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Public and Popular History

What happens when history narratives are produced not for library bookshelves but for a mass audience? Does popularization of history automatically mean dumbing down? Who are the people who make history for the public sphere, and what are their motivations and priorities? The Public & Popular History seminar series brings them together, film makers, journalists, professional historians and museum curators. Through talks, multi-media presentations, panel discussions, and debates the seminar explores the practices and characteristics of public and popular history in the contemporary world.




Wed, 3 May   5 p.m.                    

Showcasing the Russian Revolution 100 years on: What to commemorate?

                                           Panel debate with 

Dr Katya Rogatchevskaia & Dr Susan Reed (British Library), Lead Curators East European Collections & Germanic Studies,

Dr Kristiane Janeke, curator of 1917 exhibition at German Historical Museum, Berlin,

Prof. Stephen Smith (All Souls College, Oxford), author of Russia in Revolution: An Empire in Crisis, 1890 to 1928


Venue: Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex College



Wed, 17 May       5 p.m.     

The past and present of historical pageants

                                     Panel debate with 

Anne-Isabelle Daulon (CEO of ElevenArches), responsible for production of Kynren - An epic tale of England,

Dr Alexander Hutton (King's College, London), Research Associate, "Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants 1905-2016"

 Venue: Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex College




Convenors: Bernhard Fulda (bdf20), David Reynolds (djr17).

 The Seminar is grateful for the generous support of the Trevelyan Fund.


Easter Term 2017 programme - print version


Seminar Programme Archive

Lent Term 2017 programme

 Lent Term 2015

Michaelmas Term 2014

 Lent Term 2014 



New joint degrees start October 2017

Upcoming events

Civil Wars: A History in Ideas. A Colloquium with David Armitage

Jun 26, 2017

Bateman Theatre, Gonville & Caius College

Alternatives to free trade

Jul 08, 2017

JCR TV Room, Sidney Sussex College

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