TM1 Workshop: New Roles of professional historians in politics and new forms of public use of history; 3-4 March 2020

3 and 4 March 2020

Workshop Organisers: TM1 (Lutz Raphael and Berber Bevernage)

Venue: Seminar Room, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi


It brings together an international group of historians and other scholars to discuss new and old forms of public use of history and the new roles of professional historians and the discipline in general. The workshop will discuss how historiography is dealing with the legacies of colonialism (section 1 dealing with cases from Japan, New Zealand and India), how discourses of legitimation frame and inform historical narratives (section 2) and how law is regulating the use of history and what roles historians play as experts in courts and trials. (section 3). Encompassing all these case studies are debates about new and old problems of defining and defending professional standards of historical facts and critical truth claims in public disputes against political manipulation and in competition with other cultural or moral claims of group identity and memory.

Participants: Bain Attwood(  Monash University ), Berber Bevernage (University of Gent), Federico Finchelstein (New School of Social Research New York); Andreas Gestrich (University of Trier)  Nikolay Koposov (Emory University ); Sachiko Kubota (Kobe University) Pieter Lagrou  (Université Libre de Bruxelles ), Vladimir Petrovic ( Boston University and Institute for contemporary History Belgrad) Ilaria Porciani.( University of Bologna); Lutz Raphael (University of Trier); Kanad Sinha (Sanskrit College and University, Kolkata)) Veronica Tozzi (University of Buenos Aires), Jacob Tanner ( University of Zürich), Benjamin Zachariah (University of Trier).

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