14th Congress of the Contemporary History Association, hosted by the UA, brings together 400 researchers
Topics to be discussed at the congress, held at the Alicante City University Venue and the Caja Mediterráneo Foundation’s Culture Club, include the role of historians, memory, and women’s, digital and transnational history
Film-maker and screenwriter Javier Olivares, creator of the series El Ministerio del Tiempo, will take part in a panel discussion
The programme includes the exhibition “10 años del Archivo de la Democracia” [10 years of the Democracy Archive] and a tour to discover Alicante’s historical memory
Alicante. Tuesday 18 September 2018
The Association of Contemporary History (AHC) will bring together 400 contemporary history experts and researchers at the Alicante City University Venue and the Caja Mediterráneo Foundation's Culture Club at a three-day congress on the role of historians, memory, and women’s, gender, digital and transnational history.
Coordinated by UA lecturer Mónica Moreno, the AHC’s 14th Congress, “Del siglo XIX al XX. Tendencias y debates” [From the 19th to the 20th century. Trends and debates], is organised by the UA Department of Contemporary Humanities. Organisers state that “interpretations of the past are marked by current perspectives and expectations of the future. Moreover, in contemporary history certain relatively recent times have a specific weight when analysing more distant pasts, as concepts and processes from the 19th century re-emerge in the 20th and 21st centuries.” The congress seeks to address these issues and explore novel aspects in current historiography through lectures, panel discussions and 24 debate workshops.
The opening session will take place at the Caja Mediterráneo Foundation’s Culture Club next Thursday 20 September at 9.30 a.m., with the opening lecture “Autobiografía como paradigma historiográfico” [Autobiography as a historiographic paradigm], delivered by Cornell University professor Enzo Traverso. The programme includes two panel discussions: “Repensar el siglo XIX. ¿Realmente lo conocemos?” (‘Rethinking the 19th century. Do we really know it?’, Wednesday 21 September, 9.30 a.m., Alicante City University Venue, Ramón y Cajal, 4) and “¿Hacemos Historia para todos los públicos?”(‘Do we make History for general audiences?’, Thursday 22 September, 9.30 a.m., Alicante City University Venue, Ramón y Cajal, 4), the latter featuring film-maker and screenwriter Javier Olivares, creator of the acclaimed series El Ministerio del Tiempo.
The three-day programme also comprises a variety of workshops, running from 20 to 22 September, on a wide range of topics: “historians-teachers in the digital era and the post-truth world”, “problems in the historiographic practice of cultural history”, “the problem of being a man: construction of modern masculinities”, “contemporary migrations”, “corruption as an instrument of power”, “contemporary European monarchies” or “post-war periods: hunger, reconstruction and social policies”, among many others.
Besides, the opening event of the exhibition “10 años del Archivo de Democracia” [10 years of the Democracy Archive] will be held at the Alicante City University Venue’s Juana Francés hall (Ramón y Cajal, 4) next Thursday 20 September at 7 p.m., and there will be a tour to discover Alicante’s historical memory on Saturday 22, from 4 to 6 p.m.