Discover Public History in Wrocław (Poland)

Author: Dorota Wiśniewska, PhD candidate at the University of Wrocław and the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris Saclay

Wrocław’s street in the city center; in the background, you can see the main building of the University

Are you interested in how history functions in the public space? Find out more in theory and practice during Public History Summer School taking place 2-5 July 2018 in Wrocław (Poland)! The summer school will combine round tables, lectures and presentations with participating scholars, professionals and students. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to discover the city of Wrocław and its rich history. You can join us at Zajezdnia History Centre – a recently opened museum devoted to the post-war Wrocław – and at Pan Tadeusz Museum, which makes use of historical artefacts and documents alongside modern technology to tell a story about Polish culture, and the struggle of Poles for independence after the second world war. Finally, you will be able to get more information about pursuing an MA in Public History at the University of Wrocław.



We invite everyone interested in public history to attend the summer school. At the same time, we strongly encourage graduate and postgraduate students to apply and deliver their papers in English. The research projects may concern (but are not limited to):

  • Historical narratives
  • History & politics
  • History & memory
  • E-history
  • Digital humanities
  • Oral history
  • Visual history
  • History of education
  • Historical journalism
  • Popularization of history
  • History & media
  • History-related games

The opening keynote lecture “Internationalizing Public History” will be given by the President of the International Federation for Public History, Prof. Thomas Cauvin (Colorado State University).

The summer school is organised within the framework of the International Conference Studying Public History – Methods, Difficulties, Perspectives by the Historical Institute of the University of Wrocław, the International Federation for Public History, and Zajezdnia History Centre.

Market square, City Hall


April 30, 2018 – deadline for sending research projects proposals and bursary applications

May 15, 2018notification as to whether your proposal has been accepted;  publication of the preliminary summer school programme

June 17, 2018 – deadline for registration if you choose not to present a project, but would still like to participate in the summer school; publication of the final summer school programme

July 2-5, 2018 – the summer school

The organisation committee – composed of Prof. Joanna Wojdon, Dr. Łukasz Kamiński, Magdalena Gibiec, and Dorota Wiśniewska – as well as the advisory board – Prof. Catherine Brice (Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne University), Prof. Thomas Cauvin (Colorado State University), Prof. Przemysław Wiszewski (University of Wrocław), and Dr. Wojciech Kucharski (Zajezdnia History Centre) – look forward to welcoming you to the city and the university. If you would like more information, please visit our website at See you in Wrocław!

Wrocław’s dwarfs [small figurines commemorating the Orange Alternative – Polish anti-communist movement; there are more than 350 spread all over the city]


Dorota Wiśniewska is a PhD candidate at the University of Wrocław (Poland) and the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris Saclay (France) in the framework of joint international supervision (cotutelle) of her doctoral thesis. She is conducting a research project titled Women in Politics in France and Poland in the second half of the 18th century: comparative study of literary salons and correspondences. She has a strong interest in history of diplomacy, women’s studies, and history of elites during the Enlightenment.

1 Response

  1. I would really love to go, but I have to see because I have another big commitment on that week, but would be a great opportunity to learn another PH community.

    Thanks for the post, Dorota!

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