What is at stake when history becomes explicitly political? On the other hand, is all history political? We know history is frequently contested. If it was not, history would not be a worthwhile discipline to study. Some pasts have become hotly contested in public consciousness in recent years. Historians, academic, public, and popular have been in the news themselves. Oftentimes, in Canada anyways, these forays are related to institutional racism and the renewed urgency of the process for truth and reconciliation. Most importantly this forum provides an opportunity for self and collective reflection on the political or not so political nature of History.
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This event is co-host by the Peace and Reconciliation Centre and the History Department.