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ICHS/CISH General Assembly in Tokyo, October 25, 2024

Update, April 26, 2024

On behalf of the ICHS/CISH Board, we would like to inform all members that we have been following the evolving situation in the Middle East with particular attention and concern since October 7, 2023. In light of the ongoing escalation, we have agreed that there are no conditions to prepare for the 2026 Congress in Jerusalem. The Board, in agreement with the Historical Society of Israel, decided to postpone the ICHS/CISH Congress until 2028 and to hold a Congress dedicated to the centenary of ICHS/CISH in 2026. At the General Assembly in Tokyo on October 25, 2024, all members will discuss how and where to hold the Centennial Congress.

The General Assembly will take place at the Kasumigaseki Campus (Small Campus), Teikyo University, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, October 25, 2024, from 9 am to 5 pm.

The award will be delivered after the ICHS/CISH General Assembly at the Embassy of the Federative Republic of Brazil in Japan, in Tokyo, October 25, 2024, from 6 pm to 8 pm.

The conference Crossings and Connections: East Asia and the World, c1800-1945 will take place at the Hachioji Campus, Teikyo University, Tokyo, October 26, 2024. The deadline for submission of paper proposals is confirmed as April 30, 2024.

April 26, 2024

The President of CISH and the Secretary General

Call for Proposals – Jerusalem 2026

Turin, September 6, 2023

Dear Colleagues,     

A year has passed since the close of the 23rd Congress in Poznan.  It is now up to us to prepare for the 24th CISH Congress in Jerusalem, July 26-31, 2026.  

Only CISH members (national committees, affiliated international organizations, internal commissions) are invited to send the CISH secretariat their proposals for themes to structure the Congress program. 

The format for presentations remains unchanged, in accordance with the resolutions of the General Assemblies: 

– 1. Major themes: sessions last a full day, and the number of presenters must not exceed twelve. 

– 2. Joint sessions: these must be proposed by at least two CISH member organizations. They take place over three hours and must not bring together more than six speakers.

– 3. Specialized themes: these sessions involve between six and eight speakers and last three hours.

– 4. Round tables and special sessions: the round table consists of a panel discussion of a substantial text, raising a major issue and drafted by the person in charge of the session. The maximum number of participants is four, excluding the organizer(s). Sessions last three hours.

Proposals must therefore clearly specify whether they concern a major theme or one of the other types of session.

The themes proposed must be varied and innovative. If possible, they should put several regions of the world into perspective, and for the major themes in particular, they should cover all chronological periods. Care should be taken to balance genders and generations in the choice of speakers. 

Organizers are asked to write a short presentation on the theme of the session (5,000 characters in Word format). They should fill in the form below with their contact details. Please note that the working languages are English, French and Spanish only. Organizers can already indicate the names and qualifications of the speakers. 

Each member of the CISH, through its representative, must return all proposals to the general secretariat before February 28, 2024

The proposals selected by the committee will be posted on our website: and all CISH members will have a short period in which to send their reactions. 

Considering these reactions, the committee responsible for preparing the Congress program will draw up a synthesis of the proposals.  This synthesis will be submitted to the General Assembly (Tokyo, October 26, 2024) for discussion and vote. The major themes will be chosen separately by the General Assembly from the list of proposals. 

We remind you that the board is authorized to propose panel pairings directly to the organizers in the event of similar themes. It is the responsibility of CISH members to keep the organizers informed of developments in the procedure. The organizers are obliged to inform those whose proposals have been rejected.  Please refer to the program for the 23rd Poznan Congress.

Once the General Meeting has voted, the selected organizers will be responsible for setting up their session and recruiting their speakers. Details will be sent out by the ICHS Board at the end of 2024. The board may issue a second call for contributions to solicit new themes or complete certain sessions.

Warmest regards, 

Edoardo Tortarolo

Call-for-Proposals-Jerusalem-2026 & Form.pdf


Crossings and Connections: East Asia and the World, c1800-1945 – Teikyo University, Tokyo, Japan, 26 October 2024

Call for Papers

The international conference on ‘Crossings and Connections: East Asia and the World, c1800-1945’ is an accompanying program of the General Assembly of the International Committee of Historical Sciences (ICHS) hosted by the Japanese National Committee of the ICHS and the Japanese Historical Council. The Conference ‘Crossings and Connections: East Asia and the World, c1800-1945’ will be held at Teikyo University, HACHIOJI Campus, Tokyo, on Saturday 26 October 2024.

This conference aims to explore various aspects of the historical processes of global or transregional crossings and connections in East Asia between the beginning of the 19th century and the mid-20th century, thereby discussing diversity and heterogeneity in its processes. Global migration, distribution of commodities, and political and cultural exchanges have expanded dramatically since the 19th century. East Asia was also one of the regions that became an important theatre of these crossings and connections. East Asian countries did not simply accept or respond to the influence of expanding European powers. In this region, multiple political forms existed side by side: China experienced a political transformation from an imperial system to a republic by revolution under the unequal treaty system; Japan became a colonial empire by acquiring Taiwan and Korea through the Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese Wars; and most parts of Southeast Asia, except Thailand, were colonised by Britain, France, the Netherlands, and finally the U.S. At the same time, various actors actively joined these global crossings and connections and promoted political, economic, and cultural transformations in this region. New ‘diversity’ in East Asia was moulded not due to unilateral convergence but as a multidirectional process, which included cultural translation and appropriation in local contexts.

