Category Archives: living history

VR as Living History

I’m going to throw this wet noodle at the wall and see if it sticks. This week, we have used the essays in Enacting History as a springboard for discussion on living history. Among the many concepts and themes that … Continue reading

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The Persistent Liminality of Performative Representations of the Past

In his essay “Tourist Performance in the Twenty-first Century,” Scott Magelssen describes his experience of participating in a simulated illegal crossing of the U.S.-Mexico border within the broader context of the recent “boom” in performative/participatory events within the tourism industry. … Continue reading

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Women and Civil War Reenactments

I wanted to jump off from the idea that Poole introduced in his essay from Enacting History, and that was that some roles required cross-dressing. I’ve seen a number of articles about civil war re-enactments about the participation of women … Continue reading

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The Problem we all live with

This American Life did a really interesting podcast on a woman who went to schools that were mandated to desegregate back in the 70’s and 80’s with school busing. I was bused more than an hour from my house, but … Continue reading

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A More Friendly Viking?

I came across this article, which discusses the attempt of a Norway school to either reform common perceptions of its iconic viking heritage or change perceptions completely. While author Andrew Higgins centers the article on the course curriculum of one … Continue reading

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Reading about Lowell and it’s attempts to revitalize the postindustrial community of Lowell reminded me of one of Atlanta’s own revitalization projects happening just down the road from my neighborhood: the Ponce City Market. The Ponce City Market is the … Continue reading

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Six Words: ‘Must We Forget Our Confederate Ancestors?’ : NPR

In anticipation of our class discussion on 11/10, on the dilemmas of Southern heritage and memory of the Civil War. From the comments: “History isn’t a buffet where you keep what you like and skip what you don’t.” I like … Continue reading

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