Why be a Historian? Studying History Now: 21 January 2014

Date: Tuesday 21 January 2014
Time: 5-7pm
Location: SCR Arts II, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Campus (see map here)

The year 2013 was a dramatic period for the study of History. Planned school curriculum changes provoked widespread outcry from academics and inspired a lively public debate. At the heart of this debate was the question ‘what is History for?’ a question that must be quickly followed by ‘who is History for?’.

This symposium seeks to bring together researchers to discuss the particular challenges and opportunities of historical research and to engage with this wider debate about the responsibilities of the historian. It is organized by members of the Raphael Samuel History Centre and hosted by the Historical Research Forum at Queen Mary University of London, and will take place on 21st January 2014.

The event will be opened by Professor Barbara Taylor, of Queen Mary University of London and the Raphael Samuel History Centre (RSHC), who will place the symposium in the context of the aims of the RSHC. This will be followed by brief remarks by doctoral candidates from Queen Mary and Birkbeck on the social and historical concerns that inform their research. The discussion will then be opened to the floor before a wine reception.

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