Symposium

Coming of Age: Life/Time/History

Participants included eight senior, international scholars who had been particularly influential in Peter’s career and five younger scholars who had worked with him as graduate students. 

The title alludes to an intersection between life course and history, an intersection that can be interpreted in many ways.  “Coming of age” commonly refers to adolescence, where much of history education scholarship and practice is targeted.  But it also means “age” as in “old age,” appropriate for an event tied to a retirement.  The title also challenged participants to examine people’s lives, including their own, in relation to the histories they confront and construct, in the context of the historical moment in which they find themselves. 

Four sessions took up these challenges from different angles:

Program and Presentations

To download a PDF of the program, including abstracts and bios, click here.

To download individual presentations, click on the titles below:

Session 1. The Big Picture

Constructing Historical Reference Frameworks, Lindsay Gibson

The Three Axial Ages: Moral, Material, Mental, John Torpey

Time Chased Me Down, and I Stopped Looking Away from the Melting, Heather McGregor

Session 2. History Education and its National Contexts

Historical Re-enactments as Tensions Among Life, Time and History, Mario Carretero

Resisting the Regime (in Australia), Tony Taylor

From Newfoundland to the Undiscovered Country: Reflections on Peter Seixas’ Canada, David Lowenthal

A Narrative Reflection on the Development of a “Language”, Stéphane Lévesque

Session 3. The Media and the Messages: Monuments, Museums and Macs

Enhancing Historical Thinking with Difficult Heritage, Maria Grever

All Together Now: Private and Public Collections Remixed at the Museum of Vancouver, Viviane Gosselin

Reading More and Learning Less: Why Historical Reading Fails on the Screen, Sam Wineburg

Session 4. Freedom, Equality, Identity: What’s History Got To Do With It?

Quelle histoire d'avenir offrir aux jeunes d'aujourd'hui? Jocelyn Létourneau

History Education Research in an Era of Increasing Inequality, Terrie Epstein

Why Theorizing Identity Matters in History Education Research, Carla Peck

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