Editorial for the special issue dedicated to “The History of Hayden White“.
This special issue of the journal Práticas da História – Journal on Theory, Historiography and Uses of the Past was organised upon hearing news of Hayden White’s death – born in 1928, in the U.S.A., White would live there for most of his life and there he died, on March 2018. Over a period of more than half a century, his interventions were pivotal to ongoing debates on the limits and benefits of History as a discipline, to the extent that it is difficult to tell whether White placed himself in the eye of the storm or his interventions were the storm itself. The way he formulated the question of the literary dimension of history writing, in his monumental 1973 Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-century Europe, was exemplarily provocative. It come a few years after his essay “The burden of history” had tried to persuade historians of the ineluctable moral implications of their practice, regard-less of how much of a semblance of neutrality the embrace of scientific methods seemed to afford them.
Hayden White, Historiography, Metahistory
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Conference that aims to promote discussion around the thematic, epistemological, and methodological intersections of history and history of art as disciplines. Crafting the Past: Materials, Materialities, Materialisms Gestures such as
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Conference that aims to promote discussion around the thematic, epistemological, and methodological intersections of history and history of art as disciplines.
Crafting the Past: Materials, Materialities, Materialisms
Gestures such as the recent toppling of statues portraying slave owners or confederate soldiers in the UK and USA have ushered in public and historiographical debates about the legacies of colonialism as well the role of material culture and visuality in historical memory. Although the study of the past is always situated, not least disciplinarily, such situatedness should be open for productive intersections between history and history of art. For example, can we consider Cecil Rhodes’ statue an autonomous material manifestation without considering how its materiality is placed in history? Can we historicise artistic objects without engaging with the specific contexts of their material production or with the evolving ideological values that shaped the very conception of ‘art’? Can we talk about history as purely discursive when its material consequences are, at the same time, so palpable and so contested, particularly at a time when bodies and cultures are visibly threatened by global, social, economic, environmental, and health-related crises?
This conference aims to promote discussion around the thematic, epistemological, and methodological intersections of history and history of art as disciplines, focusing on their relationship to issues of materiality and ethics.
(Terça-feira) 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Institute of Contemporary History — NOVA FCSH and University of Évora, IN2PAST, and University College London
May 18, 2022
The words historian Fernando Rosas used to describe the ceremony of the 77th anniversary of the liberation of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp.
May 12, 2022
Exhibition curated by Margarida de Magalhães Ramalho and Claude Marx.
May 6, 2022
The new documentary by Ansgar Schaefer and Susana de Sousa Dias premieres today in Portugal.