Public History Explorers: Newsletter 3 (July 2018)

Public History Explorers, the monthly email newsletter of the IFPH-FIHP, features public history stories and news from around the world. This month includes news in four languages from eleven countries.

This month’s news was gathered by these Public History Explorers: Jimena Perry, Dr. Caroline McGee, Ben Craske, Marta Kopiniak, Geraldine Poublanc, Malena Bedoya, Unai Belaustegi. It was compiled by Hannah Hethmon.

  • Poland:

Lokalni Przewodnicy i Przewodniczki, działający w ramach Instytutu Kultury Miejskiej w Gdańsku, kolejny rok z rzędu oferują alternatywne oprowadzanie po dzielnicach miasta. W tym roku do oferty – oprócz Zaspy i Biskupiej Górki –  dołączyła także Oliwa. Efektem tego projektu są też papierowe przewodniki wydawane przez IKM. Więcej można dowiedzieć się na stronie. (Local Guides, working with the Institute of City Culture in Gdańsk, again this year offer alternative tours through different city districts.) Details.

  • Spain:

The prestigious Spanish journal of history, Ayer, has published an entire issue dedicated to “Digital History: a project for the 21st century”. It includes papers by public historians Anaclet Pons and Serge Noiret. Details.

  • Ireland:

As part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, the Digital Repository of Ireland is continuing its series of ‘Atlantic Stories’ events to collect oral history reflections from people who have worked with or been impacted by projects funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies, which invested €1.6 billion in Ireland and Northern Ireland to advance higher education, human rights, further the peace process in the North, and improve services and policies for young people and older adults. The oral history interviews, conducted by Dr. Caroline McGee, make a connection between people and archives and are part of DRI’s new Atlantic collections that go online in 2018 and will be preserved for persistent access. Project information, Event information.

Dublin-based historian Dr. Eoin P. Kinsella has just published Catholic Survival in Protestant Ireland, 1660 – 1711. This book is the first in-depth study of an Irish Catholic landowner in late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century Ireland, a period of sustained upheaval in Irish history. It is also the first monograph-length study of all of the terms of surrender signed during the Williamite war of 1689–91, including the controversial articles of Limerick. Using the career of Colonel John Browne of Westport, this book sheds new light on Catholic political activity during the implementation of the Williamite peace settlement in Ireland, and highlights the deeply interconnected nature of Irish society. Details.

  • United Kingdom

The 2019 Wiles Lecture series will be delivered at Queen’s University Belfast on 22nd – 25th May 2019 by Professor Amanda Vickery who will speak about “Modern Girls:  Women’s Hopes from the New Look to the Beatles.” Professor Vickery is a social and economic historian with research interests in the history of men and women; love and power; consumerism and fashion; material culture, art and architecture; Georgian lives and Post-War British society and culture. Details.

Historic England is coordinating its Immortalised project which seeks to explore England’s little-known, forgotten or secret historic markers. The heritage body is calling for the public to share knowledge about overlooked murals, memorials, shrines in their communities. The aim of the project is to explore how and who we remember, but also to contemplate potential gaps in our awareness of the past. Details.

  • France:

Festival ayant lieu chaque année l’été. Chaque année, une époque différentes est représentée. Cette année, le romantisme est abordé. Le festival est composé spécialement de reconstitution historique et s’adresse à tous les publics (passionnés d’histoire, historiens, parents, enfants, éducateurs…). Les mises en scéne sont présentées dans la citadelle de Belfort. Dominant la ville, la Citadelle fut jusqu’au 17ème siècle un classique château féodal. Il ne reste de ce dernier que la Tour des Bourgeois. Cette année, le festival abordera l’époque du Romantisme. (A Festival taking place every year in the summer in the citadel of Belfort. Each year, a different time is represented. This year, the Romantic Period is approached.) Details.

  • Ecuador:

“Solo a través del otro puedo saber quién soy: Memorias fotográficas de la inmigración de europea al Ecuador (1930-1970).” Esta es una exposición que reúne el trabajo de ocho fotógrafos europeos que migraron al Ecuador en la primera mitad del siglo XX y de cómo generaron una nueva comunidad de pertenencia. (“Only through the other can I know who I am: Photographic memories of immigration from Europe to Ecuador (1930-1970)” is a new exhibition at Museo de la Ciudad, the City Museum in Quito, Ecuador.The exhibition that brings together the work of eight European photographers who migrated to Ecuador in the first half of the 20th century and how they generated a new community of belonging.) Details.

  • Argentina:

Elizabeth Jelin: “Somos la memoria que habitamos”. La memoria colectiva como pieza fundamental en la construcción de los movimientos sociales. Entrevista de Stephanie Demirdjian. (Elizabeth Jelin: “We are the memory we inhabit.” Collective memory as a definitive piece in the construction of social movements. Interview of Stephanie Demirdjian.) Details.

  • Colombia:

Congreso internacional de historia, museos y patrimonio. Santa Marta, Colombia. Noviembre 7-9, 2018. Este encuentro académico aborda problemáticas históricas e historiográficas con miradas globales y comparativas e incentiva la participación de científicos sociales de todas las partes del mundo, para difundir y discutir sus trabajos, así como también establecer agendas de investigación conjunta sobre estos temas. (The International Conference of History, Museums, and Heritage will take place in Santa Marta, Colombia from November 7-9, 2018. This academic event addresses historical and histroriographical issues within a global and comparative context and encourages the participation of scholars from all over the world to discuss, promote their work, and establish joint research agendas.) Details.

  • Uruguay:

Desaparecidos y torturadores prófugos, huellas de la dictadura en Uruguay.” Javier Tassino, miembro del Partido Comunista Uruguayo, habla de la dictadura cívico-militar de su país (1973-1985), que dejó huellas en todos los familiares de los casi 200 detenidos desaparecidos en este periodo que, 45 años después, siguen buscando a sus seres queridos y reclamando respuestas y justicia para poder cerrar una dolorosa etapa de sus vidas. (Javier Tassino, member of the Uruguay Communist Party, talks about the dictatorship in his country (1973-1985), that left severe imprints in the relatives of almost 200 disappeared. Now, 45 years later, families kee looking for answers and justice to close this painful part of their lives.) Details.

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