History Between Media and Audiences
The main publication of the project, entitled Where Is History Today? New Ways of Representing the Past, is now finally available for download here! The book draws on postmodern impulses as well as contemporary approaches to historiography, and tests them in the Central European context, to bring new insights into the relation between history, media and audiences. Edited carefully by Ian Christie and Marcel Arbeit, the monograph links researchers across humanities from both Palacký University and worldwide (Laura Mulvey, Roger Odin and others).
History no longer belongs only to historians, but is woven into the fabric and discourse of daily life. This fresh and wide-ranging survey explores how new media and new historiographic approaches are dramatically expanding what we understand by “history” today. Controversy about the aims and limits of historical analysis has raged ever since the rise of postmodern history in the 1970s. But these debates have rarely aﬀected the understanding of history in Central and Eastern Europe. This collection results from a pioneering collaboration between Czech and international scholars, based at Palacký University in Olomouc during 2013–2015, which focused on the uses and abuses of history today, viewed from both Eastern and Western European perspectives. The volume conﬁrms the crucial importance of audiovisual and mass media, from ﬁlm to television and radio to comics, but does not exclude literary scholars and art historians who are also rethinking their methods, taking note of their new consumers. If history formerly appeared to be a one-way transmission of expertise, it is increasingly a dynamic engagement between researchers and audiences.