Public history offers opportunities to learn, apply, and communicate research to and through many different media. Based on his experience as teacher, project manager, and documentary film maker, Thomas Cauvin will discuss current international debates on public history, its theories, methodology, and challenges. Cauvin will explore how communication to non-academic audiences and participatory approaches invite to reconsider the overall history-making process. In particular, he will discuss how audio-visual and digital interactive projects can be both extremely engaging public experiences and ways for students to learn and practice public history.
Thomas Cauvin is Associate Professor of Public History at the University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History – C2DH). He is a FNR-ATTRACT Fellow and leads the Public History as the New Citizen Science of the Past (PHACS) project. Cauvin has been the President of the International Federation for Public History since 2018. He received his PhD at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy, 2012) and worked for several years in the United States at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (2013-2017) and Colorado State University (2017-2020). He is the author of Public History. A Textbook of Practice (Routledge, May 2016) and several articles and book chapters on public history.
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