“Historical Reenactment, Living History, and Public History: Theorizing Generative Intersections between Tourists, Communities and Scholars”
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting (ASECS)
March 20-22, 2014
This panel will explore methodologies and theories concerning public history’s relationship with the academy. It seeks to explore generative intersections between scholars of early American studies/the long Eighteenth Century and historical reenactors, as well as between the classroom and the museum. I especially invite proposals that theorize living history of marginalized individuals, women, enslaved people, indentured servants, and Indigenous peoples.
I am imagining a panel where each presenter gives a short prepared mini-paper (pre-circulated amongst panel members) and then we have time for a real conversation that includes the audience. I welcome brief abstracts from scholars, professors, museum researchers, archivists, reenactors, and public historians.
If you work as a reenactor or a public historian, what effective bridges have you built between reenactors and academics or between tourists and scholars? How can we build more mutually beneficial relationships that lend themselves to broader public understanding of the long Eighteenth Century?
If you are a college professor, how have you used living history in your classroom too teach colonial American history or the literatures of early America? In what ways can living history work to challenge, engage and educate while entertaining?
Please send brief proposals and a brief CV by 15 September 2013 to:
Joy A. J. Howard, Saint Joseph’s University: Joy.Howard@SJU.edu
This panel is sponsored by the Society of Early Americanists. SEA furthers the exchange of ideas and information among scholars of various disciplines who study the literature and culture of America to approximately 1800. For information about the Society of Early Americanists, please visit: http://www.societyofearlyamericanists.org/
For additional information about the ASECS conference, please see the ASECS website: http://asecs.press.jhu.edu/