International Federation for Public History headquartered in Luxembourg

27 January 2022

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International Federation for Public History.

The International Federation for Public History was founded to create a network of public history programmes, scholars, and practitioners for facilitating the international exchange of information on teaching and research in and the practice of public history.

The University of Luxembourg has become the headquarters of the International Federation for Public History since January 2022. 

Making the University of Luxembourg the headquarters of the International Federation is a further step in this long-term partnership. It will provide new opportunities for international research, projects and publications.

Focusing on public accessibility and engagement

Public history is a field of research, teaching, and practice that focuses on public accessibility and engagement. This field encourages the dissemination of research beyond academic circles as well as the public participation through collaboration and co-production. 

As the headquarters of the International Federation, the University of Luxembourg will further contribute to sharing recommended professional and academic best practices. The University will also help to address one of the central issues of the Federation, which is to foster participation of public historians and their organisations in international congresses and other meetings of scholars in the field.

The International Federation’s main purpose is to build an international public history community to encourage, promote, and coordinate contacts, teaching, and research in the field.

Public history as a core mission

The Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH), one of the centres of the University of Luxembourg, is particularly active in public outreach and dissemination through digital tools and methods. With international research projects, collaboration with cultural institutions, crowdsourcing and citizen science projects, and publications, the centre has been a privileged partner to the International Federation.

Prof. Andreas Fickers

We are very happy to act as headquarters of the International Federation for Public History. Public history is one of the core missions of the C²DH and the experimenting with new digital forms and formats of historical storytelling and exploring new collaborative ways of engaging with history in the public realm is perfectly in line with the University’s strategy of fostering citizen science.

Prof. Andreas Fickers, Director of the C²DH

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