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Subject: Re: [APG] genealogy and academia
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2009 10:04:07 -0500
Any door that's open is better than one that's shut. Certainly our most
scholarly practitioners try to position us as historical researchers. But
"quickly gain wider legitimacy"? I wish, but biography and geography aren't
doing so well.
And a great deal of what's published as genealogy in periodicals -- outside of
the three or four flagship journals -- is likely to set professional
historians' teeth on edge in the same way that an online family tree with dead
people having children sets ours on edge.
> Should genealogy be a separate academic discipline? I've mixed feelings on
> the question myself. I think it would benefit more from being a
> sub-category under a department of History, maybe as a social history
> sub-discipline but I have something of a background in historical research
> so maybe a bias there.
> As a sub-category of a discipline like History that has a long and valued
> tradition, I think genealogy would quickly gain wider legitimacy and
> acceptance within academic circles.
> The boundaries between many disciplines are becoming blurred, and that would
> be true for genealogy as well. It will continue to straddle several
> disciplines, drawing concepts and approaches from each. At that point maybe
> it would become viable as a separate entity (or a collective subject
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