As one of the essential underpinnings of the historical profession we are taught to think through issues of authority at all levels. We are trained to recognize the role and nature of power not only in the creation of historical narrative, but also in our own interpretations.
At “History on the Edge,” the 2015 annual meeting of the National Council on Public History I heard attendees directly and indirectly discuss various forms of historical authority. I offer three statements to summarize the discussions:
- Avenues for historical authority continue to expand.
- We need to become better communicators about our profession (in effect to re-gain the historical authority we seem to be losing).
- That complex issues of authority still exist as we continue to work to create a more inclusive historical narrative.
I attended five different panels. Read the rest of this entry »