The field of public history is expanding rapidly. Similar to C²DH’s many activities, public history fosters accessibility, engagement, and participation for a wide range of people. The links between “history” and “publics” can take many forms including different audiences, contributors, spaces, projects, and uses of the past. In line with previous IFPH conferences, the 2024 event has an open call that invites proposals and discussions on history for, with, by, of, in, or among different publics.
Proposals may include (but are not limited to) the following topics:
- Museums, archives, collections
- Displaying, exhibiting, curating the past
- Cultural heritage (historic sites, monuments, historic preservation)
- (Video) games, audiovisual production, podcasts
- Oral history, memories, family and community histories
- Historical fiction, graphic novels, storytelling
- Reenactments, pageants, festivals, performances
- Digital public history (user-generated, crowdsourcing, social and transmedia)
- Shared authority, coproduction, community-based practices
- Commemoration, public policy, government, business, consulting, applied history
- Teaching, ethics, theories of public history
- Trauma, conflict, and reconciliation
- Human rights, inequalities and discrimination, social justice
- Migration, colonialism, decolonisation
- Environment, landscape, natural resources, climate change
Application and Terms of Attendance
To support accessibility, there will be no conference registration fee. However, all presenters have to be members of the IFPH - please consult the website of the IFPH for more information on memberships. While online attendance will be free, we encourage you all to become members of the IFPH. Unfortunately, the conference organisers cannot provide any travel fund.
Applicants can propose:
- a panel (thematic sessions, up to 4 presenters)
- a working group (to explore in depth a subject of shared concern before and during the annual meeting and working towards the creation of an end output, white paper, publications, reports, guidelines - up to 10 discussants)
- a workshop (hands-on and participatory experiences that impart practical information or skills)
- a single paper
- a poster (a separate call for poster proposals will be announced in early 2024)
If you wish to discuss your ideas about possible topics and sessions, you may use our online shared document.
Although fully online proposals are possible, we invite applicants to have at least one member of their session on-site to foster hybrid discussions. All sessions (including workshops) must be in English and will last 90 minutes.
Proposals (with abstracts and short biographies) must be submitted in English via our website.
For further details please visit our page of instructions for submitting a proposal.
All proposals are due by the 15th of November 2023.