New Dates! IFPH2020 in Berlin becomes IFPH2021 in Berlin (August 17-21, 2021)

Planning for the 6th World Conference for Public History had been going well, and we were expecting around 500 participants from all over the world in Berlin this August. About 350 public historians from nearly 50 countries wanted to present their work and ideas in 90 panels, working groups, workshops and in a poster session.

However, the global coronavirus pandemic means that our conference cannot take place this year and has to be postponed. The new dates are August 17-21, 2021, which again is the week before the World History Congress (CISH) which postponed its meeting in Poznan to August 22-28, 2021.

If your panel, workshop, working group, or presentations were accepted, you will not have to submit your proposal again but will be part of the 2021 conference program. Sometime later this year we will get in touch with everyone individually to find out who wants to remain on the program. Please be patient. As you know, IFPH does not have paid staff, and postponing the conference is quite a logistical challenge for us.

The generous funding we received for administrative support from our host Freie Universität Berlin will end later this year and we have to figure out how to keep funding the position until after the conference. We also did receive generous grants for the conference from other institutions and foundations. In some cases, their policies prohibit to use grants in the next calendar year, so we will have to reapply. We are hopeful that the German Research Foundation which gave us a major travel grant for international participants will let us use the money next year. Those travel grants surely would be even more important in 2021 than this year. We also hope that our many local, national and international partners will stay on board.


Andreas Etges, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich

for the local organizing committee

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