Who Owns the Past? Recent Issues, Debates and Controversies’

5 February 2014, 16:15 - 18:15

CRASSH Meeting Room

Booking for this event has now closed. If you are interested in attending please email Michelle Maciejewska.

Roundtable discussion with Humanitas Visiting Professor in War Studies, Margaret MacMillan (Oxford)

Ownership of the past is a hotly contested issue. It’s less than a month into 2014 and there have already been several high profile debates over how and why we should commemorate the centenary of the First World War. The CRASSH postdoc forum is delighted to be hosting a two hour roundtable on the uses and abuses of history in public discourse with Margaret MacMillan, Professor of International History and Warden of St Anthony’s College, Oxford. A short related article will be pre circulated to registered participants a week in advance as a starting point for the session. Please come prepared for lively discussion and a chance to explore the varied public roles and responsibilities of researchers across arts and social sciences. Margaret MacMillan’s publications include Women of the Raj (1988, 2007); Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World (2001); Nixon in China: Six Days that Changed the World (2006); The Uses and Abuses of History (2008); The War that Ended Peace: the Road to 1914 (2013). She contributes regularly to the press, with recent articles on history and public commemoration in the Guardian, Independent and New York Times, and sits on the boards of Canadian think tank the Mosaic Institute, and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

The event is free to attend but places are limited and priority will be given to Postdoctoral Researchers.   Please book your place using the online booking link on this page.

 

For administrative enquiries please contact Michelle Maciejewska.