Public history

Secousse festival: a laboratory for public history

23 January 2019

Lecture by Daphné Budasz, Romain Duplan and Iris Pupella (La Boîte à Histoire)

This conference is part of the C²DH's HANDS ON HISTORY series.


The Boîte à Histoire is a public history association created in 2017 by graduates in public history in Paris. Its first main project was a festival “Secousse” dealing with the revolutions that occurred in 1848. This three days event that took place in Paris in September 2018 had been thought as a meeting space between professional historians and various publics throughout different types of workshops and participative activities. The originality of the project lied in the variety of the activities the festival proposed as well as in the close collaboration of professional historians along with the integration of artistic disciplines and literature.

This session will discuss the way La Boîte à Histoire seeks for creating performative mediation forms that could serve critical discourses while giving a playful dimension to didactical public history practices. Despite the general success of the festival, the question of the public reception is also worth posing. Moreover, the limits meet by certain formats would be discussed with the view to the second edition that will be held in 2019.


Daphné Budasz is one of the founders of the French public history organisation La Boîte à Histoire. She holds a master degree in history from Queen Mary University in London and a master degree in Public History from the Université de Paris Est-Créteil. She is currently a PhD student at the European University Institute and her research focus on sexuality and gender in the British colonial empire in the late nineteenth century.

Born in South of France, Romain Duplan used to organise historical reenactment events before he completed a master degree in ancient history at Sorbonne University in Paris. In 2017, he founded the Public History association La Boîte à Histoire with Iris Pupella-Nogues and Daphné Budasz during their Public History master degree. In 2018, he became a research fellow at the National Museum of Immigration History in Paris.

Iris Pupella-Noguès is a French-Italian researcher and archivist for the French TV channel TF1. She has a master degree in Italian Contemporary History from Università degli Studi di Roma Tre in Rome and a master degree in Public History from the University de Paris-Est Créteil. It is during this second master degree that she founded with Daphné Budasz and Romain Duplan the Public History association La Boîte à Histoire.



Wednesday, 23 January 2019, 14.00 - 15.00


Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History
University of Luxembourg - Maison des Sciences humaines
4th floor
Belval Campus
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette