"Interdisciplinary Public History" - Kevin Murphy Grad Seminar

Professor Kevin Murphy will be offering a new graduate seminar on "Interdisciplinary Public History" in the spring 2010 semester. This seminar examines the variety of ways that "public history" is produced both within and outside the academy and explores interdisciplinary approaches to the critical analysis of public history projects and historical memory. Students will work collaboratively to produce works of public scholarship.

"Interdisciplinary Public History" - Kevin Murphy Grad Seminar

Topics in US History: Interdisciplinary Public History (HIST8910)
Spring 2010
Professor Kevin P. Murphy (kpmurphy@umn.edu)
Wednesdays, 1:25 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

This seminar examines the variety of ways that "public history" is produced both within and outside the academy and explores interdisciplinary approaches to the critical analysis of public history projects and historical memory. Students will discuss recent scholarship by historians, communication studies scholars, and cultural studies scholars, among others (below is a partial and tentative list of texts), and will also work collaboratively to develop public history projects based on primary research.

The final syllabus for this course will be developed collaboratively with students. Please notify the instructor (kpmurphy@umn.edu) of your interest in this course so that you might be included in this process.

More information about this seminar can be found in an essay written collaboratively by graduate students who enrolled the last time it was offered: Lisa Blee, et al, "Engaging with Public Engagement: Public History and Graduate Pedagogy," Radical History Review 2008 (102):73-89.

Lisa Maya Knauer and Daniel J. Walkowitz, Contested Histories in Public Space: Memory, Race, and Nation (Duke, 2009).

Marita Sturken, Tourists of History: Memory, Kitsch, and Consumerism from Oklahoma City to Ground Zero (Duke, 2007)

Michael A. Elliott, Custerology: The Enduring Legacy of the Indian Wars and George Armstrong Custer (Chicago, 2007).

Anne Cvetkovich, "In the Archives of Lesbian Feelings: Documentary and Public Culture," Camera Obscura 49(2002), Volume 17, Number 1.

Annie E. Coombes, History after Apartheid: Visual Culture and Public Memory in a Democratic South Africa (Duke, 2003).

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