International Conference of Historical Geographers 2015

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81 British Academy geography lecture: Who reads geography or history anymore? The challenge of audience in a digital age
Convenor(s) Felix Driver (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)
Timetable Tuesday 07 July 2015, Plenary/evening (18:00 - 19:30)
Room RGS-IBG Ondaatje Theatre
Session abstract ICHG delegates are warmly invited to join guests of the British Academy, members/Fellows of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), and members of the public at the first British Academy Geography Lecture.
Contact the conference organisers to request a change to session or paper details: admin@ICHG2015.org
Who reads geography or history anymore? The challenge of audience in a digital age
William Cronon (University of Wisconsin, USA)
The disciplines of history and geography favour quite different rhetorical venues for communicating their research findings. Geography long ago joined the rest of the sciences in preferring peer-reviewed journal articles as its principal mode of professional communication, whereas history is one of the last remaining disciplines still committed primarily to the book-length monograph. Neither format seems ideally suited to the increasingly dominant rhetorical media created by the digital revolution. How might geographers and historians best respond to the challenge of reaching academic and non-academic audiences in the 21st century?