Historische methoden: Public History

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode LGX213M05
Vaknaam Historische methoden: Public History
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a
(dit vak wordt ook buiten deze periode aangeboden; zie opmerkingen)
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Historische methoden: Public History
Leerdoelen 1. evaluate the role of historiography in public history, heritage institutions and media;
(learning outcomes of the degree programme: 2, 5)

2. review concepts, theories and methods on the basis of its relevance for public
historians; (2, 5)

3. review an (online) exhibition and a documentary on a historical topic according to
provided assessment criteria; (5, 7)

4. explain how historians can contribute to the making of and the reflection on public history and heritage practices, such as exhibitions, historical film and television documentaries; (5, 7, 10)

5. create an appealing, public-friendly, yet sophisticated narrative out of non-textual, i.e. (audio)visual, material, representations of the past; (6, 10)

6. make an exhibition plan, or a scenario for a documentary, based on a solid historical analysis of a relevant topic; (4, 6, 10)

7. cooperate with other students in the seminar to work towards a shared goal of popular science communication, with integrity, and to disseminate historical knowledge
Omschrijving In this course, students will learn how historical research can be presented to a wide audience in various different contexts, such as museum exhibitions, or by means of documentaries and other media. An important part of the seminar is the reflection on and evaluation of existing documentaries, museums and exhibitions. Furthermore, under the guidance of lecturers and guest lecturers, students will learn how to improve their audience-oriented writing skills and to create appealing “storylines” based on rigorous historical research of textual, audio-visual and material traces of the past. Individually and in groups, students will explore various interactive ways to present the storylines for an exhibition or documentary. The latter can take the shape of, for instance, a podcast or video essay.

Besides these more practical aspects, this seminar will also revolve around the theme “contested heritage”, with the current “new” iconoclasm, directed towards statues of controversial historical figures, as the prime example. This particular case study will allow for critical reflection on the ideological, political, economic, and scholarly ramifications of contested history, as well as the role public historians can play in these complex dynamics.
Uren per week variabel
Onderwijsvorm werkcollege
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. T. Slootweg
Docent(en) J.G. Kennaway, PhD. ,dr. T. Slootweg
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Course units for exchange students 4 semester I a keuze
Ma Geschiedenis  ( History and Heritage Consultancy) 1 semester II keuze
Ma Geschiedenis  ( History and Heritage Consultancy) 1 semester I a verplicht