". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Friday, April 20, 2012

I Will Be In London

When the Historical Novel Society Conference 2012 meets.

I jetlag so hard. I have to plan this stay very carefully to get the fullest benefit from it I can. I will have a lot of free time on my own since I'm not involved with the production at all, other than to keep el V grounded. But as I don't know yet even where we're staying, it's hard to start that planning.

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