Listening Across Boundaries: Greg Dening and the Art of History-ing

Free Public Lecture

Listening Across Boundaries: Greg Dening and the Art of History-ing

This year’s Greg Dening Memorial Lecture features three early career scholars who will reflect on how Greg Dening’s path-breaking insights into listening across boundaries inform their individual work in the histories of culture, sound, migration and social life.

As a historian Greg Dening challenged norms: he interwove performance and imagination in 'sculpting narratives'; he called for researchers to listen for the authentic voices of forgotten people and to write history in the 'present participle'; he delighted in making nouns into verbs, terming the creation of history 'history-ing'.

Since 2009, the History Program at the University of Melbourne has hosted an annual Greg Dening Memorial Lecture, as well as awarding an annual Greg Dening Memorial Prize for the best graduate work in History, Classics or Archaeology that engages with the broad themes and methodologies that were resonant in Greg Dening's work and thinking.

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