Category: History Profession

Per un ruolo attivo della “public history” nell’Unione Europea oggi

I cittadini europei si trovano ad affrontare una crisi globale del progetto politico ed istituzionale più importante del ventesimo secolo, quello dell’Unione Europea. Tuttavia, essi sono anche i diretti protagonisti di questa crisi di identità, che è anche crisi di conoscenza della storia e di un’agenda per una storia condivisa del travagliato passato europeo. Oggi, in alcuni paesi, soprattutto all’Est dell’Europa, è in corso una reinterpretazione del passato in chiave nazionalista e “patriottica” […]

Hundred years after WW1: Doing Public History with Twitter

Are social media capable of tackling issues that deal with the past, or do they merely constitute a series of visual icons on web pages that allow us to share what we see and read with a selected choice of virtual “friends”? Could it be that we perceive these logos as also representing a portal that promotes user-generated content and participatory culture?….

Public History internazionale e uso-abuso della storia nei musei

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).

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.