Social & Environmental Issues
Public history is an extremely multi-faceted field, and issues of social and environmental justice and activism are by no means central to much of what goes on in it. And yet these concerns motivate many public historians to some extent, and sometimes to a great extent. As the field matures, as the planet warms, as we continue to debate questions of “shared authority,” inclusion and exclusion, political and representational power, and ways of thinking about stewardship, the time seems right to foreground some of these topics here in the NCPH blog.
Registrants for the 2014 NCPH conference have already received access to the digital publication “Public History in a Changing Climate.” This publication will be available to all readers in summer 2014, to coincide with a special issue of The Public Historian focusing on environmental sustainability. In the meantime, here is a link to the bibliography of sources on public history and climate change included in the digital publication.
Image: Mary Dungan of Marianna, Florida draws attention to dropping lake levels as part of the 2012 350.org “Connect the Dots” day of action.
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