Recreating history

Public appropiation and use of the past


Coord.: Jesús IZQUIERDO MARTÍN (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Nicolas MORALES (EHEHI - Casa de Velázquez)
Org.: École des hautes études hispaniques et ibériques (Casa de Velázquez, Madrid), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Registration closed since december 3 2018

Workshop dates: 21th-22nd january 2019

Casa de Velázquez
C/ Paul Guinard, 3
28040 Madrid 


During the last thirty years, Public History has established itself as a discipline in its own right, simultaneously questioning the institutional historiographical practices, the epistemological and social status of the historian’s authority, and the role of people as potential history makers. Nowadays however, the original issues that were debated and led to the development of Public History have changed greatly, going beyond the initial framework that linked the production of scholarly knowledge and public knowledge. Since the 1990s, the outbreak of the “Memory Boom” on an international scale has broadened perspectives, as public requests for memoires have allowed access for new individuals, whilst also giving rise to new tensions, and even competitive “memory wars,” which show cleaved or antagonistic systems of Public History appropriation.

Furthermore, the link between knowledge, power and democracy has become of unprecedented importance, and is now at the heart of the ongoing Public History debates. The acknowledgment of non-academic audiences as fully-fledged actors in the production of history represents a new horizon for citizen engagement, and opens up the possibility of a participatory approach to the practice of history, or even direct democracy. Public History practices can also be claimed as counter-history and alternative historical knowledge can appear as a counter-power.

This activity aims to analyze the emerging historiographical, political, social and cultural challenges in Public History, and also intends to identify new actors and to map the renewal of contemporary methods of collective appropriation in the past. 

Guest speakers and trainers  

  • Noelia ADÁNEZ 
    Political scientist, Radio Contratiempo and Onda Cero, Spain
  • Catherine BRICE
    Historian, University of Paris Est-Créteil
  • Alfons CERVERA 
    Writer, Spain
  • Maryline CRIVELLO 
    Historian, Aix Marseille University
    Historian, web Historia y Comics, Spain
  • Jean-Yves LE NAOUR
    Historian, Scriptwriter, Filmmaker, France
  • Nicolas OFFENSTADT 
    Historian, University of Panthéon-Sorbonne Paris 1
    Institut d'histoire moderne et contemporaine
    Universidad Compluitense de Madrid
    Artist, Spain

Registration closed since december 3 2018

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01/03/2022 - Espagnol