International Perspectives

globe-constructionAs public history continues to intersect with new trends in museum display, memorialization, place-making, tourism, human rights activism, and economic development around the globe, the conversation about what it means to be a public historian is broadening in ways that are enlivening and often–given the geographical, cultural, and linguistic differences involved–challenging. This section of History@Work is designed to contribute to that conversation by highlighting projects in places where public history is emerging as a discourse and by facilitating professional exchange about transnational projects and comparative approaches.

Editors: Emily Gann, Jean-Pierre Morin

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