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New Ways of Telling History - An Appraisal with Alex McDermott

Event Information

  • 8 Nov 2011 5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • RHSV building, 239 a'Beckett St
  • Melbourne
  • Victoria
Other Information
  • Cost: $5.50 for non-members, free for RHSV emembers

In 2003 English historian Simon Schama suggested, in his typical and impishly provocative fashion, that ‘the future of history, the survival of history is going to depend at least as much, if not more on the new media and television as on the printed page.’

Is this true? If true, should this alarm or excite us?

Drawing on a decade’s experience writing, researching and teaching history for books, newspapers, television, the internet and academia, Alex McDermott will offer an appraisal of what connects and what distinguishes the various forms of history-telling in Australia in the early 21st century, and what possibilities still remain to be exploited.

Alex McDermott has most recently written Australian History for Dummies. He is an expert on Kelly studies, and between 2007 -2009 he was chief historical consultant and history researcher for Screen Australia’s Making History Initiative which led to the ABC broadcast of ten historical documentaries including Rogue Nation. Constructing Australia, Monash – the Forgotten Anzac, and Menzies and Churchill at War

Time: 5.15 for 5.45.