This post is written in Italian and served as an introduction to the Memoria e Ricerca 2017 issue on History Museums and Public History. The papers we present were selected from panel presentations delivered during the International Federation for Public History (IFPH) 2ndinternational conference in Jinan, China in August 2015, which was part of the 22nd Conference of the International Committee for the Historical Sciences (ICHS).
Connecting Public History with Digital History (English, Italian & French)
Historiography on fascism has sometimes sparked lively discussions in the, often sleepy, Italian academic historians community. However, narrating the history of fascism outside of academic books and engaging publically–and as historians–with opposing memories has still to be accomplished in a country still fearing its own past.
La public history italiana si fa strada: un museo a Predappio per narrare la storia del ventennio fascista
La storiografia sul fascismo e sulle sue interpretazioni ha talvolta scatenato vivaci discussioni nella comunità, spesso sonnolente, degli storici accademici. Tuttavia, fare la storia del fascismo fuori dai libri accademici e confrontarsi con opposte memorie rimane un impresa ancora da compiere. Forse è per questo motivo che l’eventualità di aprire un Museo che tratti la storia del Fascismo a Predappio, in Romagna, nella ex Casa del Fascio e dell’Ospitalità, sta suscitando un forte dibattito pubblico limitato, per il momento, all’Italia.
Per il 71° anniversario della Resistenza italiana (2016), riparliamo di “Firenze in Guerra 1940-1944”, la Mostra del 70° anniversario (2015) ospitata a Palazzo Medici-Riccardi
Mostra per il 70° della Resistenza Italiana, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, ottobre 2014-gennaio 2015 e 25 Aprile – 28 Giugno 2015 e sito Web della Mostra: 1940-1944 – FIRENZE IN GUERRA – http://www.firenzeinguerra.com/
Catalogo della Mostra a cura di Francesca Cavarocchi e Valeria Galimi: Firenze in Guerra, 1940-1944. Catalogo della mostra storico-documentaria. (Palazzo Medici Riccardi, ottobre 2014-gennaio 2015)., Firenze: Firenze University Press, 2014.
A “Memoria e Ricerca” roundtable stresses absence of Public History in David Armitage & Jo Guldi “History Manifesto”
There is a widespread feeling that public funds and private sponsorship should be used for what –many people think– matters in society. Economists, for example, enjoy broad acceptance as public mediators and interpreters of our contemporary world. University programs in the Humanities, by contrast, are facing a worldwide crisis. In Japan departments are closing and this also means that the Humanities are facing an identity crisis. Such a crisis is acute in the USA where, in order to maintain university programmes, you have to provide an answer to the «What for?» question and prove immediate relevance for the job market and society at large.
Social Media are “a group of Internet-based applications that build on the ideological and technological foundations of Web 2.0, and that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content.” They facilitate various forms of web communication between individuals and communities. They can bring users together to discuss common issues and to share traces of the past. Local communities’ engagement with the past, mediated or not, are made possible through Web 2.0 practices. New virtual contacts could be built when communities are no longer present in physical spaces.