HIST 5700F: Introduction to Public History
Fall 2022

Instructor: Professor James Opp

Introduction: This seminar offers an advanced introduction to the theory, history, and practice of Public History. After acquainting ourselves with the emergence of public history as a field of historical inquiry, we will explore theories and practices of public histories through a variety of international contexts, scholarly traditions, and interdisciplinary approaches. We will encounter scholars and practitioners based in Canada and across the globe. The seminar will help us think through the implications of the “public” in “public history,” and consider how place, identity, and the narrative forms shape the stories we tell about the past. Enrollment in this course is limited to students in the Public History M.A. program.

Class Format: This is an in-person, student-led seminar in a three-hour block. Some weeks may be set aside for field trips, depending upon availability and access. Graduate-level participation and engagement with the course material will be expected.

Text: Not required text to purchase ; readings will be made available through online avenues.

Questions? Please email me at: james.opp@carleton.ca