A wide-ranging conversation with Merle Eisenberg on the opportunities created for historians by media, old and new, to disseminate our ideas to the public. Among other things, I learned what a “press release” is and how it works, as well as how historians and scientists work differently with the press. Should we bring scholarly debates to the broader public? What do we lose when we craft a good story in order to do so successfully? We also talk about our pet peeves in films that tell a good story but get the facts so infuriatingly wrong.
Merle Eisenberg is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, University of Maryland. His research focuses on plague and pandemics and he is the co-host of the Infectious Historians podcast. You can learn more about Merle about his research on his university webpage or follow him on Twitter @MerleEisenberg
Had a great time going on "Byzantium & Friends" with Anthony Kaldellis to talk about "How can historians use new media to disseminate ideas?" Hosted on @Medievalists and can be found here: https://t.co/zLgawLmv6p or via the usual podcasting services. pic.twitter.com/33xsCRCfKg
— Merle Eisenberg (@MerleEisenberg) February 25, 2021
Byzantium & Friends is hosted by Anthony Kaldellis, Professor and Chair of the Department of Classics at The Ohio State University. You can follow him on his personal website.
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Top Image: Head of Herodotos, courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art