Research topic: Cultural history
Cultural history is the study of people's actions and ideas in both the past and the present. Cultural historians are concerned with the link between material culture and people's interpretation of reality.
The historical aspect of the field considers how objects, actions and narratives are repeated, copied, varied and altered, both over the course of time and in different geographical locations. The field's cultural aspect is expressed in how, for example, language, symbols and judgements affect people's actions and mindsets.
Tradition, change, innovation and dissemination are examples of cultural and historical processes that are studied by cultural historians.
Key concept pairs are: the general populace and the elite; knowledge and practice; oral and written culture; and nature and culture.
Cultural history is pluralistic in relation to the types of sources that may illuminate people's mindsets and actions. Field work and studies of historical sources are both core research methods in this area.