Professor Iain McCalman in conjunction with the History Council of NSW will present ‘Historical Re-enactments. Should we take them seriously?’
Iain McCalman’s encounter with re-enactment began in a television series purporting to retrace the Endeavour voyage of Captain James Cook along the Barrier Reef to Indonesia. For several of onboard, being historians and able seamen under simulated ‘eighteenth-century conditions’ proved so frustrating that they determined to explore whether re-enactment could ever be historically valuable. In this talk McCalman will discuss the popular appeal of re-enactment, some scholarly criticisms of it, and offer some examples of how it can perhaps be harnessed to good effect for both teaching and research purposes.
When: Friday 14 September 2007, 6pm for 6.30pm
Where: The Mint, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Bookings: (02) 92528715, firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.historycouncilnsw.org.au/whats_on_annual.html
Cost: $40 non-members/$35 History Council of NSW or Historic Houses Trust members, admission includes drinks and light supper following the lecture.
Proudly sponsored by the Historic Houses Trust and the Wyndham Estate.
Places are limited. Bookings essential.
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