2nd PHW conference 2023

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1-3 September 2023


“Political Activism in and through Public History”.

2nd Public History Weekly World Conference

Venue: Museum für Volkskunde, Wien

Organizers: Marko Demantowsky and Thomas Hellmuth

Staff members: Kristina Langeder-Höll, Barbara Pavlek Löbl, Lorenz Prager and Carina Siegl

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Keynote Speakers


Prof. Catalina Muñoz Rojas

Catalina Muñoz Rojas is Associate Professor of History at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. Her work focuses on the public uses of history around contentious issues of the present. Her current project explores the role of historians and of historical knowledge in transitional justice in the context of the Colombian peace process. Her publications include recently “Moving pictures: memory and photography among the Arhuaco of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia” in History and Anthropology (2017), and “Contentious Memories: History and Urban Redevelopment in Bogotá, Colombia” published in the Journal of Urban Affairs in co-authorship with Friederike Fleischer (2020).

Prof. Jerome de Groot

Jerome de Groot is Professor of Literature and Culture at the University of Manchester. He is currently AHRC Leadership Fellow for the project “Double-Helix History” and has held fellowships and visiting positions in Russia, Japan, Australia and Ireland. He is the author of “Consuming History” (2008/2016), “Remaking History” (2015) and “The Historical Novel” (2009). His research is mainly focused on representation of history in contemporary popular film, television, drama and games, literature of the period 1640-1660, popular and public history, historiography and genetics in popular culture.

Prof. Marko Demantowsky

Marko Demantowsky holds the Chair of Public History at the Faculty Center for Transdisciplinary Historical and Cultural Studies at University of Vienna. Previously he was full professor for modern history and history education in Basel, assistant professor for history education in Bochum and interim professor in Jena and Siegen. His curent main research interests focus on a digitally based ethnology and history of Austrian places of remembrance of national relevance; the digital transformation of historiographic and public-historic practice; and the history and theory of Public History in the European 18th century. He founded Public History Weekly in 2013.


Conference Program


Friday, 1 September

03:30 p.m.       Registration and refreshments

Welcome address by organisers (Prof. Thomas Hellmuth & Prof. Marko Demantowsky)

04:30 p.m.       Welcome addresses by partners

University of Vienna representative
Museum ( Dr. Matthias Beitl)
De Gruyter representative (Dr. Sophie Wagenhofer)

05:00 p.m.       Keynote 1

05:45 p.m.       Coffee Break

06:15 p.m.       Keynote 2

07:00 p.m.      Evening break

08:30 p.m.      Conference dinner


Saturday, 2 September

09:15 a.m.       Welcome address and commentary on both keynotes

09:30 a.m.      Plenary Panel  1

11:00 a.m.       Coffee break

11:30 a.m.       Plenary Panel  2

01:00 p.m.      Lunch break

02:00 p.m.      Plenary Panel  3

03:30 p.m.       Coffee break

04:00 p.m.       Plenary Panel  4

05:30 p.m.       Closing reflection of day 2

06:30 p.m.       Guided public history walk through Vienna’s 1st district

07:30 p.m.       Free evening


Sunday, 3 September

10:00 a.m.      Plenary Panel  5

11:30 a.m.       Coffee break

12:00 a.m.       Keynote 3

01:00 p.m.       Lunch break

03:00 p.m.       PHW Editorial Meeting (internal event)

03:00 p.m.       Welcome address by De Gruyter reprensentative (Dr. Sophie Wagenhofer)

03:10 p.m.       Opening, outline and agenda introduction by Deputy Director Arthur Chapman

03:30 p.m.       PHW data analyses by Managing Director Marko Demantowsky

04:30 p.m.       Coffee break

05:00 p.m.       Discussion

07:00 p.m.       Editorial dinner



4-7 September 2023


PHW Editorial Retreat (internal event)

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