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Doing History That Matters: Going Public and Activating Voices as a Form of Historical Activism (2021)


For many of us academics, doing community-engaged research means coming to terms with the significant gaps in experience, privilege, and power, and overall access to knowledge. We are trained to learn through texts, not through direct experience. In some ways, we are even conditioned to tune out experience, or anecdote, to dilute personal subjectivities in favor of a critical analysis informed by a combination of methods and sources, and a reliance on text-based forms of evidence. Whereas for most community members, evidence is experiential. This dynamic also underscores the tremendous power and responsibility we have as historians to shape identities and legacies through the stories we tell. In the end, I believe the risks are worth the rewards.

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Article Alexandra Rutherford (2021) Going Public: Mobilizing, Materializing, and Contesting Social Science History. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences (pp. 5-11). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Cavicchi, Elizabeth
Fontes da Costa, Palmira
Detel, Wolfgang
Langman, Pete
Stuckrad, Kocku von
Lake, Crystal B.
Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences
British Journal for the History of Science
Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation
Journal of American Culture
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
McGill University (Canada)
Manchester University Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
Experience; witness
Authorities; experts
Historical method
Suhrawardī, Yaḥyá ibn Ḥabash
Cárdenas, Juan de
Nieremberg, Juan E.
Newton, Alfred
d'Alembert, Jean Le Rond
Time Periods
Early modern
18th century
20th century, late
21st century
19th century
Great Britain
United States
Royal Society of London

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