History Slam Episode 102: Andrea Eidinger of Unwritten Histories

By Sean Graham

It’s not exactly a hot take to say that the digital landscape has significantly altered the way in which we consume content. From text to video to audio, we can get (pretty much) everything on-demand. The benefit of this is that it’s possible to find whatever strikes your fancy, but the challenge is trying to stand out and find readers/viewers/listeners in an increasingly saturated market.

That’s what makes what Andrea Eidinger has done over at Unwritten Histories so impressive. In producing original blog posts, she is contributing terrific new material about Canadian history, both in looking at the past and exploring how we study history today. A significant aspect of the latter of these are her recaps, which include a weekly roundup of Canadian history and a monthly list of the best scholarly articles. In curating these lists, she has not only established herself as one of the leading authorities on the state of history in this country, but has also provided an invaluable resource for historians, students, and the public.

In this episode of the History Slam, I talk with Andrea about Unwritten Histories. We chat about the blog’s origins, the process of curating her lists, and how she manages to produce so much original content. We also talk about the state of the field in 2017, how history can be improved in schools, and what the future may hold for history in Canada.

Sean Graham is an editor with Activehistory.ca and host/producer of the History Slam Podcast.

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