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Centre for Philosophy of History Research Seminar

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Adventures of a Postmodern Historian: Living and Writing the Past

Unfortunately this has now been cancelled because of poor health

Speaker: Robert Rosenstone (Professor of History Emeritus at the California Institute of Technology) Abstract: In this presentation I will essentially present the argument of my own newest publication, Adventures of a Postmodern Historian: Living and Writing the Past. This means I will discuss my evolving historiographical development over the last fifty plus years, and will do so in relation to the wider cultural environment, changing notions of the “historical,” and my own life experiences undertaking research in Franco Spain, the Soviet Union, Japan, and Hollywood. I plan to illustrate and evoke some of these experiences and larger cultural shifts with brief readings from my new book, which itself incorporates some of my previous historical writings. The larger point is not just to show how the historian is inevitably a creature of the times, but to more specifically suggest how notions of what we consider to be “history” can and have changed significantly in the last half century, and how those macro changes can strongly impact the micro level of the individual historian. Please email mark.donnelly@stmarys.ac.uk or claire.norton@stmarys.ac.uk for further information.

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