Società italiana per lo studio della storia contemporanea

Caricamento Eventi


11/02/2015 - 13/02/2015

Public History and the Media

11 February 2015 – Villa Schifanoia

12 February 2015 – Villa Salviati

13 February 2015 – Badia Fiesolana


Scientific organizers: Luca Molà, Serge Noiret, Lucy Riall

Administrative coordinator: Sandra Toffolo

Secretary: Laura Borgese

The organizers extend a special thanks to the Max Weber Programme’s Academic Careers Observatory, the President’s Office of the EUI and the Historical Archives of the European Union for their support for this workshop.


In recent decades, public enthusiasm for history and popular engagement with the past has grown dramatically. The popularity of history is manifested most visibly in the proliferation of television documentaries and historical dramas but it is also discernible in the rebirth of the historical novel, the organization of large-scale commemorations of historical anniversaries, the development of new historical museums and exhibitions, re-enactments and living history activities and the emergence of public history as a separate field of academic study. Digitization has also brought history and historical research to the broader public in hitherto unconceivable ways. Yet, for the most part, and with some notable exceptions, academic historians have remained extraneous to these developments, and their relationship to the public is different from that of public historians.

Is this difference between academic and public historians only about different professional ambitions, separate audiences and a different use of communication media? While it is not possible to become a public historian without an academic background, it is possible to be an academic historian without engaging in public history. Both are professional historians working with the past: their roles and their audiences are complementary although their practices are different in terms of methodology and forms of communication. Moreover, the development of public history raises questions about historical interpretation and the political use of the past that concern all historians, and should provoke a debate about ownership of the past in which both academic and public historians have much to contribute.

This workshop brings together a number of leading practitioners in the field of public history and the media to discuss the current state of the field and in order to explore the relationship between public history and academic history.

The first day of the workshop will be given over to exploring the relationship between history and media culture, with panels on oral history, publishing and teaching, films and the phenomenon of so-called ‘media dons’. The second day will focus on digital public history tools, practices and narratives. The third day will deal with the history of public history in the USA, discuss public history as an alternative career and look at public history in museums and exhibitions.

Day 1

Wednesday 11 February 2015 – Villa Schifanoia, Sala Europa

8.30-9.00 Registration (Sala Bandiere)

9.00-9.30 Welcome and Introduction


9.30-11.00 Session 1 - Oral History


Luisa Passerini (EUI)

‘L’Archivio degli Iblei’ and ‘Terramatta’: Sharing Memories Publically

Chiara Ottaviano (Cliomedia Officina, Turin)

Oral History and Video Performance

Giovanni Contini Bonacossi (Associazione Italiana Storia Orale)

‘Italy in a Day’ by Gabriele Salvatores: The First Italian User Generated Film

Ilaria Castiglioni (Indiana Production, Milan)

11.00-11.30 Coffee Break


11.30-13.00 Session 2 - Publishing


Lucy Riall (EUI)

Big History: Making New History Books into Major Events

Simon Winder (Penguin)

From Written to Live History: A Publisher’s Experience

Giuseppe Laterza (Laterza Editore)

13.00-14.30 Lunch


14.30-16.00 Session 3 - Teaching Public History and the Use of Textbooks


Stéphane Van Damme (EUI)

Inventing Europe: Teaching Europe Through the Lens of Technology

Suzanne Lommers (Foundation for the History of Technology)

Master Narratives and History Education: Wasn’t the Spanish Reconquest Actually a Conquest?

Mario Carretero (EUI & Universidad Autonoma Madrid)

Teaching Digital Public History

Enrica Salvatori (Università degli Studi di Pisa)

16.00-16.15 Break


16.15-17.15 Session 4 - TV and Radio


Youssef Cassis (EUI)

Broadcasting History: The Constraints and Possibilities of the Medium

Luca Molà (EUI) and Lucy Riall (EUI) in conversation with Amanda Vickery (Queen Mary University of London)

17.15-17.45 Coffee Break

17.45-20.15 Rai Fiction Film: Un mondo nuovo - Altiero Spinelli


Pier Virgilio Dastoli (Consiglio Italiano del Movimento Europeo) and Alberto Negrin (Director)

Projection of the Film (with English subtitles)

Q & A


Day 2

Thursday 12 February 2015 – Historical Archives of the

European Union, Villa Salviati

9.00-9.45 Keynote Lecture - What is Digital Public History?

