During the twentieth century, traditional concepts of objectivity and narratives of Western exceptionalism have been forcefully challenged. Does that mean that our relationship with the past and the content and purpose of history are now less self-evident than before? Which historical problems appear most urgent for contemporary societies to explore critically? What and how do historians in an age intensely aware of global interconnections teach in universities, and do their interests productively inform school curricula? Following a year of intense debate on history teaching in schools, the panel will discuss the controversies over current visions of the discipline.
Sir John Elliott FBA, University of Oxford
Sir John Elliott is Regius Professor Emeritus of Modern History in the University of Oxford. His publications on Spain, Europe and the Americas in the Early Modern period include Imperial Spain, 1469-1716 (1963); The Old World and the New, 1492-1650 (1970); The Count-Duke of Olivares (1986); and Empires of the Atlantic World, 1492-1830 (2006). He was awarded the Wolfson Prize for History in 1986, the Prince of Asturias Prize for the Social Sciences in 1996, and the Balzan Prize for History in 1999. He has received various honours from the Spanish government, and was knighted for his services to history in 1994. His most recent book, History in the Making, was published in 2012.