Conference of International Federation on Public History in Berlin from 18 to 22. August in Berlin
Panel Description: Emotions and Affect in Public History
Public historians are fond of saying that “emotions” -
Presenter 1: David Dean
Title: Performing Emotions in Public History: Reflections and Engagements
Abstract: This presentation offers both an overview of the role of emotions, senses, and affect in public history and specific engagement with two case studies. It begins with an summary of key concepts, methods, and theories associated with the history of emotions, drawing in part on the presenter’s experience as a co-
Biography: David Dean is Professor of History at Carleton University and co-
Presenter 2: Christine Lavrence
Title: Affective Citizenship and Reconciliation within Canadian settler colonialism
Abstract: This presentation explores the politics of memory of Canadian settler colonialism in the aftermath of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which concluded in 2015 and whose mandate was to document the historical and ongoing impact of the ‘Indian Residential School’ system on its students, their families and First Nation communities. it explores how the Reconciliation process more broadly is organized through a ‘therapeutic’ framework, organized around key categories like apology, forgiveness, healing, reconciliation and empathy. This paper critically examines the potentialities and limits of the historical narrative of ‘affective citizenship’ (Johnson 2009) that is being advocated by the Canadian state through Reconciliation and how this is manifested in official discourse and commemorative initiatives, such as the addition of the archives at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to the Canada Memory of the World Register by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.
Biography: Christine Lavrence is an Associate Professor at King’s University College at Western University in the Department of Sociology. Her research interests include historical memory and memorialization with post-
Presenter 3: Raina Zimmering
Title: The divided remembrance on the German „Unification“ and the emotional and sensitive effects in East Germany
Abstract: This presentation focuses on the divided remembrance on German Unification and the emotional and sensitive effects on the East Germans. Recognizing the continued differences between East and West post-
Biography: Raina Zimmering’s areas of interest are the Study of History, Art History and Ethnography, Doctor of Foreign Policy of Latin American States, Habilitation on the Security Policy of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. Professor of political science at Humboldt University in Berlin, University Professor at Universidad Nacional de Colombia and at Johannes Kepler University in Austria. Now Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for International Politics in Potsdam and member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the journal WeltTrends.
Presenter 4: Petros Apostolopoulos
Title: Affective practices on Wikipedia users’ discussions about History
Abstract: In this presentation, I study the discussions of Wikipedia users about history, while they create and edit Wikipedia pages. Wikipedia functions as a common and public space for personal reflection. It provides this opportunity through the portal of “talk”, which shows the discussions and debates between Wikipedia users about some points of the entries. Specifically, I examine different Wikipedia pages related to traumatic events of the past and analyze how Wikipedia users get emotionally involved in the production of historical knowledge expressing online their views about the past, agree and disagree about which aspects of the past should be represented on a Wikipedia article. The discussions between Wikipedia users reveal how they emotionally perceive history but also why they get involved in the production of historical knowledge on Wikipedia.
Biography: Petros Apostolopoulos is a PhD student in Public History at North Carolina State University. He holds a Bachelor in History from University of Athens, a Research Master (MPhil) in Modern Greek History from the same university, and a Master (MA) in History (specialization in Cultures of Knowledge) from VU University Amsterdam. His dissertation explores the production of historical knowledge on Wikipedia.