Revealing History, Revealing Now

What:
Panel
When:
Friday Mar 25   05:30 PM to 06:30 PM (1 hour)
Where:
Hilton Deansgate - Room 8&9
Tags:
Literature Cultures
We think of historical fantasy and alternate history as changing the past: but can they be used, instead, to reveal it? How do the tools of SF and fantasy enable writers to tell stories that allow us to think differently about our understanding of history? How can such stories help us to better understand the present? (And which "us" is defining "our", in any case?)