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Contemplating Historical Consciousness
Notes from the Field
Edited by Anna Clark and Carla L. Peck
248 pages, 9 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78533-929-5 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (December 2018)
ISBN 978-1-78920-837-5 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (November 2020)
eISBN 978-1-78533-930-1 eBook
“Without any doubt, this expansive volume represents an important contribution to research on historical consciousness. Expert authors, including some new and promising voices, offer a concise overview of the field while developing thought-provoking new ideas.” • Carlos Kölbl, University of Bayreuth
“Clearly written and engaging, Contemplating Historical Consciousness makes new and important contributions to the current conversation on historical consciousness by giving readers a glimpse into the researchers’ thought processes, their conceptual frameworks, the aspirations for their own work, and their hopes for the field.” • Ann Chinnery, Simon Fraser University
The last several decades have witnessed an explosion of new empirical research into representations of the past and the conditions of their production, prompting claims that we have entered a new era in which the past has become more “present” than ever before. Contemplating Historical Consciousness brings together leading historians, ethnographers, and other scholars who give illuminating reflections on the aims, methods, and conceptualization of their own research as well as the successes and failures they have encountered. This rich collective account provides valuable perspectives for current scholars while charting new avenues for future research.
Anna Clark is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Australian Centre for Public History at the University of Technology Sydney. Her latest book, Private Lives, Public History (2016), uses interviews with one hundred Australians to consider the ways personal connections to the past intersect with broader historical narratives and debates.
Carla L. Peck is Professor of Social Studies Education at the University of Alberta, Canada. Her research interests include students’ understandings of democratic concepts, diversity, identity, citizenship and the relationship between students’ ethnic identities and their understandings of history.