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The Centre for History and Public Pasts is a hub for activities that promote scholarly research and research-led teaching in the field of the philosophy of history.

Specifically, it encourages and facilitates research activities that orient philosophical discussion of historical practices towards questions of ethics and social solidarity. To this extent its principal, but not exclusive, research agenda is to explore the theoretical dimensions and practical implications of the idea that the future of historical practices (broadly defined) may lie in their potential to encourage debate on issues of ethical and political relevance.

The Centre encourages and facilitates work across disciplinary boundaries, and with individuals and institutions outside the higher education sector, that critically explore the ideological dimensions and uses of histories. It encourages research that investigates the potential for reorienting historical practices towards the production of histories that seek to inspire wider ethical discussions about what we value, how we want to live and in what forms of social organisation. 

The Centre organises a variety of conferences, workshops and seminars, publishes research papers, edited collections of essays, monographs and readers, as well as providing a base for the study of the philosophy of history at undergraduate and postgraduate level.