Public History


United States

Episode Description

Durba Ghosh introduces the AHR forum “Mismonumentalizing and Decolonizing: Public History as History for the Public.” We also hear from one of the forum’s contributors—Thomas Adams and Sue Mobley—on their work on recent efforts to rename streets in New Orleans.

Show Notes

In this Episode

Durba Ghosh (Professor of History at Cornell University)

Sue Mobley (New Orleans based organizer/activist/urbanist; Director of Research at Monument Lab)

Thomas J. Adams (Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and History at the University of South Alabama)

Matt Hermane (Producer, PhD Candidate in History at Indiana University, Bloomington)

Daniel Story (Host and Producer, Digital Scholarship Librarian at UC Santa Cruz)


Durba Ghosh, “Mismonumentalizing and Decolonizing: Public History as History for the Public”

Jayanta Sengupta, “Masking Statues, Unmasking Policies: “Decolonizing” the Victoria Memorial Hall”

Mathura Umachandran, “Mismonumentality: Remembering Empire with Kara Walker’s Fons Americanus”

Arielle Xena Alterwaite, “Slavery and Social Debt”

Tawny Paul, “Commemorative Street Naming: Fungibility, Ownership, and the Renaming of MLK Boulevard in Los Angeles”

Thomas J. Adams and Sue Mobley, “Engraving Egalité in New Orleans: Street Renaming and the Municipal Politics of History”


By Blue Dot Sessions

Archival and Other Sources

Tate promo for Kara Walker’s Fons Americanus

Sky News clip of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral procession

Sky News clip on statues in the UK


Produced by Daniel Story and Matt Hermane

Audio engineering and transcription support by Phoebe Rettberg