‘Let’s talk about history!’ – Public history through face-to-face communication
Workshop in Prague, 22–24 May 2019
Organisers: German Historical Institute Warsaw / Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam
Organisers: Sabine Stach (German Historical Institute Warsaw), Irmgard Zündorf (Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam)
Deadline for CfP: 15 November 2018
This event aims at introducing protagonists and their practices and at analysing concrete oral situations. Fundamental questions are: what type of narrative forms can be found? To what extent do the specifics of orality (redundancies, situativity, direct speech, addressing the audience, etc.) influence historical narration? Which role does the narrative time play for the time narrated? What impact do the narrative location and the direct interaction between narrators and audience have? What is the significance of intermedia correlations and external interventions? What strategies of authentication manifest themselves in the concrete situations of communication?
Potential subject areas are:
Protagonists: motivation, working conditions, training
Phenomenology: narration in city and museum tours etc.
History didactics and museum education: re-oralisation of historical narratives, presentation techniques, inclusion
Linguistics: everyday language / plain language, multilingualism and translation, authorship
Theoretical perspectives: orality and re-oralisation in written (or digital) cultures
Methodology: ethnography, participatory observation, narrative analysis / folkloric narrative research, relationship to ‘oral history’
We welcome proposals from all disciplinary backgrounds. Please send your abstract (up to 350 words) and a short biography to
Sabine Stach (stach [at] dhi.waw.pl) / Irmgard Zündorf (zuendorf [at] zzf-potsdam.de) by 15 November 2018.
Travel costs within Europe will be covered and accommodation will be arranged.
Contact for questions about the CfP at the ZZF Potsdam:
Dr. Irmgard Zündorf
Head of the area Public History
Centre for Contemporary History
Am Neuen Markt 1
E-Mail: zuendorf [at] zzf-potsdam.de