Tans Lecture by Prof. Peter Frankopan, Professor of Global History at Oxford University
Do we have to know the past to understand the present? Many of us think so, but what kind of past is referred to or chosen? It can be viewed in many different ways and through many different lenses. The prosperous period often referred to as the Dutch Golden Age, for example, is usually interpreted as the period in which Dutch trade, military, science and art flourished, rather than viewed in the light of slavery and colonialism. Who decides which frame is chosen and can we get rid of these frames?
In this lecture, Peter Frankopan will talk about how conceptualising the past has helped distort how we look at history. He will explain how maps, dates and ideas about the past can hinder, rather than help our understanding of the world around us.
The Tans Lecture is organized every year to honour Dr. J. Tans (1912 - 1993), the founding father of Maastricht University.