04 – Australien: Paul Ashton

Die erste Station meiner Reise in die Public History ist Australien – mein Gast ist Paul Ashton.

Link zu Paul Ashton: 

Genannte Literatur 

  • Ashton, Paul, Alex Trapeznik (Hg.): What is Public History Globally? Working With the Past in the Present, London 2019.
  • Raphael, Samuel: Theatres of Memory, London 1994.
  • Rickard, John: Packagin the Past? Public Histories, Melbourne 1991.

Literatur zum Thema „Class“

  • El-Mafaalani, Aladin: Vom Arbeiterkind zum Akademiker. Über die Mühen des Aufstiegs durch Bildung. Sankt Augustin 2014.
  • Graf, Angela, Christina Möller (Hg.): Bildung – Macht – Eliten. Zur Reproduktion sozialer Ungleichheit. Für Michael Hartmann, Frankfurt 2015.
  • Reuter, Julia Reuter, Markus Camper, Christina Möller, Frerk Blume (Hg.): Vom Arbeiterkind zur Professur. Sozialer Aufstieg in der Wissenschaft. Autobiographische Notizen und soziobiographische Analysen, Bielefeld 2020.

Genannte Zeitschriften, Blog-Journals, Datenbanken, Gesellschaften, Sendeformate

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  • Giusy Correggia
    November 29, 2021Antworten

    Very often, the past and the present, tradition and modernity collide, generating conflict and often change. This also concerns the clash between academic and public history, which certainly represents a more modern and above all inclusive approach. Paul Ashton expresses this concept, this conflict and the resulting change through one sentence in particular, which is able to show history in an innovative, public way: ”History is not a pyramid with academic on the top, it is an incredibly broad spectrum of practises all of which are important and useful and we need to share that authority across that spectrum.”
    This shows that public history brings together a wide range of actors, e.g. whole communities, but also individuals, minorities etc., to reconstruct a common past that belongs to everyone and is not closed in academic spheres. Thinking about history in this way means understanding how history is useful for the present and how it can be applied in a practical way, having an impact on institutions for example.
    Another concept that I found very interesting and worth further investigation is colonialism. Paul Ashton says: “We are in a postcolonial context still, colonialism has embedded itself in our culture and it is expressing in different ways”. In Italy, at my university, I had the opportunity to read a book about it (I’m sorry, I don’t remember the name. It was about Sociology). Some experiences have not been elaborated, or rather have not been properly addressed, but manipulated; one of these experiences is colonialism. Traumas, genocides and sufferings caused by colonialism have not been dealt with in the right way, but partly hushed up, hidden; hiding a trauma sometimes means justifying or accepting it. This has meant that ideas and values related to that era are still alive and strongly rooted in modern society; consider racism for example, sexism. In Italy, it is easy to hear sentences like ‚I am not racist, BUT…“and catcalling is a very common phenomenon. This has partly to do with an inadequate understanding of history. I think that reconstructing history through different sources, direct experiences and without an academic/hierarchical approach might be one of the first steps to try to eradicate these ideologies.

  • Lissa Kühner
    November 30, 2021Antworten

    In this podcast together with Paul Ashton many very interesting aspects were mentioned. As Giusy Correggia also mentioned, I found the following quote regarding Public History very memorable: „History is not a pyramid with academic on the top, it is an incredibly broad spectrum of practices all of which are important and useful and we need to share that authority across that spectrum. „Here the term „Public History“ is used to describe a kind of practice/exercise. It is a way of making history for and together with a public audience. This audience is not only academics, but every individual, no matter where they are classified in the social context. For this very reason, it is easy to imagine that some academics are suspicious of public history because, for them, it does not correspond to „classical history.“ It seems difficult for academics to accept public history sources such as photographs, art, films, artifacts, and sites as credible historical sources. Indeed, public history encompasses much more than the stubborn rendering of historical data; it illuminates the academic realms of memory research, historical consciousness, and general historiography. I find this „clash“ between academic history and public history very interesting, moreover, public history seems to be winning out over traditional history in my eyes. We’ll see where it takes us in the next few years, but I think public history will take an important place worldwide, especially within younger generations. In my opinion, social media will have an increasing influence on public history and the branch of digital public history will probably expand more and more.

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