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Mario Carretero: "Historical Narratives and the Construction of National Identities"

Bliss Carnochan Visitor

Memory construction and national identity are key issues for societies. How can we believe and give sense to traditional narratives that explain the origins of nations and communities? History taught at school plays a fundamental role in the construction of collective memory, as childhood and adolescence are periods in life in which identity starts to form. This talk will present the ways in which historical knowledge is understood by students from 12 to 18 years of age and by adults. Carretero will draw on research from his recent book, "Constructing Patriotism. Teaching History and Memories in Global Worlds" (2011). 

Mario Carretero is in residence at the Center as the Bliss Carnochan Distinguished Visitor and a FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor. 

Carretero is Professor of Psychology at the Universidad Autonoma, Madrid/Flacso Buenos Aires. 



Tuesday, January 24, 2012. 05:00 PM


Stanford Humanities Center Levinthal Hall