The Steering Committee of the IFPH is pleased to announce, that subsequent to the recent election, Dr. Thomas Cauvin, Assistant Professor of History and Public History at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (USA), has been elected to the Steering Committee effective January 1st, 2015.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Anna Adamek for being on the Steering Committee for the past 2 years. Anna was one of the driving forces that led to the creation of the IFPH and her presence on the committee has allowed us to stay on track as we established ourselves. Despite her departure for the committee, we look forward to continuing to work with her in the years to come.
Bio: Thomas Cauvin
Dr. Thomas Cauvin is an Assistant Professor of History and Public History at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (USA). As a public historian, he has participated in traveling and online exhibitions, crowdsourcing projects, and conferences in digital humanities. In 2015, he will publish Public History: An Introduction to Practice with Routledge, a textbook that offers a comprehensive approach to historians’ public activities. Cauvin has participated in the International Federation for Public History (IFPH) since 2011. In particular, he was part of the Nominating Committee which organized the first elections of the Steering Committee in 2012. He also participated in the organization of the first IFPH annual conference in Amsterdam (October 2014).
Cauvin’s international background will help contribute to broadening the discussions about public history within the IFPH. Although he teaches and practices public history in the United States, he was trained in Europe as a French historian, specializing in Irish and Northern Irish history. He obtained his Ph.D. at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy) in 2012. His knowledge of both the North American and European public history contexts will help strengthen international networks and discussions. For example, in 2013, he organized an international working group on Public History Training at the National Council on Public History’s annual conference. Thanks to the participation of public historians from Australia, South Africa, India, Europe, and North America, the working group allowed for a better understanding of the different practices and common skills needed to do history in public.
Thomas Cauvin co-authored an article titled “Internationalization of Public History” (Forthcoming: Gardner and Hamilton (eds.) Oxford Handbook on Public History). In the article he stressed why and how public historians should develop the international dimension. As a member of the IFPH’s Steering Committee, he would work at enriching the website’s materials available for members and other public historians willing to develop and spread public history. For instance, public historians from different geographical, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds could be contacted to provide video podcasts – available on the IFPH’s website – about their projects and conceptions of their public role. Since it is extremely difficult for young public historians to attend international conferences, Cauvin aims to work at the creation and development of an international student committee that would connect projects, practices, and thoughts on public history. The four languages Cauvin speaks, and his collaboration with public historians from Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and South Africa would highly benefit the IFPH and its Steering Committee.