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Tyson Ashley Retz

Associate Professor

HG O-237
Faculty of Arts and Education
Department of Cultural Studies and Languages
Bio

Tyson Retz obtained his PhD in history from the University of Melbourne (2016). He is the author of Empathy and History (Berghahn 2018), a dual exploration of empathy's intellectual and educational history. A full list of reviews is available here, including entries in the Journal of the Philosophy of History and Rethinking History.  

His current book project Progress and the Scale of History will soon appear in the Cambridge Elements series Historical Theory and Practice. The Element explores the idea of progress within different conceptions of history from antiquity to the present day. Retz is also the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles that share a concern with history as a form of knowledge. He is currently an editor of the Bloomsbury History: Theory and Method digital resource. 

Visiting appointments have taken him to the University of British Columbia (2014), Tallinn University (2018) and the University of Oslo (2021). Email tyson.retz@uis.no

PhD supervisions: Jacob Tom (2021-24), The Idea of Progress in Norwegian Modernist Literature.

Peer-reviewed scholarly works:

Books

  • Empathy and History: Historical Understanding in Re-enactment, Hermeneutics and Education. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2018. In paperback in 2022 with a foreword by Allan Megill. 

Articles / chapters

  • ‘Didactics’, in Routledge Companion to Historical Theory, ed. Chiel van den Akker, 414-29. London: Routledge, 2022.
  • 'The Open Future in Peril: the Anthropocene and the Political Agent of Humanistically Oriented Historiography', Rethinking History 25, 4 (2021), 440-57. 
  • ‘Empathy’, in Bloomsbury History: Theory and Method, eds Stefan Berger, Berber Bevernage, Maria Grever, Tracey Loughran, Edward Wang and Ogechukwu Williams. London: Bloomsbury, 2021.
  • ‘Teaching Empathy and the Critical Examination of Historical Evidence’, in Historical Thinking for History Teachers, eds Tim Allender, Anna Clark and Robert Parkes, 89–101. Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 2019.  
  • and Stuart Macintyre, ‘The Honours Conception of History’, History Australia 15, 4 (2018), 804–22.
  • ‘Why Re-enactment is not Empathy, Once and for All’, Journal of the Philosophy of History 11, 4 (2017), 606–23.
  • ‘The Structure of Historical Inquiry’, Educational Philosophy and Theory 49, 6 (2017), 606–17.
  • ‘At the Interface: Academic History, School History and the Philosophy of History’, Journal of Curriculum Studies 48, 4 (2016), 503–17.                              
  • ‘History, the Philosophy of History and History Education’, Agora (Sungraphô) 50, 1 (2015), 4–11.
  • ‘A Moderate Hermeneutical Approach to Empathy in History Education’, Educational Philosophy and Theory 47, 3 (2015), 214–26.

In production:

  • ‘Inside Historical Re-enactment’, in Historical Reenactment: New Ways of Experiencing History, eds Mario Carretero and Everardo Perez-Manjarrez. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, forthcoming 2021/2022.

Edited works:

  • Bloomsbury History: Theory and Method (digital resource), section editor "Historiography, Theory and Method"
  • guest editor, Educational Philosophy and Theory 49, 6 (2017), history education special issue. See also the introduction. 

Other articles:

  • ‘Historical Reenactment: Limitations and Possibilities’, Fortid 17, 2 (2020), 38–41.
  • ‘Limitaciones y posibilidades de la reconstrucción histórica’, Íber. Didáctica de las Ciencias Sociales, Geografía e Historia 97 (2019), 35–40. 
  • ‘Against Empathy in History?’ Public History Weekly 6 (2018), 27.
  • ‘Doing Historical Empathy’, Agora 47, 3 (2012), 40–46.

