus of History: Much history is national history. But should ‘history’ focus on the nation? Or the locality - or maybe the wider world? Or on ‘things’? And should it have a short, precisely defined temporal focus - or a longer durée? Panel: Maxine Berg, Jerry Brotton, Richard Drayton & Chris Wickham
11 January 2017: Lessons from the Past: Does history ‘repeat itself’? What kind of ‘lessons’ can we learn from history? ‘Counterfactual’ history: could the past have been different? Panel: Jeremy Black, Taylor Downing, Ian Mortimer & Lucy Riall
8 February 2017: History and Religion(s): What role has religion played in the unfolding of history? Has it provided a fundamental motivating force? Or has religion primarily reflected deeper socioeconomic trends and priorities? Panel: Felicity Heal, Diarmaid MacCulloch, Miri Rubin & Brian Young
9 March 2017: The Future of the Past: How will future historians judge today’s historiography? What do we over-emphasise (or under-emphasise)? ‘Big’ History, ‘big’ data: how is ‘history’ changing in the digital age? Panel: Caroline Barron, Anne Curry, Charlotte Roueché & Jane Winters
Advanced registration for this lecture series is required.
Tickets are £5 per session or £25 for all 6 sessions.