Berlin 2020: Off to a Great Start!

Author: Cassandra Marsillo, public historian and chief editor of Bridging

For those who have been keeping an eye on our social media, you’ll have noticed that there was a constant stream of new and exciting panel ideas being proposed and discussed, especially on Facebook and the ever-growing Google doc for Berlin 2020. Those were just a small sample of the submissions received. After having closed our call for papers on October 27, we’re happy to say that it has been incredibly successful! This post will give you an overview of some of the diverse submissions received and a glance at the numbers (because those are important, too) in anticipation of the upcoming 6th World Conference of the International Federation for Public History.

With individual submissions coming from 43 different countries (see Figure 4) and panel submissions from 31 (see Figure 3), we’re happy to announce that we have received 104 thematic session proposals, 190 individual proposals, 10 working group proposals, and 4 workshop proposals. Our collaborative Google doc reached 46 panel ideas and was a space where people from different countries could connect for Berlin 2020. Whether your interest is in discussing politics and policy, environment, health, public history curricula and professional work, oral and digital history, monuments, museums, memory, archives, commemoration, genealogy and biography, or – of course – any combination of these and more, there was someone to collaborate with. It really was international public history in action! 

Figure 1: Breakdown of working group submissions by country

 

Figure 2: Breakdown of workshop submissions by country

It was so successful that we’ve also decided to continue using this format for other IFPH initiatives, including this blog. We’ve set up a Discussion Doc with links to all our previous posts divided by general topic and invite you to comment, collaborate, and brainstorm future responses or submissions with others in the IFPH community.

Figure 3: Breakdown of thematic panel submissions by country

 

Figure 4: Breakdown of individual submissions by country

So, what’s in store for 2020? Well, the selection process will definitely prove difficult with so many exceptional submissions to choose from. With representation from Europe, North and South America, Africa, East Asia, Oceania, South Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East, we know the program will represent the IFPH’s mandate and values well.

We hope that you’ll be joining us in Berlin next year, from August 18 to 22!


Cassandra Marsillo just completed her Masters in Public History at Carleton University, where her major research project culminated in a co-produced oral history exhibit called “The Yellow Line: Italo-Canadian Oral Histories from Montreal’s Backyards and Schoolyards.” Currently, she is an intern at the Italian-Canadian Archives of Quebec and a history teacher at Dawson College in Montreal.


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