These multidirectional crossings and connections over Eurasia, intra-Asia, and the Pacific Rim recreated diversity and heterogeneity, and while heavily affected by the Cold War system, various political, economic, and cultural influences remained in this region. At this conference, we would like to provide an occasion to discuss the diversity of historical pasts by focusing on specific cases of crossings and connections in Modern East Asia, using the accompanying program of the General Assembly of the ICHS in Tokyo. The papers could include one or more of the following topics:

1. Political crossings and connections: political ideas, concepts, institutions, etc.
2. Economic crossings and connections: port cities, shipping and transportation, railways and railway stations, merchants and trading companies, free and unfree migration, etc.
3. Cultural crossings and connections: travellers, missionaries, scientists, intellectuals, etc.; education or academic exchanges.
4. Military crossings and connections: movements and station of troops, concentration camps, forced transportation of population, etc.

Conference Requirements

Organized as an attached program to the General Assembly of the International Committee of Historical Sciences (ICHS), the conference will convene at Teikyo University, Hachioji Campus, Tokyo, Japan, on 26 October 2024. We cordially invite proposals from scholars at all career stages, including early career. All submitted proposals will be screened according to the aims of the conference. The submissions of individual paper proposals include the following:

・Name, affiliation, and contact information
・Paper title and abstract of 200-300 words
・A brief CV (2 pages maximum)

Send all submissions by email attachment in a single PDF document to:
Send also inquiries to:

Deadline for submissions of proposals: 30 April 2024


Japanese National Committee of the International Committee of Historical Sciences
Japanese Historical Council
This conference will be held in collaboration with Teikyo University.


Please note that ICHS General Assembly will be held in the heart of Tokyo, at the KASUMIGASEKI Campus, while the Conference ‘Crossings and Connections: East Asia and the World, c1800-1945’ will be held on Saturday 26 October 2024 at Teikyo University, HACHIOJI Campus, just over an hour and a half from downtown Tokyo.

Contact Information

Prof. YOSHIZAWA Seiichiro
President of the Japanese National Committee
Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, University of Tokyo

Prof. KOSEKI Takashi
General Secretary of the Japanese National Committee
Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University

Prof. ASADA Shinji
Treasurer of the Japanese National Committee
Faculty of Economics, Komazawa University

Prof. WATANABE Hirotaka
Member, Bureau of ICHS/CISH, 
Faculty of Law, Teikyo University

Laura de Mello e Souza awarded the 2024 International Prize for History CISH

The fourth edition of the International Prize for History CISH 2024 will be awarded to Laura de Mello e Souza, for her intellectual and academic career, alongside the exceptional quality, originality and uniqueness of her work.

For more than four decades, Laura de Mello e Souza has engaged with various trends and waves in historiography, both international and Brazilian, contributing to the progress of historical research and to the dialogue between cultures, opening many new perspectives and training generations of scholars. Social and cultural history have always been her fields of choice, but she has also combined them with political, religious, and literary history.

Among her many publications, many translated into different languages, a few may be mentioned here:

  • Os Desclassificados do Ouro, published in 1983 (translated into French: Les déclassés de l’or. La pauvreté dans le Minas Gerais au XVIIIe siècle, Paris: Le Poisson volant éditeur, 2020);
  • O Diabo na Terra de Santa Cruz (published in English as The Devil and the Land of the Holy Cross: Witchcraft, Slavery, and Popular Religion in Colonial Brazil, Austin: University of Texas Press, 2003; and in Spanish as El diablo en la tierra de Santa Cruz: hechichería y religiosidad popular en el Brasil colonial, Madrid: Alianza, 1993);
  • O Sol e a Sombra: política e administração na América portuguesa do século XVIII  (São Paulo: Companhia das Letras, 2006);
  • Cláudio Manuel da Costa: o letrado dividido (São Paulo: Companhia das Letras, 2011).

The award will be delivered during the ICHS/CISH General Assembly in Tokyo on October 27, 2024.
Please find here the Board’s statement for the 2024 International Prize for History CISH to Laura de Mello e Souza.

ICHS-CISH General Assembly, Tokyo 2024

The next General Assembly of ICHS-CISH will take place in Tokyo on Sunday, October 27, 2024.

The arrival is recommended on Thursday, October 24, 2024
The Board will meet on Friday 25.
On Saturday 26, a scientific conference organized by our Japanese colleagues will take place.
On Sunday 27, the General Assembly will take place. At its conclusion, the award ceremony of the International Award for History.
Monday 28: day off and departure.

ICHTH–INTH Book Prize for the History and Theory of Historiography – Call for Applications 

The International Commission for the History and Theory of Historiography (ICHTH) and the International Network for Theory of History (INTH) jointly award a Book Prize and a First Book Prize, worth $500 each, for the Best Book and Best First Book on any aspect of the history and theory of historiography. The Prize is supported by the journal Storia della Storiografia

Submissions are now open for the 2024 ICHTH–INTH BEST BOOK AND BEST FIRST BOOK (published between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2023) 

The Prize focuses on books in the field of the history and theory of historiography. A book is any single-author publication with an ISBN. There are two categories: Best First Book and Best Book, with the former targeting first works (including published Ph.D. dissertations) of early-career scholars and the latter targeting all other works. Authors may submit only one book. 


  • The submitted book should be published between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2023.
  •  The submitted book should be in English, French, German or Spanish (based on the linguistic competence of the Prize Committee).
  • The following materials should be submitted to the Prize Committee:
    (1) one hard copy of the book: please send to Berber Bevernage, History Department, Ghent University, St. