The IFPH has a new President, Thomas Cauvin, from France and the USA !

Thomas Cauvin

The applications to IFPH President position (2018-2021) closed last 31st of October 2017.

The IFPH Electoral Committee is pleased to announce that, after receiving only this candidature, Thomas Cauvin from Colorado State University (USA), has become the new IFPH President.

We publish below Prof. Cauvin’s biographical statement and statement of interest for his candidature. Thomas Cauvin accompanied the Federation from the start in 2012, became member of the IFPH Steering Committee in 2014 and will replace Serge Noiret, first IFPH President and one of the founders of the Federation. Thomas’s four years mandate will start in January 2018 and end in December 2021. Thomas speaks French, his mother tongue, English and Italian.

A warm welcome to the president of the IFPH Steering Committee in a very exciting period for the internationalization of Public History.

The IFPH Electoral Committee, Chantal Kesteloot and Catalina Munoz, 1st of November 2017


Biographical statement

I am currently Assistant Professor of History and Public History at Colorado State University in the United States. I have strongly supported international and transnational public history for the past 10 years. Born in France, I received my PhD (now open-access online) at the European University Institute in Italy. My research initially focused on comparative history of museums in Ireland and Northern Ireland. My commitment to international, transnational, and comparative approaches helped me to contribute to the internationalization of public history practices. I accompanied the creation of the International Federation for Public History (IFPH) and have been member of the Steering Committee (Delegate) since 2014. Through the IFPH, I have worked at broadening the networks of public history members, developed multi-lingual resources (Spanish, Italian, German, French, Polish, and Dutch), and participated in the organization of our annual conferences. I have published the first single-authored textbook on Public History in North America and various articles on public history in English and Italian. I am also about to publish a new book on public history in France and prepare further publications in Spanish. I have been teaching public history in the United States since 2013 and participated in public history projects such as a documentary film, multiple exhibits, consulting for museums, oral history, and digital public history through the organization of three THATCamp unconferences, and the creation and management of crowdsourced heritage collections.

Statement of interest in the position and in the IFPH.

My research and projects reflect my strong commitment to international public history. I have both experience in North America and Europe. I did my training and initial research in several European countries (France, Italy, and Ireland) and have also been teaching and practicing public history in the United States for the last five years. This international experience helped me to contribute to the growth of the International Federation for Public History, first as a member, and, since 2014, as one of its board members. As member of the IFPH Steering Committee, I am well aware of our achievement as much as the challenges of our future commitments. I, as President, would be personally committed to certain aspects and issues I develop hereafter.

  • Continue IFPH Long-Term Projects: I first wish to continue the wonderful job my colleagues in the Steering Committee and other members of the IFPH have been doing. In addition to the

    IFPH Public Meeting during NCPH 2017, Indianapolis

    annual conferences that represent fantastic opportunities for international connections, I am fully supportive to the forthcoming International Public History journal. The President of the IFPH should carry on these two major undertakings.

  • Increase International Diversity: The IFPH has done a great job in connecting international public history practitioners. As President of the IFPH, I see opportunities to increase our diversity even more. I want to develop networks of public history in Latin America, Asia, and above all, in Africa where we should connect with many existing public history projects. In order to do, I would like to work with “public history explorers”, members of the IFPH who could help develop further links.
  • Increase the Diversity of Practitioners: Diversity could also be enhanced through the participation of more numerous professionals from public history fields. Until now, the bulk of our members are public history practitioners working in universities. I think our discussion and representation could be more inclusive if we also bring in professionals from museums, archives, audio-visual production, heritage site and other fields of public history.
  • Increase the Multi-Lingual Diversity: Finally, diversity could also stem from multi-lingual projects. Last year, I initiated a workshop to list resources in languages other than English. We started to publish resources in Polish and Italian (German, French, Dutch, Spanish will follow). This should be a step towards true multi-lingual public history.
  • Increase Member Participation: The IFPH has been growing and I believe we can now propose more involvement to our members. I want to continue the more regular communication between members through active discussion on our email list. I also think we could create a blog (on the model of History@work for the National Council on Public History) where our members could present their public history courses, projects, and events. I am also developing a list of public history programs around the world interested in online discussion. I have used such connection to propose discussion between my students in the United States and others in public history programs in France, Ireland, and Germany. I believe such a project could help our members to contribute to the international public history. Finally, I would like to develop a project of “public history explorers”. Explorers – members of the IFPH – would help providing updates of public history as well as to connect with public history practitioners.
  • National Groups: Last but not least, I would like to continue the work of the Steering Committee in helping the development of national groups and federations of public history. Similar to the recent and very successful creation of the Italian Association for Public History (2016), the IFPH should do its best to allow for national (or at other levels such as Europe) networks that could be very efficient in reaching out with historical associations.

I believe that my experience in the IFPH, in different countries, in different approaches to public history, and my commitment to cultural and linguistic diversity would help me, as President to the IFPH, to pursue the internationalization of public history.

Thomas Cauvin

 

 


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