Anita Lucchesi candidate for the position of IFPH treasurer

  • Bio

Anita Lucchesi holds a PhD in History from the University of Luxembourg (UL, Luxembourg, September 2020) and a MA in Comparative History from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ, Brazil, March 2014), where she earned her Bachelor degree in History (2011). In her PhD, she has developed a research on the theory and method of digital history in the intersection with public history, discussing the epistemological issues emerging from what she defines as “hermeneutics of practice”. The PhD thesis “For a New Hermeneutics of Practice in Digital Public History: Thinkering with memorecord.uni.lu”, developed at the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) with support of the Luxembourg National Research Fund has been indicated to the Excellent Thesis Award of the Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Luxembourg. Lucchesi’s interest in digital technologies has been distributed in research and teaching activities since 2008. She is currently a research associate at Leibniz – Centre for Contemporary History (ZZF, Germany). Among other affiliations, Lucchesi is also part of the Brazilian Network for Public History. Main research interests: digital history, public history, oral history, memory studies, teaching and scientific dissemination of history.

  • Statement for the IFPH

History emerged to me as a career path when I was a teenager due to a happy serendipitous event. Once I bought a book just because I liked the cover; but I did not know, back then, the impact that reading would have in my life. My first encounter with the book took place in a charming bookshop in my hometown – a small city in the beautiful Órgãos Mountains (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). For a long time there, apart from the schools and the municipal library, to get good readings, one needed to go to Rio. In 2004, an old shoe store was turned into a tint bookshop. I got caught by the Portuguese translation of The Historian’s Craft, by Marc Bloch. The cover featured a collage of The Bookworm, by Carl Spitzweg, mixed with some medieval scribes. If my future career would be depicted in a book cover, however, it would hardly be represented by a medieval copyist or an old white man reading books alone in a sumptuous library. I am way closer to the Clio Wired we can see in the book organized by Roy Rosenzweig on The Future of the Past in the Digital Age. My muse, however, rather than being alone in the picture, is surrounded by people; she belongs with the colorful bazars, crowded crossroads and busy Sunday kitchens.

As I write this statement seeking the renewal of my term as the IFPH treasurer, I recapitulate the efforts we did for the betterment of our international network. For affective reasons, going to Ravenna (2017) and to São Paulo (2018) with the IFPH was a cause of double rejoicing for me. Beyond being honored to be an IFPH representative in two great conferences, sharing great discussions with new and old colleagues was invigorating. We got to know PH projects of different flavors from all over the world and a chance to see its internationalization in the making. Remembering this homecoming got me nostalgic and brought me back to the memory of being accidentally caught by history, thanks to an efficient piece of design. It reminded me how public history is also about accessibility and communication. I am glad to noticed that over the last term the IFPH have improved its communication and outreach. The federation grew; got its own journal; reached new lands and people. Online conversation has been enhanced though Facebook and live discussions; a fresh Member’s Corner was created to aid the administration of memberships. As a treasurer candidate, I am eager to act as a facilitator to the operation of the Federation by continuing the budget management and serving the Federation in its mission. I want to keep helping the IFPH to find new ways to communicate and democratize history worldwide. As Bloch once wrote ‘there is no higher praise for a writer than to be able to speak in the same tone to savants and school pupils’. I would say: to savants, to pupils, to all.


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