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Festivals of history: an Italian way towards Public History?
Journal Title: MEMORIA E RICERCA  
Author/s: Francesco Catastini 
Year:  2011 Issue: 37 Language: Italian 
Pages:  12 Pg. 143-154 FullText PDF:  124 KB
DOI:  10.3280/MER2011-037009
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This paper discusses the absence of public history-teaching programs in Italian universities, and focuses on the practice of history in Italian open public spaces. The emergence of history festivals is analyzed as a phenomenon that affects not only history, but also other disciplines, such as philosophy, literature and even mathematics, and as a way to promote forms of civil engagement trough theater, drama, music and cinema. The paper suggests that the Italian way to Public History -the organization of history festivals- provides an occasion for professional historians to meet the public and to actively participate in civil society.
Keywords: Public History; History Festival; Theater; Music; Movie; Engagement

Francesco Catastini, Festivals of history: an Italian way towards Public History? in "MEMORIA E RICERCA " 37/2011, pp. 143-154, DOI:10.3280/MER2011-037009


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