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Recreating history

Recréer l’histoire

Recrear la historia

Public appropiation and use of the past

Appropriations et usages publics du passé

Apropiaciones y usos públicos del pasado

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Published on Tuesday, November 13, 2018


The workshop Recreating history 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. 


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. 

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
  • David FERNÁNDEZ DE ARRIBA 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
  • Iris RODRÍGUEZ ALCAIDEHistorian, writer Web page Presura, Spain
  • Fernando SÁNCHEZ CASTILLO Artist, Spain 


  • Jesús IZQUIERDO MARTÍN (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid),
  • Nicolas MORALES (EHEHI - Casa de Velázquez)

École des hautes études hispaniques et ibériques (Casa de Velázquez, Madrid), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid 

Requirements and selection criteria

Registration required : Online registration form

Registration deadline: November 30th 2018 – 17h (Madrid time)

This workshop is aimed at PhD stutends and young postdoctoral researchers. It is also concerns 2nd – year Masters students whose research projets is well advanced. Sessions are divided between theorical lectures (morning) and practical seminars (afternoon). Working lenguages are english, french and spanish. The 20 participants will be selected ont the basis of their academic record, training background and language skills. Priority will be given to candidates who are working on a doctoral thesis or a Master’s degree in felds related to the topics addressed in the workshop. Therefore, applicants must submit a short text (maximum 500 words) summarising their reasons for applying for the course. After 30th november 2018, selected candidates will be informed regarding how to make payment and enrol (by paypal). A certifcate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the course. 

There is a registration fee of 50 € per student, and includes:

  • Accommodation at the Casa de Velázquez (double room), 3 nights, for the applicants who request it and don’t reside in Madrid 
  • All lunches, 2 days

Transportation costs as well as the rest of the dinners will be at the expense of the participants. A maximal support for intercontinental mobility of 300 euros can be granted to the applicants who solicite it, and who are registered in a university of Africa or Latin-America.


  • Casa de Velázquez - C/ Paul Guinard
    Madrid, Kingdom of Spain


  • Friday, November 30, 2018


  • historia pública, histoire publique, public history, memory boom


  • Soledad Durán
    courriel : soledad [dot] duran [at] casadevelazquez [dot] org

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Matthieu Iandolino
    courriel : secdir [at] casadevelazquez [dot] org


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« Recreating history », Summer School, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, https://doi.org/10.58079/11b1

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