Doing History – Geschichte als Praxis

  • History is not only construed and handed down in writing. In popular cultural practice, it has long been edited and can be experienced in many forms. Past debates have not treated these practices well, however, and concentrated primarily on representational forms shaped by historical politics, such as museums and schoolbooks, as well as by entertainment-oriented media, such as television documentaries, feature films and TV-series, video and computer games, as well as non-fiction and novels. In this context, doing history, understood as a discursive and performative visualisation of the past, has hardly been explored, although it has quite a long tradition. In this introduction, we pursue an access that is both theoretical and practical, and draw closer to doing history on the basis of three central pairs of concepts that have strongly influenced the cultural and historiographical debate over the last several years: ›body_emotion‹, ›experience_space‹ as well as ›thing_meaning‹. History is created in the interplay between person, body, space and object. The physical and affective experience influences, in interaction with the evocative experience of presence, as well as the relationship and meaning of the object and the actions and interpretations of individuals, what is capable of leading to sensational, certainly culturally subjectively shaped imaginations from the past.

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Author:Stefanie Samida, Sarah Willner, Georg Koch
Parent Title (German):Doing History. Performative Praktiken in der Geschichtskultur
Place of publication:Münster
Editor:Sarah Willner, Georg Koch, Stefanie Samida
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2016
Release Date:2021/07/20
First Page:1
Last Page:25
Studies in Contemporary History: Materials:3/2009 Populäre Geschichtsschreibung 3/2009
Licence (German):License LogoMit freundlicher Genehmigung des jeweiligen Autors / Verlags für Online-Ausgabe der Zeitschrift Zeithistorische Forschungen