Social Science ColloquiumIt is often acknowledged that historical arguments and historical traditions play an important role in the creation of nations and national identities. Just recently, for example, a group of distinguished American historians set out to delineate a set of ‘National Standards for History’ offering the following justification: “Without history, a society shares no common memory of where it has been, of what its core values are, or of what decisions of the past account for present circumstances.”1 Such sentiments are not simply a product of our current political climate, nor are they just an American phenomenon: various expressions of belief in a vital relationship between history and national identity are to be found in conflicts over aboriginal history in Australia, in the defense of national revivalist histories of Eastern Europe, in the critical stance of postcolonial or subaltern histories, and in ongoing debates over Britain’s ‘heritage industry.  (learn more)


Schedule of Events:

Trauma Theory: its Critics and its Vicissitudes
Dominick LaCapra, PhD
Oct. 10, 2002
7:30 p.m.
Gallery Theatre, Langone Center

Declarations of Independence, 1789-1988
David Armitage, PhD
Feb. 6, 2003
7:30 p.m.
Willard Smith Library, Vaughan Literature Building

Identity Before Identities: Ethnicity, Nationalism and the Historian
Colin Kidd, PhD
April 8, 2003
7:30 p.m.
Willard Smith Library, Vaughan Literature Building