Reviews and commentary:

  • ‘Tolstoy’s Anthropocene’, commentary on Zoltán Boldizsár Simon, ‘The Role of History in an Anthropocenic Knowledge Regime’, Public History Weekly 9 (2021), 1.
  • Review of Michael J. Kelly and Arthur Rose (eds), Theories of History: History Read across the Humanities. London: Bloomsbury, 2018. Journal of Cognitive Historiography 5, 1–2 (2018–19). 4 pp.
  • Review of Georgios Patios, Kierkegaard on the Philosophy of History. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. International Network for Theory of History.

Media and interviews:

  • ‘The Question of Scale in History and History Education’, #PastFwd provocation, 13 November 2020.
  • I Bokhylla – ‘Theories of History’, Fortid 16, 4 (2019), p. 112-113
  • ‘How Empathy Can Help Students Grasp Past and Present’, Alpha Galileo, 12 March 2019.
  • Emerging Historians Q&A – Tyson Retz. Australian Historical Association.
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Publications
  • Vitenskapelige publikasjoner
    • Retz, Tyson

      (2022)

      Didactics. I: The Routledge companion to historical theory.

      Routledge

      ISBN 9780367421083.

      s.414-429.

      DOI: 10.4324/9780367821814-26

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2021)

      Tolstoy's Anthropocene.

      Public History Weekly

      ISSN 2197-6376.

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2021)

      The Open Future in Peril: the Anthropocene and the Political Agent of Humanistically Oriented Historiography.

      Rethinking history

      ISSN 1364-2529.

      Volum 25.

      Hefte 4.

      DOI: 10.1080/13642529.2021.1984678

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2021)

      Empathy. I: Bloomsbury history : theory & method.

      ISBN 9781350212510.

      DOI: 10.5040/9781350970809.007

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2020)

      Historical Reenactment: Limitations and Possibilities.

      Fortid

      ISSN 1504-1913.

      Volum 17.

      Hefte 2.

      s.38-41.

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2019)

      Limitacions y posibildades de la reconstrucción histórica.

      Iber: Didáctica de las Ciencias Sociales, Geographía et Historia

      ISSN 1133-9810.

      Hefte 97.

      s.45-50.

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2019)

      Teaching empathy and the critical examination of historical evidence. I: Historical thinking for history teachers : a new approach to engaging students and developing historical consciousness.

      Allen & Unwin

      ISBN 9781760295516.

      s.89-101.

      DOI: 10.4324/9781003115977-9

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2018)

      Empathy and History: Historical Understanding in Re-enactment, Hermeneutics and Education .

      Berghahn Books

      ISBN 9781785339196.

    • Retz, Tyson; Macintyre, Stuart

      (2018)

      The honours conception of history.

      History Australia

      ISSN 1449-0854.

      Volum 15.

      Hefte 4.

      s.804-822.

      DOI: 10.1080/14490854.2018.1514267

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2018)

      Against Empathy in History?.

      Public History Weekly

      ISSN 2197-6376.

      Volum 6.

      Hefte 27.

      DOI: 10.1515/phw-2018-12489

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2017)

      The structure of historical inquiry.

      Educational Philosophy and Theory

      ISSN 0013-1857.

      Volum 49.

      Hefte 6.

      s.606-617.

      DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2015.1101365

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2017)

      Why re-enactment is not empathy, once and for all.

      Journal of the Philosophy of History

      ISSN 1872-261X.

      Volum 11.

      Hefte 4.

      s.606-623.

      DOI: 10.1163/18722636-12341376

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2016)

      At the interface: academic history, school history and the philosophy of history.

      Journal of Curriculum Studies

      ISSN 0022-0272.

      Volum 48.

      Hefte 4.

      s.503-517.

      DOI: 10.1080/00220272.2015.1114151

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2015)

      History, the philosophy of history and history education.

      Agora (Melbourne)

      ISSN 0044-6726.

      Volum 50.

      Hefte 1.

      s.4 -11.

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2015)

      A moderate hermeneutical approach to empathy in history education.

      Educational Philosophy and Theory

      ISSN 0013-1857.

      Volum 47.

      Hefte 3.

      s.214-216.

      DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2013.838661

  • Bøker og kapitler
  • Formidling
    • Retz, Tyson

      (2022)

      Progress and the Scale of History.

