Public History in Digital Transformation - PHW Young Researchers Workshop 2020

Public History in Digital Transformation - PHW Young Researchers Workshop 2020

Public History Weekly, vertreten durch Professur Gesellschaftswissenschaften PH FHNW, Institut für Geschichtsdidaktik und Erinnerungskulturen PH Luzern
Rigi Kulm
Muttenz / Luzern
Vom - Bis
02.07.2020 - 04.07.2020
Jan Hodel

Public History Weekly will hold an International Public History PhD Workshop with the title “Public History in Digital Transformation” on July 2-4 2020. The venue of the workshop will be the Hotel Rigi-Kulm in Switzerland.


The Workshop will offer an international group of 12 to 14 students, who are working on or have just finished an outstanding research project in the domain of Public History, a opportunity to meet for a workshop in Switzerland and to present, discuss, evaluate and improve their projects.


The workshop will offer a small and direct setting. Aside the group of students there will be only a small group of other attendants: The keynote speakers, the organizing group and members of the Public History Weekly Editorial Board. The general public will be able to take part through Live Streamcasts of all presentations and discussions and can ask and comment through dedicated social media offers.

The students will not only offer insight into their projects by a short 20 minute presentation, but will also prepare a thorough comment of 10 minutes on an assigned project of another member of the group. After presentation and comment there will be another 20 minutes of discussion, which will include all attendees of the workshop but also the interested public that can take part in the discussion through social media.

If projects and presentation of those projects meet the publication standards, the participants will be invited to publish an article regarding their project in the Public History Weekly journal.

The participants will also be entitled to have 1 to 1 talks with members of the evaluation board to give an additional academic feedback on their project.

Call for Proposals

The call for proposals will be open for doctorate projects only. The projects must address a topic of Public History in consideration of the effects of the Digital Transformation to this domain. Applications must include the following information: Name of Project, Duration (or Start Date) of the Project, Name and Affiliation of the Supervisor of the Project, the Research Question of the Project, an Overview of the Current State of Research Significant to the Project, Used Methodology, Data Base and Hypothesis. Applications must be send in via e-mail to the following address until January 1 2020: editorialboard[at]

Review Process

The review process of the proposals will be handled as follows: After a proposal is handed in at the organizing group, the application will be rendered anonymous and then be sent to two persons of the review board. This board consists of 6 persons which have an expert status in the field. Every application will be ranked by two review board member. The applicable criteria for the ranking are: methodological thoroughness, extent of innovative, original and „out of the box“ thinking, precision und understandability at the use of academic language.

The ranking will take place until the end of January 2020. Applicants will be informed by 5 February 2020 whether their proposals have been accepted and how much travel and accommodation costs can be covered by the organisers.


Programme (preliminary)

Thursday, July 2
Up to 14: Arrival at Hotel, Registration, Welcome Coffee
15: Start. Opening speech by Marko Demantowsky
16: Panel 1 (Participant 1 to 3)
18: Keynote 1 by N.N.
19: Dinner

Friday, July 3
9: Panel 2 (Participant 4 & 5)
10.30: Panel 3 (Participant 6 to 8)
12: Lunch
14: Panel 4 (Participant 9 to 11)
17: Keynote 2 by Thomas Cauvin
18: Dinner

Saturday, July 4
9: Panel 5 (Participant 12 to 14)
11: Final Discussion
12: Lunch and Leaving

Note: The Panels will be composed either according to topical references of the projects, or by alphabetical order of the last names of the participant


Jan Hodel

Professur für Gesellschaftswissenschaften PH FHNW
Campus Muttenz, Hofackerstr. 30, 4132 Muttenz, Schweiz
+41 56 202 83 27
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