Truth, lies and history: being a historian in an age of fake news

Truth, lies and history: being a historian in an age of fake news
25 Jun 2019, 16:45 to 25 Jun 2019, 18:30
Historic Reading Room, The John Rylands Library, University Manchester

Jo Fox, IHR

Hannah Barker , University of Manchester and the John Rylands Research Institute

Sarah Knott, Indiana University

Charlotte Faucher, British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Manchester

James Crossland, Liverpool John Moores University

What are the opportunities and challenges facing historians in an age of fake news? How do we handle social media? What do multiple truths mean for historical objectivity? Does fake news have its own history? Have we been here before?

Join Professor Jo Fox, director of the Institute of Historical Research, for a discussion of this topical and important subject.
Jo will be joined by the historians Professor Sarah Knott (Indiana University), Dr Charlotte Faucher (British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow at Manchester), and Dr James Crossland (Liverpool John Moores). The panel will be chaired by Professor Hannah Barker (Manchester and director of the John Rylands Research Institute).

The panel is the closing event of IHR@Manchester: a day workshop for ECR historians and history librarians, jointly organised by the IHR and John Rylands Research Institute. In the spirit of the day’s workshop, ‘Truth lies and history’ will engage with audience members on historians’ approaches to truths and falsehoods.

The event is free and all are welcome. It will be followed by a drinks reception (6.15-7.15pm) at the John Rylands Library.

About the panellists:

Hannah Barker is Professor of British History at the University of Manchester, and director of the John Rylands Research Institute. She is a historian of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain, with a focus on industrial and business history.

Jo Fox is director of the IHR and Professor of Modern History at the University of London. She is a specialist in histories of rumour, propaganda and fake news. Her latest book, Propaganda and Conflict: War, Media and Shaping the Twentieth Century, was published by Bloomsbury in May 2019.

Sarah Knott is Associate Professor in History at Indiana University, Bloomington, and Visiting Professor at the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University (2019-20). A historian of gender identities and of the revolutionary era, Sarah’s latest book, Mother. An Unconventional History, was published by penguin in March 2019.

Charlotte Faucher is a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Manchester. She is a historian of cultural propaganda in mid- twentieth-century Europe, specialising in the history of wartime France.

James Crossland is Senior Lecturer in International History at Liverpool John Moores University. A historian of strategic propaganda and pre-1945 intelligence history, his recent publications include 'Fake News is Old News', History Today (2018) and War, Law and Humanity: the Campaign to Control Warfare, 1853-1914 (Bloomsbury, 2018). 


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