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First call for papers Conference title: Whose history is it anyway?

Public history in perspective Date: 5-6 September 2013 Location: University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK Keynote address: Hilda Kean This is a multi-disciplinary conference aimed at a wide range of history and heritage practitioners making no distinction between professionals and non-professionals. Papers are thus invited from academic historians, those working or volunteering in the museum, heritage and archives sectors, those working in the media, film makers, funding bodies, policy makers, publishers, along with family, local and community historians. The discipline of history is at an important juncture in its long-term development. The public financing of archives, museums and higher education history teaching and research are under threat both in the UK and beyond, yet history within the school curriculum looks set to become a growth area in years to come. History exists within institutionalised frameworks: archival holdings, museum collections, listed buildings and conservation areas, protected landscapes, academic teaching and research. Each of these forms of history is dependent upon professionals whose training and expertise allow them to lay claim to be custodians of historical knowledge, or curators of the physical remnants of the past. This professionalized discipline is largely dependent upon public or charitable funding and concerns over public engagement and notions of history from below have caused a significant shift in recent decades towards a more open, accessible, egalitarian history that professes to be non-elitist. Beyond the institutionalised forms of the discipline, history is probably more popular than ever: family history, local history and military history in particular are hobbies for millions of nonprofessional historians, and such large numbers of followers can render this big business indeed. These are joined by unknown thousands enthusiastically engaged in industrial archaeology, historical collecting, metal detection, running voluntary museums or local societies, and historical reenactment. History exists regardless of the presence of the mediating and curatorial professionals and many amateur historians have little direct contact with such professionals. This conference will explore issues of public engagement in history, the role of professionals in mediating knowledge of history, the role of institutions in interpreting and communicating knowledge and perspectives, and the role that society and the public have in preserving, mediating, creating and communicating their own histories. It is also concerned to explore issues of policy and funding for history research, education, conservation and dissemination. Alongside general thematic papers, papers exploring issues through specific and focussed case studies are also welcome. Suggested themes include:

Family/community history and heritage Public history and personal identity Self as history Family history Online historical communities Institutionalised history and heritage Institutionalised and non-institutionalised history History and the documentary record: accessions and archival challenges History, artefacts and collections: museums and heritage as public history History, heritage, politics and funding The politics of public history Public policy and public history Volunteering, charities and public history History, heritage and class Public history, commemoration and class History and cultural legacies History and popular culture, popular culture as history (religion, sport, music, film etc.) Public History and social inclusion: Migration histories Commemorating Black histories History, heritage and gender Presenting history and heritage The mediation of history Public history online and on television History, heritage and visual culture Proposals are invited for single papers or panels. For a single paper please submit up to 250 words along with a short biographical note, your organisation (if any) and contact details. Prospective panel organisers should submit up to 500 words along with a short biographical note and contact details for each speaker. Work may subsequently be considered for publication. The deadline for the submission of proposals is 31st January, 2013. Proposals, or enquiries relating to these, should be sent to the following email address: The conference organising committee: Dr Andy Gritt, Director of the Institute of Local and Family History, University of Central Lancashire Dr Billy Frank, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Central Lancashire Dr Annemarie McAllister, Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Central Lancashire Dr Nick Mansfield, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Central Lancashire and a former Director of the Peoples History Museum in Manchester

Dr Mairtin OCathain, Lecturer in History, University of Central Lancashire Dr Anandi Ramamurthy, Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Central Lancashire Dr David Stewart, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Central Lancashire Dr Keith Vernon, Head of History, Politics and Philosophy, University of Central Lancashire