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Dealing with difference: An interdisciplinary approach to analysing texts within history

Marianne Hicks
PhD student in history, The University of Western Australia
In second semester 2002, one of our first year units, Hitler the Holocaust and the Historians, was altered to include a series of 4 lectures on film, including a lecture on film theory, Schindler's List, Shoah, Life is Beautiful and The Tin Drum. The lecture series had not previously been included in the course. This paper will attempt to explore some of the issues I faced in preparing for and giving these lectures, and I'm sure many other lecturers have faced when trying to include material within a course from another discipline.

The incorporation of film theory into a unit predominantly concerned with historiography raised issues about interdisciplinarity. How do we allow interdisciplinary theoretical approaches from within a disciplinary context? How do we evaluate the 'truth claims' of divergent texts, from the historical monograph to film? What are some of the ethical and theoretical implications of dealing with diverse texts? In this paper my concern is not to answer or even delve into these issues in the depth that they require, but rather to narrate my experiences, as a first time lecturer delivering new material, in terms of these issues.

Please cite as: Hicks, M. (2003). Dealing with difference: An interdisciplinary approach to analysing texts within history. In Partners in Learning. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 11-12 February 2003. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2003/abstracts/hicks-abs.html

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