World History and Perspectivity: Between Necessity and Opportunity
This contribution argues for the need to reconsider the role of (material) evidence and how availability (or lack thereof) frames perceptions and narration; it also argues for more consideration of the role of the visual in the present-day highly mediatized access to knowledge. As perspectivity is by necessity involved in the way history is written, it calls for awareness of how its addressee and different national academia and institutional frameworks impact the way world history is conceptualized. Any potentially ‘single story’ will have to confront a plurality of audiences and needs, especially in classrooms with a mixed student body. World history writing needs to avoid teleological selectivity, but offers the opportunity of a dialogue about historical perceptions to contribute to peace education.