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Why Public History Matters

Inaugural Conference of the European Network of Public History Masters Programmes, organised by students on the MA in Public History programmes at Queen's University Belfast and the University of York

June 13, 2024 - June 14, 2024
The Graduate School, Queen's University Belfast
11:00 - 15:45

Thursday 13 June

Queen's University Graduate School, TR2

Time Event

Public History in Practice: Infrastructuring participation and community engagement workshop

Camilla Portesani and Dr Rhianne Morgan (PHACS Project - University of Luxembourg)

Implementing participation and working with diverse publics and communities can sometimes be challenging. Discover through this hands-on workshop with two public historians the strategies, tricks and skills needed to facilitate your missions and practice!

Register for workshop here.

12.30-13.30 Lunch & Conference Registration
Panel 1 Contested Pasts, Multiple Voices
  • Edoardo Bastianini (CEU), Political-sponsored institutionalisation of the Italian Resistance: The Institute Alcide Cervi. 1972-2008
  • Pearse Grimes (UL), The Connaught Rangers: a case study in public commemoration
  • Elia Sanchez (Erasmus), Rethinking Queer public history: beyond essentialism and towards liberation
  • Benjamin Harris (QUB), An oral history of immigrants to Belfast after the Good Friday Agreement

Panel 2 Creative Approaches to Public History

  • Kayley Porter (Derby), Who Will Stand in This Place: How interlinking creative practices and public history are creating new ways of memorialising hidden histories
  • Fedor Topolev-Soldunov (York), ’The taste of battle, the smell of siege… and bread’. Looking at sensory history of war through Leningraders’ Siege Diaries
  • Amelia Craik (UCL), My father ‘bleeds’ history: Art Spiegelman’s ‘Maus’ as a case study in history-making for the public historian

Keynote lecture

  • Dr Thomas Cauvin, There shall be hope: the 1001 reasons to study and practice public history
18.00-19.00 Drinks reception


Friday 14 June

Queen's University Graduate School, TR5

Time Event


The Future is Research’ – PhD & Postdoc Panel
  • Dr Myriam Dalal (University of Luxembourg)
  • Alienor Gandanger (University of Luxembourg)
  • Annika Häberlein (University of Cologne, SYP)
  • Dr Rhianne Morgan (University of Luxembourg & QUB)
  • Camilla Portesani (University of Luxembourg)
  • Marianna Tavares (Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte)
  • Esther Wilson (University of York)                            
Panel 3: Visual & digital histories
  • Katherine Porter (UCL), YouTube and digital public history
  • Robin Maillard (Besançon), The Label Hérodote Association
  • Katie Blackwood (UL), Archival donation as public history: care, affect, and emotion work in the National Irish Visual Arts Library
  • Julia Chaffers (UCL), Denver South High School confederate mascot


Panel 4: Physical Sites of Memory
  • Charo Havermans (UCL), PUBlic History
  • Galin Nenov (Derby), Contested shadows: Exploring the legacy of Socialist monuments in contemporary Bulgaria
  • Deirdre McGuirk (UL), Cilliní as Sites of Conscience in modern Ireland: community, memory and social justice
  • Victoria Sood (Derby), Preserving through Partnerships? Exploring whether Haiti has benefited from UNESCO’s Environmental policies
15.30-15.45 Closing Remarks

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