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Published on Tuesday, January 11, 2022


The Italian Association of Public History (AIPH) announces the 4th National Public History Conference at the Museum M9 for the history of Italy in the 20th century in Mestre, from the 27th of May 2022 to the 31st May 2022. The 4th AIPH National Conference of Venice-Mestre will create new opportunities for discussion and reflection between those who work with the past. The conference will examine ways in which history is present in society today, from universities to public places, in schools and learning institutions, in high and in popular culture, and, finally, in the daily life of our communities. The invitation to participate aims at those who work in the public history sphere and with various professions aiming at the production of historical and educational content. 


Venice-Mestre, 27 – 31 May 2022


The Italian Association of Public History (AIPH) announces the 4th National Public

History Conference at the Museum M9 for the history of Italy in the 20th century in Mestre, from the 27th of May 2022 to the 31st May 2022. The conference welcome international participation and will be inaugurated at the Department of Economy, University of Venice Ca’ Foscari, in San Giobbe, Cannaregio 873 on Friday 27th of May 2022.

The 4th AIPH conference -during which the Plenary Assembly of the Association will also take place on Monday 30th of May 2022- will continue, after two cancellations in 2020 and 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the work started in Ravenna in June 2017, in Pisa in June 2018 and in Santa Maria Capua Vetere in June 2019, in order to discuss Italian and international experiences and practices and the many challenges of Public History.

In line with the Italian Public History Manifesto, approved after our association’s meeting in Pisa in June 2018, AIPH intends to contribute to the affirmation of a greater awareness of the value of historical knowledge, an essential resource for understanding the present, planning of the future and exercising full citizenship and to the recognition of the profession of historian even outside the universities. The 4th AIPH National Conference of Venice-Mestre will create new opportunities for discussion and reflection between those who work with the past. The conference will examine ways in which history is present in society today, from universities to public places, in schools and learning institutions, in high and in popular culture and, finally, in the daily life of our communities. The invitation to participate aims at those who work in the public history sphere and with various professions aiming at the production of historical and educational content. 

Proposals are invited for many fields:

Memory / history

  • Anniversaries and celebrations and, in particular, the anniversaries relating to 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Interactions between history and memory
  • Monuments and places of remembrance
  • Memory and urban geography: statues, monuments, murals, toponymy, onomastics
  • Oral history and community memories
  • Re-enactments and Living History
  • Use of history
  • Abuses of history
  • Divisive memories
  • Identity construction processes
  • Memory of the Covid-19 pandemic

Media, communication and public forms of narration

  • Social Media and web
  • Practices and projects of digital public history
  • Audio and video productions
  • Role of photography in public history projects
  • Open access and new forms of communication
  • Applications for smartphones / tablets
  • Films, TV Series, Thematic Channels and Documentaries
  • Literature
  • Comic books
  • Theater
  • Scale battles, modeling and collecting
  • Games and video games

Professional practices

  • Citizen’s history
  • Content generated by the public, shared authority, participatory projects
  • Professional ethics and public history
  • University: training of public historians and third mission
  • Schools, teachers, training and didactics with reference to public history
  • Museums, libraries, archives, exhibitions and history exhibitions
  • History festivals
  • History magazines and their audiences
  • Public and private consultancy and commissions in the historical field
  • The market of history and the historians in the market
  • The social role of the historian
  • The disclosure of the story
  • Who are the public historians in Italy?

Territories and communities

  • Light archeology and territories
  • Public archeology
  • Cultural, tangible and intangible heritage
  • Public policies
  • Urban history and Smart Cities
  • History of the environment and the cultural landscape
  • Business history and communication
  • Cultural tourism
  • Faro Convention and Historic Heritages

For the IV National Conference of May 2022, the proposals that fall under the following themes will receive particular attention:

  • Exhibitions and museums of history and, more precisely,
  • Memorial sources in exhibition environments
  • Public memories and national identity practices in museum displays
  • Design of historical exhibitions
  • Museum storytelling
  • Use of photography in history museums
  • Collaborations from the public
  • Faro Convention and enhancement of the tangible and intangible historical heritage
  • Oral history in public history projects
  • Gender history and public history
  • Public History and teaching in schools and universities
  • History of work and public history
  • Digital Humanities, Digital History, Digital public history
  • History Games and Video Games
  • Civil rites, celebrations, commemorations, places of remembrance
  • Italy and the mafias: history, memories and communities in the contexts of organized crime

How to apply

Two types of original proposals (not already accepted for previous AIPH meetings) can be submitted:

  1. Individual papers, which will be integrated into panels by the Scientific Committee for AIPH2020. Each proposal must contain a summary in Italian and English (ca. 2000 characters each) and a short C.V. with address and email of the proponent.
  2. Panels with 3 or 4 participants with a coordinator among them (or in addition). Each proposal must contain an abstract (ca. 1500-2000 characters) in Italian and English, which describes the general theme of the panel and an abstract for each single paper in the panel in both languages (about 1500-2000 characters). A short C.V. of each panel participant and the address and email of the coordinator and of all panelists, must also be included. Same institution’s panels are not recommended. Comparison of experiences and diversified geographical and professional origins will constitute positive elements for the evaluation.

ATTENTION: the contributions already accepted in 2020, including those merged into the Book of Abstracts for AIPH2020, will be subjected to a new evaluation process by the scientific committee, provided that they are updated proposals – in terms of themes and research – compared to what was presented two years ago.

Proposals must be received by the 31 of January 2022

at the address https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=aiph2022.

For further information you should write to the secretariat of the Association: segreteria@aiph.it .

