History Acts was launched today at the ‘What is Radical History?’ Conference. We decided to present a short proposal to the conference, and then open up our plans to scrutiny and appraisal.
Some extremely useful points were made in this discussion:
- Our first meeting is planned for the night of the general election (whoops!).
- Many projects are already underway, and plenty of historians are also activists.
- Libraries, museums and archives are often better at doing outreach work than universities.
- Projects can be short, one-offs or very long term.
- Not all radical activities fit neatly under the label “activism”.
- Many small activist projects need help recording their own history.
We will be posting an online version of the presentation shortly, and will try to incorporate these and other points people raised more informally.
Meanwhile our mailing list is now online here. Please do sign up.
We look forward to seeing you in May.
Thursday 21 May, 2015, 6.30pm – 7.30pm
in the Dreyfus Room, 26-28 Russell Square,
he first meeting of History Acts is pleased to welcome Dr Matt Cook (Birkbeck), who will be joining us to discuss the first project we are running with activists. There will also be time to discuss ideas for a second project.
We aim to make meetings swift and productive so do try to be on time.
There will be a short social afterwards at the Museum Tavern.
2. Constitution of History Acts
3. Pilot Project – Trans meets Gay
- discussion / review of the project plans established so far
- advisors to the project introduced, BiGS support
- event plans (provisional date, format)
- History Acts support
- assessment / critiques
4. Ideas for second pilot project
5. Organisation posts available
- mailing list / publicity
- projects co-ordinator
6. ideas for an honorary president
7. Dates for next (termly) meetings
History Acts is launching at What is Radical History? on Tuesday 24 March.
For the conference we have produced a short presentation about our aims and the nature of the work we plan to undertake.
We hope to open up a discussion on these plans and to simulate debate and criticism around the legitimacy of the project. In this way, we believe our contribution to the conference will be both relevant and of value.