Research seminar

The Historical Institute of the University of Wrocław, Poland (HI UWr), the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History at the University of Luxembourg (C2DH), the International Federation for Public History, and the Commission for Public History of the Committee of Historical Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences invite PhD students and early career scholars to share their research in the framework of the second International Public History Research Seminarto be held in Wrocław, June 12, 2023.

Every year since 2018, Wrocław’s Public History Summer School brings together undergraduate and graduate students from all over the world. They attend lectures, workshops, round tables and discussions, as well as present their own public history projects. The positive feedback that we received from them, as well as their suggestions in evaluation questionnaires encouraged us to extend the school’s program and launch an international research seminar. The first edition, held in 2022, proved a great success, showing that more and more doctoral students and academic historians conduct public history projects or include public history in their ongoing research. As the seminar has potential to become an important platform for networking and exchange of information for scholars who are at the very beginning of their career, we decided to continue the project.

The seminar has no specific theme. Proposals concerning all aspects of public history are welcome, as long as they relate to research – research process, results, theory, methodology, challenges, possibilities, ethical aspects, etc.

Presentations should not exceed 30 minutes for each speaker, and they will be followed by a Q&A session. Presenters will be expected to submit a long abstract (around 1,000 words) ten days before their presentation. It will be circulated among the seminar’s participants beforehand.

The official language of the seminar is English.

Applications should include the following information: name and surname; affiliation; academic degree (if you are PhD, please indicate the year of the PhD award); brief description of your paper (max. 350 words); short biographical note – your education, current research, publications/major achievements and research interests. Please submit your proposal to: by April 1, 2023.

Preference will be given to PhD candidates and scholars who are at the beginning of their academic career (PhD or equivalent for less than six years). Except under special circumstances, MA students will not be admitted.

We will notify all applicants whether their proposal has been accepted by April 15, 2023.


Accommodation costs (Sunday night to Tuesday morning), as well as lunch and dinner on Monday will be covered in full by the organizers who will be responsible for reservations. In addition, participants will receive a travel grant in the amount of 1500 PLN (c. 350 EUR / 370 USD) to cover their transportation and other expenses, including insurance and any medical fees (paid upon arrival). They need to book their tickets themselves, but the organizers will be glad to offer advice on the best routes to and from Wrocław. 


Photo by Grzegorz Polak

Taube Department of Jewish Studies of the University of Wrocław
Św. Jadwigi 3/4
50-266 Wrocław

The seminar will be held in-person – there will be no virtual or hybrid sessions.


For all queries:

Organisation Committee

Joanna Wojdon (University of Wrocław)

Dorota Wiśniewska (University of Wrocław)

Thomas Cauvin (University of Luxembourg)

Scientific Committee

David Dean (Carleton University)

Tanya Evans (Macquarie University, IFPH President)

Victoria Hoyle (University of York)

Wojciech Kucharski (Zajezdnia History Centre)

Malgorzata Rymsza-Pawlowska (American University)

Przemysław Wiszewski (University of Wrocław)