By and large, “Mobile Worlds” delivers on its contention that European museums need to do much more than just restitute plundered objects in their collections, important as that is. A 21st-century universal museum has to unsettle the very labels that the age of imperialism bequeathed to us: nations and races, East and West, art and craft. It’s not enough just to call for “decolonization,” a recent watchword in European museum studies; the whole fiction of cultural purity has to go, too. Any serious museum can only be a museum of our entangled past and present. The game is to not to tear down the walls, but to narrate those entanglements so that a new, global audience recognizes itself within them.
No matter how clear the exposition of the principles may be [in a lecture], no matter how fresh and striking the illustrations, it still remains that the student is relieved by the instructor from carrying on the mental processes which he ought to conduct for himself.
CfP deadline extended to March 15 for Histories of Migration: Transatlantic and Global Perspectives (Bucerius Young Scholars Forum) at GHI West, Berkeley. The organizers seek papers that rephrase questions and methodological issues in migration history from a history of knowledge perspective or vice versa.
Marx at 200: A Symposium, April 12, 2018, GHI, Washington, DC. This event is open to all, but you must register by April 5.
Jim Grossman, executive directer of the American Historical Association, reflects on what historians can do in these challenging times. Not surprisingly, communication is front and center, but his suggestion is more nuanced and very in tune with this period of myriad small publics… Read more
Survey for the Alberta Teachers' Association, 1938, containing informative statistical and qualitative data on all manner of occupations for men and women, including some historical perspective; digitized at the Internet Archive, https://archive.org/details/choosingyourlife00albe