On Thursday, May 3rd, the New School in New York will be hosting a launch event for the new book, DOING RECENT HISTORY. The event will begin at 6:00pm and feature a panel and book signing. Co-editor Claire Bond Potter will be joined by contributors Gail Drakes and David Greenberg, with David K. Rosner moderating the discussion. More information about the event can be found here.
DOING RECENT HISTORY is the definitive guide to the practice of
recent history. It explores the challenges
of writing histories of recent events where visibility is inherently
imperfect, hindsight and perspective are lacking, and historiography is
underdeveloped. DOING RECENT HISTORY offers guidance and insight to any
researcher considering tackling the not-so-distant
Journalists, historians, and interdisciplinary scholars are
constantly trying to write about recent history and end up struggling
with the accompanying challenges. New technologies and new evidence present exciting
new challenges and opportunities in the field of history. The recent
past is also often a highly contested one, requiring interdisciplinary
methods and an attention to ethical engagement of living subjects. With no other book out there exploring
these methodological and ethical issues, DOING RECENT HISTORY is an important resource,
particularly for those in higher education.
YouTube video, Renee C. Romano gives a good overview
of the book.
"How I wish DOING RECENT HISTORY had
been available when I began writing histories that were 'just over my
shoulder.' Potter and Romano demonstrate that tackling recent history
poses unique challenges, and they offer absolutely indispensable
guidance in meeting them."—Alice Echols, author of HOT STUFF: DISCO AND THE REMAKING OF AMERICAN CULTURE