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2022)

      Progress and Time.

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2022)

      Organiser and chair, ‘Environmental Hermeneutics and Ecocriticism'..

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2022)

      Organiser and chair, "Environmental Hermeneutics, Place and Rewilding" by Martin Drenthen (Radboud University, Netherlands).

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2021)

      Empathy and History.

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2021)

      Progress and the Scale of History.

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2021)

      The Idea of Progress.

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2021)

      Progress and the Scale of History.

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2021)

      The Concept of Progress: New Explorations.

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2021)

      The Idea of Progress in the Eighteenth Century.

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2021)

      Five Categories of Progress.

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2021)

      The Hermeneutics of Question and Answer.

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2020)

      The Open Future as a Moral Imperative .

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2020)

      The Question of Scale in History and History Education.

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2020)

      Chair and discussant, Powerful Knowledge in Historical Teaching and Learning, guest seminar with Arthur Chapman (UK) and Kenneth Nodgren (Sweden). .

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2019)

      How empathy can help students grasp past and present.

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2019)

      History, Science and Politics: Collingwood and Popper in the Interwar Years .

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2019)

      History, Science, and the Concept of Progress in Twentieth-Century Political Thought .

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2019)

      Empathy and Perspective Taking .

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2019)

      Theories of History: History Read across the Humanities, reviewed by Tyson Retz.

      Journal of Cognitive Historiography

      ISSN 2051-9672.

      Volum 5.

      Hefte 1-2.

      DOI: 10.1558/jch.39544

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2019)

      A Method for Progress: Popper and Collingwood.

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2019)

      History's Disciplinary Identity .

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2019)

      I bokhylla - Theories of History .

      Fortid

      ISSN 1504-1913.

      Volum 16.

      Hefte 4.

      s.112-113.

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2018)

      Colligation in Historical Method.

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2018)

      The poverty of whose historicism? .

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2018)

      Whose historical consciousness? .

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2018)

      Inside Historical Re-enactment.

    • Retz, Tyson

      (2018)

      Emerging Historians Q&A—Tyson Retz.

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2017)

      Empathy in Historical Understanding (lecture series 5/7).

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2017)

      Empathy in Historical Understanding (lecture series 2/7).

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2017)

      Empathy in Historical Understanding (lecture series 3/7).

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2017)

      Empathy in Historical Understanding (lecture series 7/7).

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2017)

      The State of History as a Discipline in Australian Universities.

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2017)

      Empathy in Historical Understanding (lecture series 6/7).

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2017)

      Empathy in Historical Understanding (lecture series 1/7).

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2017)

      Empathy in Historical Understanding (lecture series 4/7).

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2017)

      The Logic of Question and Answer.

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2017)

      Introduction to history education special issue.

      Educational Philosophy and Theory

      ISSN 0013-1857.

      Volum 49.

      Hefte 6.

      s.588-592.

      DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2016.1179555

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2016)

      Struggles over the Teaching of History in Australian Schools.

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2016)

      Academic History and School History.

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2015)

      Empathy in Historical Method.

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2015)

      The Structure of Historical Inquiry.

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2015)

      Structural Concepts in the Teaching of History.

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2015)

      At the Interface: Academic History, School History and the Philosophy of History.

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2015)

      The Logic of Question and Answer: the Twentieth Century’s Answer to Historicist Naïveté.

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2014)

      Manuel Gelman’s Contribution to French Language and Culture in Australia.

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2014)

      Comments on historical consciousness .

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2013)

      Historical Empathy or Empathy-in-History? Conceptual Considerations.

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2013)

      Explaining Human Agency in History Education: Empathy or Rational Understanding?.

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2013)

      Writing and Research.

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2012)

      Doing historical empathy.

      Agora (Melbourne)

      ISSN 0044-6726.

      Volum 47.

      Hefte 3.

      s.40-46.

    • Retz, Tyson Ashley

      (2012)

      Reflections on Practice.

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