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Shadowing History: National Narrative and the Persistence of the Everyday

2003-2004 Lecture Series Harry Harootunian, New York University

Thursday, June 03, 2004
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Public Policy 2214
UCLA campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

The issue Professor Harootunian addresses in this lecture is how history, as practiced in historiography or historywirting, is actually based upon its capactiy to conceal, disguise and indeed suppress the everyday.  This is especially true when we consider that most history is really driven by the category of the nation state and conception of abstract time.  Far from envisaging a history free or rescued from the nation, most historywriting ends up reinforcing it, to displace the constant danger posed by the surplus of everyday life, to overcome its apparent 'trivia,' 'banalities' and untidiness in order to find a register that will fix meaning.

This event is sponsored by COMPARATIVE AND INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH ON AISA and co-sponsored by the UCLA INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE and the UCLA CENTER FOR JAPANESE STUDIES

 

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