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Barcelona Rebelde // Barcelona

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    The Barcelona not found in the guidebooks
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    Mixed guided tour and street theatre
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    Ramblas
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    Tour of the May Events of 1937


Barcelona Rebelde is an initiative by a group of young historians who want to use different media to communicate the history of Barcelona from below: the Barcelona of anonymous men and women and their uprisings against conscription, consumption taxes, mechanisation, the nobility, centralism, fascism, and for the revolution. A range of historic tours are offered in order to understand these events. Most of them are in Spanish, some in English. Most are straightforward guided tours, some are theatrical street interventions.

“Thanks for contributing to keeping history alive. The Barcelona of 1936 gives hope that a better world is possible.”

– Armando Oviedo

 

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May 23rd, 2014

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Il Caso S. // Bologna



Based in Bologna, Italy, Il Caso S. is a radical history project which emphasises the social value of historical studies. Founded in 2011 by a group of university students, it soon became animated by a larger group of people passionate about history. The collective – which recently turned into cultural association – remains active in finding new and socially inventive ways to curate and communicate history outside academia: from mainly web-based activities to public events, debates and presentations, as well as radio broadcasts and student seminars. Topics covered range from the 1953 workers’ uprising in East Berlin, to the anti-colonialism of Frantz Fanon and the 1977 police shooting of Francesco Lorusso in Bologna. Il Caso S. aim to link the local to the global and use a combination of perspectives and approaches such as those found in the study of labour history, environmental justice, and gender…. to mention but a few.

“A tutti quelli che hanno sempre visto la Storia come uno sforzo inutile e pedante basterà stringere amicizia con un tale Solomon Shereshevsky per ricredersi.”

– Gaia Celeste

 

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May 23rd, 2014

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Unofficial Histories // Hebden Bridge

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    Matt Fish and Rob Logan at Unofficial Histories, Huddersfield, 2014
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    David Rosenberg at Unofficial Histories, Manchester, 2013
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    The International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam
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Unofficial Histories is a public conference to discuss how society produces, presents, and consumes history beyond official and elite versions of the past. Established in 2012, the conference aims to open up to examination the ways in which historians, curators, writers, journalists, artists, archivists, geographers, film makers, musicians, playwrights, activists and others, produce and present the past in the public realm, popular culture and in everyday life. Amongst many other concerns, the conference strives to consider whether the writing, making and ‘doing’ of unofficial histories can have political effects that might serve democratic and emancipatory goals, and if and how they can be seen as sources of dissent and resistance against conventional, privileged models of historical knowledge.

“…a coming together of historians – academic, students and members of the public – to look at history as it is being presented today. It stepped out of the straight jacket of academia and actually took history to the public – an amazing weekend.”

– Janet Sullivan

 

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May 23rd, 2014

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Stoneybatter & Smithfield People’s History Project // Dublin 7

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    1913 Tenement Life
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    Revolutionary women walking tour
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    Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin 7
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    Bob Doyle


The Stoneybatter and Smithfield Peoples History Project is an initiative in Dublin 7. Through a range of events the project wants to promote both the history of the area and also broader Dublin history. Their last bigger event, the Street Stories Festival, took place on the weekend of 26th to 28th September, 2014, and consisted of talks, live music, walking tours, stalls, films and exhibitions.

“Such an important job. Lets recover our real history. To restore the sense of community and share knowledge.”

– Gala Vignoli

 

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May 23rd, 2014

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Bristol Radical History Group

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    Since 2006
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    Events
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    2 of 28 pamphlets from the Bristol Radical Pamphleteer
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The Bristol Radical History Group was formed in 2006 with a view of opening up some of the hidden history of their home city to public scrutiny, to challenge some commonly held ideas about historical events and approach this history from below. In the tradition of the History Workshop movement the genesis of BRHG was in a sports club rather than the academy. Over the last decade BRHG has been able to successfully integrate the formal lecture with street performance, the organic intellectual with the academic, and engage the public in the excitement of radical history by the use of different media, such as public talks, recreations, film screenings, historic markers and pamphlets. BRHG is currently engaged in several research projects and has helped form a number of community and campaigning history groups in the city.

“Lest we forget, the Bristol Radical History Group has renewed the History Workshop tradition in many ways.”

– Peter Linebaugh

 

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May 23rd, 2014