The vibrancy of History hinges upon the inclusion of all of its practitioners, beyond as well as within the academy.
As the boundaries expand, our profession will benefit by integrating historians in non-academic careers into the field’s leadership and decision-making.
How to practice history as the expansive discipline that it is? I believe the key lies in conceptualising the academic and public uses of history as extensions of one another, rather than opposite intellectual and experiential facets.
As digital tools shape novel modes of inquiry and scholarly communication, writing history becomes an act directed at a public audience rather than merely academic readers.