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Lecture | Museum Talks

What are we remembering when Nothing happened?

Wednesday 12 April 2023
Museum Talks at the Leiden Department of Art History
Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden
Telders Auditorium

If the past is what happened and history is what we remember and write about it, what do we remember or write about when “nothing happened”? Looking at Nothing in particular can be a good way of thinking about the meaning of the past, of changes good and bad, of what has happened and what could or maybe should have happened. Thinking about Nothing can be a way of doing history.

Susan A. Crane is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Arizona. She is the author, most recently, of Nothing Happened: A History (Stanford University Press, 2021) and editor of The Cultural History of Memory in the Nineteenth Century (Bloomsbury, 2020). In March-April 2023, she is a visiting researcher at the Leiden University Institute for History.

This lecture is part of the “Museum Talks” series organized by the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS).  


Please visit the Museum Talks webpage to register for this event.

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