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The Varieties of Historical Experience

1st Edition

Edited by Stephan Palmié, Charles Stewart


14 pages | 21 B/W Illus.

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This book considers how history is not just objectively lived but subjectively experienced by people in the process of orienting their present toward the past. It analyses affectivity in historical experience, examines the digital mediation of history, and assesses the current politics of competing historical genres. The contributors explore the diverse ways in which the past may be activated and felt in the here and now, juxtaposing the practices of professional historiography with popular modes of engaging the past, from reenactments, filmmaking/viewing and historical fiction to museum collections and visits to historical sites. By examining the divergent forms of historical experience that flourish in the shadow of historicism in the West, this volume demonstrates how, and how widely (socially), the understanding of the past exceeds the expectations and frameworks of professional historicism. It makes the case that historians and the discipline of History could benefit from an ethnographic approach in order to assess the social reception of their practice now, and into a near future increasingly conditioned by digital media and demands for experiential immediacy.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Varieties of Historical Experience

Stephan Palmié and Charles Stewart:


2. The Generic Turn: Genre, Audience, and Reclaiming Historical Authority

Steven Conn

3. Biographical Construction and Intertextual Being

Lily Hope Chumley


4. Gooseflesh: Music, Somatosensation, and the Making of Historical Experience

Vanessa Agnew

5. Affective Democracy: Building a Community of Feeling through Spanish Mass Grave Exhumations

Jonah S. Rubin


6. Memory, Mediation, and the Aesthetic: Reframing Waterloo

Ann Rigney

7. Of Arks and Dragons: The Power of Entertainment in Creationist Historicity

James S. Bielo

8. Bodies, Artifacts and Ghosts: NAGPRA, Ceremonies of Repossession and the Unsettling of Settler Colonialism

Cailín E. Murray

9. Competing Roadways, Contesting Bloodlines: Registers of Biopower at a Lynching Reenactment and a Confederate Flag Rally

Mark Auslander


10. Iterative Interactions: Old and New Media Inflections of the Historical Imagination

Ivan Ross

11. Sensors and Sources: How a Universal Model of Instrumentation Affects Our Experiences of the Past

William J. Turkel and Edward Jones-Imhotep


12. Towards a New Historical Condition

François Hartog

About the Editors

Stephan Palmié is Professor of Anthropology at The University of Chicago, USA.

Charles Stewart is Professor of Anthropology at University College London, UK.

About the Series

The Anthropology of History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General