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Campus inSaint Petersburg

Public Lecture “History as interpretation: from national to transnational history”

Lecture of Professor of Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä, Simo Mikkonen
February, 12, 2014 at 17.00 
The lecture will become a part of International Week of HSE – St.Petersburg and Winter School for Prospective Students.

Public lecture of Professor of University Jyväskylä, Simo Mikkonen

February, 12, 2014 at 17.00

 

This lecture will concentrate on the nature of history, discuss how historical knowledge is formed and how it is a result of interpretation rather than given facts. History is always a construction of the past rather than clear facts. This is both a strength, but also a source of several misuses. National historiography has particularly strongly supported political uses of history, still relevant today. One recent development in the historical scholarship that will be discussed in this lecture, is the transcending beyond national borders and limitations. Historical scholarship used to be essentially national, but has recently started to grow beyond empires and nation-states.

The lecture will become a part of International Week of HSE – St.Petersburg and Winter School for Prospective Students.

All interested in the topic are highly appreciated to participate! The lecture will take place at HSE – St.Petersburg, Souza Pechatnikov, 16, room 401