A Usable Past: New Trends in Applied and Interdisciplinary History
International Conference, Faculty of History, National Research University Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg, Russia, 28 - 29 March 2014. The working language of the conference is English.
Trends found in the fields of technological history and economic history also indicate high demand for historical studies that supply a usable past. Yet, engineers and economists often try to construct this past on their own, which can lead to simplifications and distortions.
Currently, however, the growth of applied history suffers from poorly developed protocols and modes of dialogue between history and other disciplines. Before introduction in museums and other media landscapes, in education and in political debates, these issues should be discussed by representatives of different disciplines that employ a usable past, including but not limited to economics, sociology, law, natural sciences and technology. We would like to discuss new approaches to the complex problem of historical legacy and heritage that will provide a platform for creating interactive processes that link the historical object, the historian, and the public.
Russia is a good venue for a conference on applied and interdisciplinary history. Although the Russian academic community suffers from significant barriers to interdisciplinary research, interest to applied history is growing and the dialogue between international and Russian historians is crucial for further development of the field in Russia. Faculty of History at Higher School of Economics at St. Petersburg is a dynamically developing center for historical education and research which is actively promoting public and applied history
The discussions at the conference will include but will not be limited to the following topics:ping center for historical education and research which is actively promoting public and applied history St. Petersburg, the metropolitan imperial city and a UNESCO World site provide a very rich environment for discussions of variegated practices of preservation of material legacy and approaches to historical memory studies.