Enrica Salvatori is Associated Professor in the Department of Civilization and Knowledge at the University of Pisa, where she teaches Medieval History, History of Late Ancient and Medieval Settlements and Digital Public History. She was Vice President of the degree course in Informatica Umanistica (Digital Humanities) at the same University from 2006 to 2010 and Visiting Professor at the University P. Valéry (Montpellier, France) in 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015. Since 2015 she has been director of the Laboratory di Digital Culture at the University of Pisa (LabCD, http://www.labcd.unipi.it/). Her research interests are focused on Medieval History and Digital Public History, in mutual connection. Much of his work has been on the medieval Mediterranean circulation, the evolution of the municipality in Italy and Provence and the history of Lunigiana. In particular she has led since 2011 a research team on the history and archeology of the landscape in Val di Vara and Lunigiana (http://tramonti.labcd.unipi.it) and since 2014 the digital edition of the Pelavicino Code (http://pelavicino.labcd.unipi.it/). She is currently in the board of AIPH (Italian Association of Public History) and AIUCD (Italian Association od Digital Humanities).
I have spent most of my life as a scholar exploring borderline research fields, even if within my original discipline: Medieval History. First came the digital world and, with it, all the problems regarding the shared authority, the fluidity of the source, the change in the profession of the historian. Working in the Digital History field naturally led me to think about the different publics of history and then to create a new course in Digital Public History in the degree course of Digital Humanities at the University of Pisa. Attending both worlds – Digital Humanities and Public History – has therefore led me to play an important role in the two national associations dedicated to the two fields – AIUCD and AIPH – where I carried out important initiatives such as national conferences, shared projects, summer schools, agreements and projects with public and private institutions.
In short, quite simply, it seems to me that my long experience could now be usefully made at disposal of IFPH, where I would like to keep on to strengthen the connection with the Italian Association and the peculiarities of the European vision of Public History. I would also like to promote: the training of historians working in the field of Public History; the development of Digital Public History in all its aspects; the experimentation and comparison of innovative Public History practices in an international context, in order to enhance the best practices.