Digital Public History sessions at the XXII International Congress of Historical Sciences (ICHS-CISH)

Academic historians promoted a historic first international reflection on the Digital Turn in History during the XXII International Congress of Historical Sciences organized by the International Committee for Historical Sciences – Comité international des sciences historique (ICHS-CISH) in the city of Jinan in China, between August 23 and August 29, 2015 in Shandong HotelShandong Hotel Official Website (You can still download the full Programme, look at the practical information and visit the Jinan Congress web site.)

For the first time in its own history, the ICHS promoted some panels and events around Digital History tahnks to the American Historical Association (AHA) and the Internal Federation for Public History (IFPH-FIHP), a permanent Internal Commission of the CISH. Both associations actively contributed to the main CISH programme in Jinan. The IFPH also organized its 2nd Annual International Conference during the XXII International Congress of Historical Sciences with a session dedicated to Digital Public History.

One of the four Major Themes during this quinquennial meeting of historians from all over the world was about the Digital Turn in History/Le tournant numérique en Histoire. Many defections were registered still in July but, at the end, Robert Frank, professor of History of International Relations at Paris 1 Sorbonne and, at the time of the conference, still secretary general of the International Committee for Historical Sciences, succeeded in maintaining three different digital history events: two panels and an evening session about digital public history.

This was the specific digital history programme

Session 1:  Digital History: Challenges and Possibilities 

9 AM-12:15 PM – Movie Hall, Shandong Hotel –

 With the support of the American Historical Association 


  • Tom Dublin (SUNY Binghamton) and Kathryn Kish Sklar (SUNY Binghamton)


  • Tom Dublin and Kathryn Kish Sklar (SUNY Binghamton): History of Women:  Challenges of archival database construction
  • Kathryn Sklar: New Digital Media and the New History of Human Rights
  • Patrick Murray-John:  Omeka, a (partly) international platform
  • Serge Noiret: Who owns History and Memory in the web? Challenges and Possibilities of Digital Public History
  • Alla Kovalova:  Digital Historiography and Authors’ Rights: Challenges and Perspectives
  • Yvan Combeau (Université de La Réunion-Océan Indien): The Screen and Digital Archives 

Session 2:  New Tools, New Narratives, New Histories

2 PM-5:15 PM- Movie Hall, Shandong Hotel  


  • Tom Dublin (SUNY Binghamton) and Kathryn Kish Sklar (SUNY Binghamton)


  • Adam Kosto (Columbia University): Digital Developments: Medieval European Diplomatic Sources
  • Silvia Orlandi (Sapienza University of Rome): EAGLE  European network of ancient Greek and Latin epigraphy:  Ancient inscriptions in the digital era
  • Andrea Nanetti (Singapore Nanyang Technical University) and Siew Ann Cheong (Singapore Nanyang Technical University): Web based automatic narratives for interactive global histories: The maritime silk road 1205-1533
  • Guido Abbattista: Digital frontiers for research on Modern History: resources and methodology
  • Jean-François Sirinelli: L’historien, le politique et le numérique : un triangle complexe

The International Federation for Public History (IFPH) contributed also to organise seminars and sessions with the ICHS  about Digital (Public) History and the Digital Turn in History described below.

Comité international des sciences historiques

Major Theme 4 – Digital Turn in History

Thème majeur 4 – Le tournant numérique en Histoire

Evening Session –  7:45 PM-9:30 PM/19 h 45-21 h 30  – Movie Hall, Shandong Hotel

Promoting Digital History internationally: Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media projects and the role of THATCamp (The Humanities and Technology Camp) – Promouvoir l’Histoire Numérique internationale: Les projets du Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media et le rôle de THATcamp (The Humanities and Technology Camp)

Serge Noiret (President of the International Federation for Public History; European University Institute, Florence): Introduction

Patrick Murray-John (Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, Department of History and Art History, George Mason University): The Humanities And Technology Camp: How an informal conference structure spreads knowledge and interest in the Digital Humanities

Round Table 9/Table ronde 9 – Why Public History ?

9 AM-12/9 h-12 h – Zibo Hall, Shandong Hotel

With the support of the International Federation for Public History

 OrganizersAlix Green, (University of Central Lancashire) and Arnita A. Jones, (International Federation for Public History)


  • Anna Adamek, Curator, Canada Science and Technology Museum, Canada
  • Philip L. Cantelon, Chief Executive Officer, History Associates Incorporated, USA
  • Bonny Ibhawoh, Associate Professor of History, McMaster University, Canada
  • Serge Noiret, History Information Specialist, European University Institute, Italy

 3. Friday August 28 – 2 PM-5:15 PM – Zaozhuang Hall, Shandong HotelInternational Federation for Public History 2nd Annual Conference – #IFPH2015 – Session 3: Digital Public History

IC 1 Friday 28 August afternoon/Vendredi 28 août après-midi

2 PM-5:15 PM/14 h-17 h 15 – Zaozhuang Hall, Shandong Hotel

Session 3: Digital Public History

Chair: Serge Noiret (European University Institute, Florence)

  • – Jairo Antonio Melo Florez (AHISAB, Asociación Historia Abierta, Bucaramanga, Colombia):
    Digital Public History of Violence in Colombia
  • – Jenny Gregory (University of Western Australia):
    Public History and the Use of Social Media
  • – Patrick Moore (University of West Florida):
    The Many Faces of an Historical APP:  Next Exit History,” the Classroom and Community

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