Mark Tebeau (Arizona State University)


9.45-11.15 Session 5 - Digital Public History Narratives


Rebecca Conard (Middle Tennessee State University)

Urban Media Archive in the City of Lviv: From Collecting to Engaging

Bohdan Shumylovych (EUI & Center for Urban History of East-Central Europe)

CENDARI: The Collaborative European Digital Archive Infrastructure for the Study of WW1 and Medieval Culture

Andrea Buchner (University of Birmingham)

From the War to the Web: Crossing Borders with the Europeana 1914-1918 Project

Ad Pollé (Europeana)

11.15-11.45 Coffee Break

11.45-13.15 Session 6 - Digital Archives


Dieter Schlenker (EUI-Historical Archives of the European Union)

The Medici Archive: Private Collection and Public Use

Alessio Assonitis (The Medici Archive Project)

The Venice Time Machine Project

Frédéric Kaplan (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)

13.15-15.00 Lunch


15.00-16.30 Session 7 - Mobile and Time-Based History


Mark Tebeau (Arizona State University)

Memory Sharing and the New Media in Exhibiting Florence 1940-1944

Valeria Galimi (Università della Tuscia)

Oral History Contents in the Web: The Memoro Archive

Luca Novarino (Memoro Project)

In Susan Horner’s Florence

Alyson Price (The British Institute of Florence)

16.30-17.00 Coffee Break


17.00-18.30 Session 8 - European Narratives


Federico Romero (EUI)

Writing a New History of Europe

Frédéric Clavert (Labex EHNE, Paris)

Using EU Websites for the History of European Integration

Dieter Schlenker (EUI-Historical Archives of the European Union)

HistoGraph: Human and Machine Computation for European Integration Studies

Lars Wieneke (CVCE Luxembourg)


Day 3

Friday 13 February 2015 – Badia Fiesolana, Refectory


9.00-10.30 Session 9 - Public History in the USA


Serge Noiret (EUI)

The Pragmatic Turn in American Historical Thought and Public History Education in the United States

Rebecca Conard (Middle Tennessee State University)

Reflective Practice: Public History’s Signature Pedagogy

Patricia Mooney-Melvin (Loyola University Chicago)

Public History in the 21st Century: Entrepreneurial Practice within a Shifting Professional Market

Patrick Moore (President National Council on Public History; University of West Florida, Pensacola; Historical Research Associates)

10.30-11.00 Coffee Break


11.00-13.00 Session 10 - EUI HEC Alumni Roundtable

Which Kind of Public Historians Are We? Public History as an Alternative Job Market for EUI Alumni


Thomas Cauvin (University of Louisiana at Lafayette)


Dan H. Andersen (Freelance Historian, Reenactor, and Writer, Copenhagen)

Jozefien De Bock (Curator Project Migration, STAM -City Museum Ghent)

Christine Dupont (European Parliament-House of History)

Torsten Feys (Public History Programme Ghent University)

Ciaran O’Scea (Curator, Irish and the Spanish Monarchy Exhibition, Archivo General de Simancas)

Sven Mesinovic (Museumspädagoge (freelance) Stiftung Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin)

Markus J. Prutsch (European Parliament)

Aurora Savelli (Portale ‘Storia di Firenze’)

Sandra Toffolo (EUI-European History Primary Sources)

Gerben Zaagsma (Project Anne Frank, Lichtenberg-Kolleg - the Göttingen Institute of Advanced Study)

13.00-14.30 Lunch


14.30-17.00 Session 11 - Museums and Exhibitions


Luca Molà (EUI)

Narrating Europe in a Museum? The House of European History

Étienne Deschamps (European Parliament)

Origins and Evolution of a Private Museum

Stefania Ricci (Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Florence)

Museum-Based Research: The View from the Victoria & Albert

Bill Sherman (Victoria & Albert Museum) & Marta Ajmar (Victoria & Albert Museum)

17.00-17.30 Concluding Remarks and Coffee



Medici Archive Project

Cliomedia Officina

Portale ‘Storia di Firenze’

The British Institute of Florence

Center for Urban History of East-Central Europe

National Council on Public History

Centre virtuel de la connaissance de l’Europe

European History Primary Sources

International Federation for Public History

Museo Salvatore Ferragamo

European University Institute

European University Institute

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