Lecture Description

Drawing on his experiences doing oral histories with unhoused people, Kerr challenges the ethical stance of the unbiased, objective historian. He argues that this fiction obscures our own social position and privilege and normalizes inequality. Holding on to the desire to more truthfully and accurately understand the past, Kerr makes the case for acknowledging and reflecting upon our own subjectivity, being more transparent about our commitments, engaging communities beyond the profession, and participating in movements to change the world for the better. Using his own work as an example, Kerr argues that the engaged historian is a better historian.


General and Historiography Oral history

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