We’ve got exciting news! We’ll be at this year’s National Council on Public History Annual Meeting discussing Public History Ryan Gosling and the use of popular culture to engage with online audiences. Stay tuned for some new images in anticipation of the conference, and find us on Twitter or follow the hashtag #phrg2013 for updates about our panel. Feel free to ask us any questions and join in the conversation about digital media and the practice of public history.
Please check out this article written by yours truly, Public History Ryan Gosling’s creators Rachel Boyle and Anne E. Cullen, on the National Council on Public History's blog History@Work. We were elated when public historian extraordinaire Cathy Stanton reached out to us to submit a blog post about our experiences writing PHRG.
We’ve used the opportunity to explore the successes, failures and other implications of this project and really look forward to any feedback or comments you might have to share with us.
After too much academic reading and Ryan Gosling Google-image searching, we think it’s time to finally introduce ourselves, the writers of this silly, yet (hopefully!) thought-provoking blog we like to call Public History Ryan Gosling. Both graduate students at Loyola University Chicago and former History BA’s from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, our names are Rachel Boyle and Anne E. Cullen.
Rachel just finished her first year in the joint Public History/American History PhD Program at Loyola. Annie just finished her first year of Loyola’s Public History Masters Program.
The genesis of this project dates back to some friendly banter and joking in one of our graduate courses entitled Public History: Theory and Methodology (taught by Dr. Patricia Mooney-Melvin). Serving as a welcome distraction from oral history transcription and the source of perhaps too much amusement, this project has now reached close to 60,000 people. The blog has attracted attention from prominent public history and popular culture websites, stimulated meaningful online conversation, and entertained thousands of public history professionals, students, and history buffs. We strongly believe the overwhelming success of this project illustrates the power of digital media and popular culture to act as tools for public historians. To this end, we are currently working on additional projects to explore the successes, implications, and potential shortcomings of Public History Ryan Gosling including a forthcoming scholarly article. Stay tuned!
To contact us, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And, we can’t forget some acknowledgements. We didn’t do this alone! Inspiration, ideas for posts, and help with live-tweeting at the NCPH/OAH 2012 Annual Meeting came from our colleagues and friends Melissa D’Lando, Kristin Emery, Devin Hunter, Will Ippen, Laura Johns, Dan Ott, Andrew Raffaele, Greg Ruth, Amelia Serafine, and many others we’re sure we’re forgetting. Thanks for an overwhelming amount of support and encouragement goes to Drs. Ted Karamanski, Patricia Mooney-Melvin, and Kyle Roberts at Loyola University Chicago and Dr. Lynn M. Hudson at Macalester College.
(To read more of our public history musings in a digital media platform, and those of our colleagues, visit our student-run public history blog The Lakefront Historian.)
Last, but certainly not least, our warmest thanks to Ryan for his good graces and handsome face. As he would say:
It's Clifford Geertz who did thick description and the whole meaning of a wink.
Hey girl, I love it when we engage in critical discourse. You’re so right that Clifford Geertz interrogated and popularized the notion of “thick description” by exploring the varied cultural meanings of a wink. However, Geertz was drawing from Gilbert Ryle’s discussion of winking and thick description in the philosophical work, “The Thinking of Thoughts: What is ‘Le Penseur’ Doing?” And when I wink at you, there is a whole other layer of meaning.