3rd Annual Conference, Bogotá, Colombia, July 7-8-9, 2016


IFPH-FIPH 3rd Annual Conference, Bogotá, Colombia, July 7-8-9, 2016

Call for Papers for #IFPH2016

Deadline for Proposals: October 19, 2015


History is a public issue. Historical knowledge and practice is not limited to academic settings.  History is also produced and shared in a wide range of settings by professional and non-professional historians alike.  Museums and other exhibiting places, films and documentaries, historical novels, anniversaries and commemorations, re-enactments and living history, public policies, transitional justice commissions, television, radio, websites, and social media, are some of the venues in which history comes alive. All these settings stimulate interaction and collaboration with large audiences, turning historians into public historians.

The third international annual conference of the International Federation on Public History (IFPH) will be held at the  Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia from July 7th to July 9th 2016. Its goal is to open up a space to give visibility and to share the innovative practices and skills that public historians around the world creatively use in their daily practice. History is increasingly produced through collaborative projects that are used for different political, economic, and cultural purposes, often defining collective identities along the way. Furthermore, public history explores, challenges, and discusses the historians’ role and has recently attracted global attention. In this sense, the Conference also provides room to discuss the scope, aims, and challenges, among other critical issues raised by public history and history as a general field.

Created in 2011, the IFPH aims at building an international and multi-lingual community of practitioners. IFPH role is to foster the development of Public History worldwide creating and coordinating networks, promoting teaching, research and all kind of activities engaging the public with the past, history and individual and collective memories.

The IFPH international conference in Bogotá will bring together practitioners, experts and activists from all over the world to discuss and share their experiences in the many challenges and rewards involved in engaging with the public to diffuse historical knowledge.  The conference will not be limited to a specific theme but, on the contrary, will engage with the very different public history activities. So, proposals may present examples of historians’ engagement with communities through different media, building different forms of narratives and looking at different public uses of the past.

Possible practices and topics may include:

  • Museums and Exhibiting the Past
  • Oral History and Community Projects
  • Digital Public History
  • Digital Media, the Internet and Participatory Knowledge
  • Mapping and Visual Representations of the Past


    Museo del Oro, Bogotà, 2011

  • Moving Images and documentaries
  • Historical Fiction
  • Re-enactments and Living History
  • Historic Preservation and Community Cultural Heritage
  • Public Archaeology
  • Social Media, Mobile App and User-Generated Contents
  • Public Policies and Applied History
  • Teaching Public History
  • Who are the Public Historians in Latin America?
  • How to foster Public History as a discipline in Latin America?
  • Difficult pasts interacting with the present: Historians and Social Justice, Human Rights, Truth Commissions and Transitional Justice.

Presentations in English or in Spanish will be accepted during the conference, but all proposals must be written in English.  English is strongly suggested as the primary language for presentations.

Both individual papers and session proposals (90 minutes each) are welcome. Session proposals should include a general abstract for the session as well as abstracts for all individual papers.

Deadline for all proposals is October 19, 2015.

Poster sessions will also take place in Bogota with a different call and deadline.

Please send your proposal of no more than 150 words, as well as any questions or inquiries, to the following email: ifph2016@uniandes.edu.co


  • Gennaro Carotenuto (Università di Macerata, Italy)
  • Thomas Cauvin (University of Lafayette, USA)
  • David Dean (Carleton University, Canada)
  • Anita Lucchesi (Université du Luxembourg, Luxembourg)
  • Serge Noiret (European University Institute, Florence, Italy)
  • Anaclet Pons (Universitat de València, Spain)
  • Camilo Quintero (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia)
  • Philip Scarpino (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis  – IUPUI, USA)
  • Isabelle Veyrat-Masson (CNRS, France)


  • Camilo Quintero (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia)  <cquinter [at] uniandes.edu.co>
  • Angela Maria Aristizabal Borrero (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia) <am.aristizabal10 [at] uniandes.edu.co>

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