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Event Date : 03 Feb, 2016 05:30 PM - 03 Feb, 2016 07:15 PM

Summary :

The Code of History and Non-Western Pasts
Sanjay Seth (Goldsmiths University)

London Branch Seminar Details

Venue :
Institute of Education, UCL, 20 Bedford Way, Room 804
City :
London
Organiser :
sun.yun.14@ucl.ac.uk

History-writing is not the recreation of a past that is always-already there, lying mute, waiting for the historian to give it voice. Historiography is instead a code or genre or technology, constructing the past in ways that make it amenable to representation through the code of history. If this is so, this allows us to explore the elements which constitute the code of history, and also allows us to ask what history-writing is ‘for’, what it is that it ‘does’; and forces us to address the question of whether this Western code is adequate to non-Western pasts.

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