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Ilkka Lähteenmäki (2021) Transmedia history, Rethinking History, 25:3, 281-306, DOI:

Transmedia history

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Author: Lähteenmäki, Ilkka1
Organizations: 1Centre for Philosophical Studies of History, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-11-23


In this paper, I argue that history is a large-scale transmedia project that is not understood as such, and this causes friction when history is engaged with through media in which historical research is not usually presented. To do this, I go through Henry Jenkins’ ten-step definition of transmedia and argue that history matches the definition very well. This transmedia discussion brings forth the concept of ‘world-building’, in which narrative is superseded by world-building as the all-encompassing concept and as the beginning point of analysis. In the analysis, history (as a product of historiography) is treated as phenomenon instead of a discipline and compared to other forms of transmedia world-building.

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Series: Rethinking history
ISSN: 1364-2529
ISSN-E: 1470-1154
ISSN-L: 1364-2529
Volume: 25
Issue: 3
Pages: 281 - 306
DOI: 10.1080/13642529.2021.1963597
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 615 History and archaeology
Funding: This work was supported by the Oulun Yliopisto.
Copyright information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creative, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.