A quick word of introduction. I’ve been teaching history in universities since 2005 and researching/writing it in at least a semi-professional way since starting grad school in 2000. I don’t find academic history dull to produce or awful to read or I wouldn’t write it myself. But I hope this provides something a little different. A new venue, a distinct kind of outlet, maybe a different audience.
So I’m starting this blog for three broad reasons:
- To talk about the historical questions I care about in a new way, and for a different set of readers.
- To think aloud about the discipline of history, writing, teaching, and the academic world.
- To test ideas about how these connect to events in the real world, whatever/wherever that is.
I’m new to blogging so the whole thing’s an experiment, but at this point I have no specific plans to post about my children or my cats.
Maybe the title of the blog, “Memorious”, sounds pretentious. It’s from a Borges story, “Funes the Memorious”, and I picked it — ironically? — because it was the only thing I could call to mind when the moment came to type something. But it works. A student of mine pointed me to the story and to the observation in it that “to think is to forget a difference” — which the title character of the story, with perfect memory of details, was incapable of doing. Like the adage that those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it — but coming from the opposite direction — it’s a kind of warning.