What Is History, Now?

23 September 2021

What Is History, Now?

Marking the release of a new collection of essays exploring how we interpret history today, join a panel of contributors including editors Helen Carr and Suzannah Lipscomb.
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Description

How do we interpret history today? What stories should we tell? Who should we celebrate? Who should be writing our history?

Join contributors from the ground-breaking new collection What is History, Now? as they discuss the burning questions facing historians today, 60 years on from the release of EH Carr’s influential text What is History?

The panel features the editors of the collection, Suzannah Lipscomb and Helen Carr, great-granddaughter of EH Carr. They will be joined by Dr Gus Casely-Hayford, Director of V&A East, and Alex von Tunzelmann, historian and screenwriter.

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About the panel

Professor Suzannah Lipscomb is an award-winning historian, author, and broadcaster. She is Professor of History at the University of Roehampton, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a columnist for History Today. She is the author of five books on the 16th century and has written and hosted over 40 hours of historical documentaries for TV.

Helen Carr is a historian, writer and history producer. She has produced documentaries for BBC, Sky Arts, Discovery, CNN and History Hit TV and has previously worked for BBC Radio 4’s weekly programme In Our Time. She is a regular features writer for BBC History Magazine and has contributed to the New Statesman, History Today and History Extra. Helen now runs her own podcast, Hidden Histories.

Dr Gus Casely-Hayford is the inaugural Director of V&A East, Professor of Practice, SOAS, and was previously Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC.

Alex von Tunzelmann is a historian and screenwriter. She is the author of five books, most recently Fallen Idols: Twelve Statues That Made History. Her first feature film, Churchill (2017), starred Brian Cox and Miranda Richardson. She has also written episodes of Medici on Netflix.
 

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