Our approach to reparative public humanities is inspired by the “history workshop” movements designed to facilitate more participatory, inclusive, and transformative interventions in history and memory. We utilize the framework of public history as a form of engaged humanities scholarship that has the capacity to make these interventions.
Often facilitated by political activists, freelance historians and others committed to social change, history workshops focused on studying local history, down to the neighborhood level, disrupting hierarchies of expertise, and on making plain the connections between historical processes and contemporary life to understand and counter structures of inequality and marginalization.
M4F Workshops will generate a series of public programs and resources
. Studiolab teams will collaborate with community partners on projects culminating in public-engaging activities, exhibitions, programs, and other interventions. We will host public conversations between scholars, activists, creatives, curators, archivists, students, and others in the Studiolab space, as well as film screenings, exhibitions, and other programs. These will facilitate multi-directional memory, including the difficult yet necessary dialogue between different local constituencies, and feed back into project planning and development.More about M4F Projects