Family History Workshop 1: The Ethics of Family History

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This initial workshop will examine the very practice of family history and microhistory.

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WORKSHOP 1: The Ethics of Family History

This initial workshop will examine the very practice of family history and microhistory. What are we doing when we tell the small stories of our own and other people’s families? Are there ethical issues with digitizing, naming, and communicating the experiences of the dead?

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6 May, 3:30-6:00pm GMT

3:30-4:30 Workshop introduction: placing family histories in critical historical contexts

Speakers include: Justin Bengry, Lucy Bland, Natalie Pithers, Julia Laite, Darryl Leroux

4:30-4:45 Break

4:45-5:45 Break into groups to discuss the following questions:1. What do we do with unwanted/upsetting information in family histories? What kind of information might this be?2. Who has a right to the history of a family/individual? What do they have a right to do with it? What might this be contingent on?3. What do we do with incomplete/conflicting/unknown elements of our family histories? Is there such a thing as ethical guesswork or ethical invention?

5:45-6.00 Report back and closing remarks

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