Using survey data and oral history interviews this lecture will reveal some of the ways in which historical research and communication about the past provides ‘ordinary’ people with social, emotional and cultural capital – how it has transformed them, their lives and the lives of those around them. Family history researchers are sometimes dismissed by the academy for their amateurism and they are also criticised for seeking emotional connections with the past lives of their forebears. I want to suggest that these criticisms are linked. The derision still sometimes shown towards genealogists needs to be challenged and the practice of family history better understood because it has an enormous impact on historical consciousness and individual subjectivities.
|Date||Tuesday, 14 November 2017|
|Time||5:30pm - 6:30pm|
|Department||History & Art History|
|Location||Moot Court, 10th Floor, Richardson Building|
|Contact Name||Angela Wanhalla|