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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, 31 January      5 p.m.   Venue: Knox Shaw, Sidney Sussex College

History on Apps                        

Panel session  with

Ben Leibowitz, New Entrepreneur Foundation Fellow, developing a crowd-sourced, geo-locational history app, Passed;

Rachel Sinfield, Head of Communications & Engagement, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge


Wed, 21 February    5 p.m.     Venue: Old Library, Sidney Sussex College Oral

History: What can and cannot be said in public

Panel session with  

Bridget Kendall MBE, Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge, formerly BBC diplomatic correspondent & author of BBC4’s oral history, Cold War: Stories of the Big Freeze (2017);

Sarah Gudgin, formerly Curator of Oral History and Contemporary Collecting at the Museum of London (2003-2013)


Tues, 6 March    6.15 p.m.   Venue: Old Library, Sidney Sussex College

Painful Pasts: History and Activism

Panel session with 

Prof Roma Sendyka (Jagiellonian University, Krakow), Head of Research Center for Memory Cultures, on KL Plaszow (of Schindler’s List fame);

Prof Marko Attila Hoare (Kingston University), historian of Yugoslavia & the modern Balkans, formerly war crimes investigator;

Christos Konstantopoulos (Sidney Sussex College), historian of commemoration of 1945 Meligalas massacre


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

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



Lent Term 2018 programme - print version


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