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Packaging the Past
One of IPUP’s major research interests is in the particular relationship between the media and the past, and most especially, the way in which its aspects might be packaged, presented, and portrayed so that it may be available for a mass audience, as either entertainment or education (or, most frequently, a mixture of the two). Fundamental to exploring this as a research project have been two guiding principles: firstly, the need to understand something like a television series not as a single media output, but instead as a long-term and collaborative process that involves multiple viewpoints and contains within it numerous conflicts and editorial decisions; and secondly, the need to view media versions of the past not as inherently untrustworthy things, but rather as adaptations that might educate and inform us about contemporary public perceptions of the past.
Exploring the relationship between history and the public realm.
Exploring the relationship between art history and the public realm.
Exploring the relationship between archaeology and the public realm.