The expected duration for each panel is 90 minutes. At least 20 minutes are dedicated to discussion with the public.

The first draft of the programme will be published on the 28th of February 2022.

On 10 January 2022, the following will also be published:

  • a call for Poster in which students, cultural and social associations, companies, individual professionals and other public and private entities and bodies working in the different areas of Public History, can make their initiatives and products known and promoted.
  • An award for the best Public History projects carried out in the period from January 2021 to March 2022.
  • a call for Pitch of projects still to be carried out with a presentation of a maximum duration of 8 minutes (with any type of media)

Instructions for how to present these types of conference contributions will be announced on 10 January 2022. The deadline common to these three different calls will be on the 20th of March 2020.


Registration Fees for those who are not fully registered AIPH members in 2022 The conference is free for AIPH members in good standing for 2022 and for students of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, upon registration and simultaneous verification of the regular membership of the AIPH in 2022 or the belonging to the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

At the time of registration, the registration fee for all participants and for the public who are NOT members of AIPH in 2022 will be the following:

  • Full registration: obligatory by 1st May 2022 for all participants selected in the panels and in the poster, prizes and presentations sections, which are not fully registered members of the AIPH: € 70 and after May 1st, € 80
  • Registration for students and temporary workers under the age of 35: compulsory by 1st May for all participants selected in the panels and in the poster, prizes and presentations sections, € 30 and after May 1st, € 40

Finally, without attending the conference, it will be possible to register and pay for some training workshops with a limited number of participants, the cost of which will be communicated together with the complete calendar, starting April 2022. Payment can be made indicating the type of registration by bank transfer to:

AIPH – Associazione Italiana di Public History

Banca Intesa Sanpaolo Via Bufalini, 4/6, 50122 – Firenze (FI)




Among those selected by the programme committee, the AIPH will offer scholarships, which will partially cover travel and accommodation expenses. The scholarships will be reserved exclusively for AIPH members. When applying for a scholarship, candidates must declare their academic/work status and current domicile. The application must also contain a short paragraph of motivations.

[1] In homage to the appeal-manifesto of Andrea Giardina, Andrea Camilleri and Liliana Segre available on the AIPH website. See “The AIPH adheres to the appeal: History is a common good, let’s save it“, https://aiph.hypotheses.org/7505

Scientific Committee for the AIPH2022 programme

  • Serge Noiretcoordinatore (Presidente AIPH, Istituto Universitario Europeo).
  • Marcello Andria (Consiglio Direttivo dell’AIPH, Dipartimento di scienze del patrimonio culturale, Università di Salerno, Coordinatore di ELPHi, Rappresentante dell’AIB)
  • Gianfranco Bandini(Consiglio Direttivo dell’AIPH, Storia della pedagogia, Dipartimento di Formazione, Lingue, Intercultura, Letteratura e Psicologia, Università degli Studi di Firenze)
  • Stefano Bartolini, (Fondazione valore lavoro – Archivio storico CGIL Pistoia. Istituto storico della Resistenza e dell’età contemporanea di Pistoia)
  • Nadia Barrella, (Dipartimento di Lettere e Beni Culturali (DiLBEC), Università della Campania Vanvitelli)
  • Paolo Bertella Farneti, (Dipartimento di Scienze del Linguaggio e della Cultura, e Master in Public History, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia).
  • Alessandro Casellato(Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università di Venezia, Ca’ Foscari)
  • Giovanella Cresci, (Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università di Venezia Ca’ Foscari)
  • Stefano Dall’Aglio, (Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università di Venezia Ca’ Foscari)
  • Michelangela Di Giacomo(M9)
  • Pierluigi Feliciati, (Scienze documentarie, Università di macerata)
  • Maria Antonella Fusco (Consiglio Direttivo dell’AIPH)
  • Marina Gazzini, (Università di Milano)
  • Stefania Gallini, (Dipartimento di Storia e Laboratorio di Cartografia Storica e di storia digitale – LabCahid, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotà)
  • Carlo Greppi (Scrittore, Presidente Associazione Deina, Torino, Comitato scientifico dell’Istituto piemontese per la storia della Resistenza e della società contemporanea Giorgio Agosti)
  • Livio Karrer(M9)
  • Cecilia Novelli, (Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali, Università di Cagliari)
  • Chiara Ottaviano (Consiglio Direttivo dell’AIPH, presidente Cliomedia Public History)
  • Deborah Paci (Università di Modena e Reggio-Emilia,Rivista Diacronia)
  • Sabina Pavone (Consiglio Direttivo dell’AIPH, Università di Macerata)
  • Igor Pizzirusso(Consiglio Direttivo dell’AIPH, Istituto nazionale Ferruccio Parri, PopHistory)
  • Maurizio Ridolfi, (Dipartimento di Scienze della Formazione, Università di Roma 3)
  • Enrica Salvatori (Consiglio Direttivo dell’AIPH, Università di Pisa)
  • Carlotta Sorba(Dipartimento di scienze storiche, geografiche e dell’antichità – DiSSGeA, Direttore del Centro interuniversitario di Storia culturale CSC, Università di Padova)



  • Venice, Italian Republic
  • Museum of the 20th century - Via Giovanni Pascoli 11
    Mestre, Italian Republic (30171)

Event attendance modalities

Full on-site event


  • Monday, January 31, 2022


  • public history, applied history, participative history, citizen history,


  • Agostino Bistarelli
    courriel : segreteria [at] aiph [dot] it

Information source

  • Serge Noiret
    courriel : serge [dot] noiret [at] eui [dot] eu


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« 4a Conferenza Nazionale di Public History dell’AIPH », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, https://doi.org/10.58079/180n

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