About the Blog

Bridging is a virtual space for members of the IFPH-FIHP to share projects, events, and reflections on public history, and create discussion through comments, links, and re-use.

Check out our first blog post for more details: Bridging

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The Team

Cassandra Marsillo, Chief Editor
I just completed my Masters in Public History at Carleton University, where my 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“. I completed my undergrad at Concordia University, with two bachelor degrees in Studio Arts and Italian Studies, and Public History. Currently, I am an intern at the Italian-Canadian Archives of Quebec and a history teacher at Dawson College in Montreal. I’m interested in collective memory, identity, immigration, nationalism, and the role of mapping and the imaginary in history.

Marta Kopiniak, Editor
I’m a Public History student at University of Wrocław, currently working on my Masters dissertation about the connections between public historians and tourist guides. Besides that, my academic interests lay close to women’s history and its place in the collective memory of Polish society.

Marco Fabbrini, Editor
I have a master’s degree in political science, and am a student in history at the department of historical sciences and cultural heritage of the University of Siena. Writer and professional copywriter, I am particularly passionate about historytelling and historical novels.

Jordan E. Kearschner, Editor
I am a Masters student at Colorado State University working towards a degree in Public History with a concentration in Museum Studies. I’m especially interested in collections management, women’s wartime history, mass media and propaganda, and the history of science and technology.

Natalia Buryka, Editor
I’m a public historian and graphic artist, currently working with La Boîte à histoire (french start-up in history consulting) on launching the festival 1848!Peoples in revolutions. Graduated in contemporary history and public history (Masters degree, Paris-Saclay University; Paris-Est Créteil University), I have a special interest in two research fields : graphic novels and the history of children delinquency.

Andelko Mihanovic, Editor
Andelko Mihanovic is a Ph.D. student in Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage at IMT School for Advanced Studies in Lucca, Italy. He is conducting a research project on the use of events and imagery from Roman history in popular culture, particularly in historical reenactments. Besides studying Roman history, Andelko is an emerging curator with research and internship experiences at the United States Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017) and at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (2016).

Jimena Perry, Editor
Jimena Perry studied Anthropology at the Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia). She also has an MPhil in Social Anthropology with emphasis in Museums from The University of Cambridge (UK), an MA in History from the University of Texas at Austin (USA), and currently is a PhD Candidate in History from the same institution. Her research interests are Latin America, memory, violence, and cultural heritage. Her dissertation Trying to Remember: Museums, Exhibitions and Memories of Violence In Colombia, 2000-2014 explores how different communities remember and represent the atrocities they endured during the recent armed conflict in the country (1980-2000).

Gustavo Alares López, Editor
I obtained my PhD in History and Civilization in the European University Institute (Florence, 2014), with a thesis on the so-called Politics of History in Franco’s Spain (Las políticas del pasado en la España franquista (1939-1964). Historia, nacionalismo y dictadura), in which I analyzed the historical commemorations and the historiographical discourses, together with the role played by “official” historians shaping the national past. I am interested in History of Historiography, Historical culture, Commemorations, Nationalism and Fascism. I have also translated some academic articles into Spanish (from English and Italian). Currently I am postdoctoral researcher at the University of Zaragoza (Spain).

Julian Michel, Editor
Studying at the University of Hamburg, I’m currently half way through my Masters of Education with the subjects History and German. In my Bachelor thesis, I focused on language in education with a qualitative methodical approach – specifically the way multilingualism is focussed on or rather isn’t in the context of school education for non-native speakers. My Master thesis will focus even closer on language in education in the context of history education in Hamburg’s public schools.

Otto Sehlmann, Editor
Otto is currently doing his masters in German language and literature, history and education at the University of Hamburg (Germany). His main interests in his studies are history didactics and public history. He is especially interested in the phenomena of doing history (e.g. living history and re-enactment) as well as the depiction of history in virtual reality. He wrote his bachelor thesis about ‘concepts of imparting history through living history and reenactment – a qualitative analysis of interviews with actors and spectators.’ He is currently working on his master thesis about the connections between language teaching and historical consciousness.