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Big and Little Histories: Sizing up the Ethics of Historiography

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Big and Little Histories: Sizing up the Ethics of Historiography

Venue: The Exchange, Twickenham, TW1 1BE
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Part of the Futures of History seminar series at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.

Speaker: Professor Marnie-Hughes Warrington

No two histories are the same size. Some are so tiny that you can nestle them in your hand, others range over many volumes. Some hold us enthralled with split-second events, others stretch our thought by accounting for changes over billions of years.

In this seminar, Professor Hughes-Warrington will argue that the varying scales of histories are a matter of ethics. Sketching out a number of examples, it will be asked whether history is now too big and too small for ideas of ethics focused on the actions of individuals and groups in relation to one another, and for prevailing approaches to ethical clearance and professional codes of conduct.

About the speaker

Marnie Hughes-Warrington is Professor of History at the Australian National University. She has published extensively on philosophy of history and historiography.

Her works include Fifty Key Thinkers on History (now in its third edition), Revisionist Histories (2013), and History as Wonder: Beginning with Historiography (2018).

In 2008 she received the Australian Prime Minister’s Award for University Teacher of the Year. She is also currently National Secretary Rhodes Scholarships Australia.


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