Call for Proposals for the 5th Annual Conference of the IFPH, São Paulo, Brazil, 21-24 August 2018 – The Call for Papers DEADLINE has been extended to March 1, 2018


The International Federation of Public History is going South on its next Annual meeting, more precisely Southeast Brazil, in the fascinating city of São Paulo, one of the biggest metropoles worldwide. The home for the 5th Annual Conference is the University of São Paulo, Campus Leste (USP-Leste), in association with the 4th International Symposium of the Brazilian Network for Public History. Watch the video below and discover more about our hosts for 2018.

Since 2011, the IFPH has been dedicated to building an international and multi-lingual community of practitioners. The main role of the Federation is to foster the development of Public History worldwide creating and coordinating networks and national associations for public history, promoting teaching, research and other activities that engage the public with the past, history and

individual and collective memories.

The IFPH international conference in São Paulo is locally supported by the Rede Brasileira de Historia Pública (Brazilian Netwok for Public History) and the Grupo de Estudo e Pesquisa em

História Oral e Memória (Study and Research Group on Oral History and Memory). This joint venture will bring together a great variety of professionals from different fields that are truly practitioners of public history to share their experiences, lessons-learned and challenges in this very international forum. We expect hundreds of experts and activists from all the continents to meet in Sao Paulo and have a fruitful discussion about what are the main challenges for public history today. Diverse international experiences and different public history national perspectives will foster rewarding exchanges.

The international conference will not be limited to a specific theme. Possible practices and topics may include:

  1. Public History and civic engagement
  • The value of historical knowledge: historical consciousness and civic dimension of public history
  • National agendas, fake news and historical battles
  • Difficult pasts interacting with the present: historians and social justice, human rights, truth commissions and transitional justice
  • Public policies and applied history
  • Public history and contemporary global challenges: migration, inequalities, climate change, development, democracy, human rights, health, food and water security.
  1. Memory
  • Museums and exhibiting the past
  • Oral history and community projects
  • Identity and memory issues
  • Material and immaterial public cultural heritage
  • Commemorations, monuments and celebrations
  • Historic preservation and community cultural heritage
  1. Methods
  • Digital Public History
  • Participatory Knowledge: Social Media, Mobile App and User-Generated Contents
  • Mapping and Visual Representations of the Past
  • Moving Images and documentaries
  • Photography and Public History
  • Public Archaeology
  1. Narratives
  • Historical Fiction
  • Games, videogames, re-enactments and living history
  • Visual historical narratives: graphic novels, murals, photography
  • History in film: historical films, tv series, documentaries
  1. Professional issues
  • Teaching and Learning Public History
  • Challenges of practicing public history in academia and outside
  • Ethics
  • Public history in museums, archives, libraries, parks
  • Resources for research and teaching
  • Public history publications
  • Selling public history
  • Cultural tourism
  • Ethical challenges

Both individual papers (15 minutes) and session proposals (3 to 4 papers, 15 minutes each) are welcome and must be submitted in English.  Individual paper proposals should include a title, abstract, name and contact information of the paper presenter. Session proposals should include a general abstract for the session, the name and contact information of the session’s coordinator, abstracts for all individual papers, and names and contact information of all paper presenters.  Session and paper abstracts should have a maximum of 1000 characters of 150 words.

Paper and session proposals must be submitted by uploading them to the following links:

The deadline for all proposals is March 1, 2018. The results of the CFP will be announced no later than March 31, 2018.

All participants must register for the conference (rates to be announced soon), and all participants presenting at the 5th Annual IFPH Conference must be IFPH members in good standing at the time of the Conference.

Program Committee:

  • Ricardo Santhiago, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Brazil)
  • Viviane Borges, Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina (Brazil)
  • Philip Scarpino, Indiana University-Purdue University Indiana (USA)
  • Jon Olsen, University of Massachusetts (USA)
  • Karin Priem, Université du Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
  • John Walsh, Carleton University (Canada)
  • Tammy Gordon, North Carolina State University (USA) for the NCPH
  • Tanya Evans, Macquarie University (Australia)
  • Natasha Erlank, University of Johannesburg (South Africa)
  • Irina Sevelieva, Higher School of Economics (Russia)
  • Lourdes Roca, Instituto Mora (Mexico)
  • Anita Lucchesi, Université du Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
  • Catalina Muñoz, Universidad de los Andes (Colombia)


Please send any questions or inquiries, to the following email:

Follow our conference page on Facebook to get updates from the local organizers: and on the Facebook IFPH group at

Conference website and registration details coming soon!

Cite this blog post
Serge Noiret (2017, December 20). Call for Proposals for the 5th Annual Conference of the IFPH, São Paulo, Brazil, 21-24 August 2018 – The Call for Papers DEADLINE has been extended to March 1, 2018. IFPH-FIHP. Retrieved May 30, 2024, from

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