Department of History
Center for Public History
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Center for Public History strives to spread historiographical findings among the broad public and thus promote the development of critical thought, as well as awareness of the multifacetedness, complexity, continuity, and contextualization of social phenomena. Consequently, the Center aims to provide information about the importance of knowledge and knowing of oneself, one’s own past and that of others for the development of appropriate and respectful relations. This is of vital importance because it controls damage resulting from spreading fake news and manipulating historical facts in the scope of different ideologies. Additionally, critical thinking, as well as high-quality and verified information enable the public to refrain from judging the world on the basis of stereotypical and manipulated beliefs. Public history thus enables links and good understanding between groups with, for instance, different national, political, cultural, generational, ideational belonging, etc. The Center is active in the following realms: public history, visualisation of history through design, art, posters, memorials, informational value of other public texts (e.g. graffiti, lyrics); it deals with cultural and political trends as well. The Centre achieves its goals by way of scientific research, education and different forms of public appearances. Namely, it aims to spread verified historiographical findings that are based on scientific methods to the broad public. The Centre seeks to familiarize young people with knowledge of the past and its importance for understanding the present; it thus aims to present history in as graphic and witty way as possible. In addition to that, the content presented is suitable for use in schools. Education is not the only sphere in which the Centre operates; it is committed to interdisciplinarity and works with geographers, architects and experts from other fields. The Centre ensures a directed and systematic operation in the sphere of public history that is still in its infancy.