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Virtual History Chat April 23, 2008

Posted by Will Thomas in Uncategorized.
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Jenny and I just finished our first experimental online history chat–I think it was reasonably successful, and could be used for certain kinds of discussion. Largely historians (not historians of science) participated–it seemed to be agreed that some of the deeper theory-based concerns were not very high on everyone’s minds, but that there was plenty of need for new kinds of historiography that haven’t yet cohered. Maybe we’re in a period of theory hangover? Jenny will sum up in more detail soon.

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1. Jenny Ferng - April 23, 2008

Theory is certainly suffering in other areas of study, not just history. I agree that it is not clear how we are supposed to deploy theory in the name of historical scholarship. It was a very fruitful discussion, and we hope to stage some other online debates in the near future. Stay tuned!

2. Anonymous - April 24, 2008

That stuff does make you dizzy.


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