During the twentieth century, traditional concepts of objectivity and narratives of Western exceptionalism have been forcefully challenged. Does that mean that our relationship with the past and the content and purpose of history are now less self-evident than before? Which historical problems appear most urgent for contemporary societies to explore critically? What and how do historians in an age intensely aware of global interconnections teach in universities, and do their interests productively inform school curricula? Following a year of intense debate on history teaching in schools, the panel will discuss the controversies over current visions of the discipline.
Professor Maxine Berg FBA, University of Warwick
Maxine Berg is Professor of History at the University of Warwick, founder of the Global History and Culture Centre at Warwick in 2005 and Fellow of the British Academy. She initiated the Luxury Project and the Eighteenth-Century Centre at Warwick in 1997, and as a European historian then turned her interests to the impact of Chinese, Indian and Japanese luxury and trade goods on Europe's emerging consumer and industrial cultures. She is currently leading a European Research Fellowship project, 'Europe's Asian Centuries: Trading Eurasia 1600-1830. She is the author of Luxury and Pleasure in Eighteenth-Century Britain (OUP, 2005).