Histoire publique

Project presentation: Public History as the New Citizen Science of the Past

15 Avril 2020

In this short Facebook-live video, Thomas Cauvin will present his forthcoming 5-year project on developing participatory practices in public history.

Thomas Cauvin, President of the International Federation for Public History, will join the C²DH in June thanks to an FNR ATTRACT fellowship. His project aims to develop public history as a new participatory model for interpreting the past. Inspired by the evolution of digital participatory sciences, the project will facilitate interactions between academics, cultural institutions, and the general public to contribute to a democratisation not only of access but also of the production of history.

The project goes beyond digital technology and citizen science and proposes to apply participatory practices to public history as a whole. Focusing on economic development and community uses of Luxembourg’s industrial heritage, the project will develop innovative models and guidelines to encourage history in public spaces. In order to make public history the new citizen science of the past, Thomas Cauvin’s team will also work with multiple partners to support new history courses in universities so that students can communicate, share and use history in and with the public.

He will present his project in detail in a Facebook-live video on


Wednesday, 15 April 2020

18.00 - 19.00

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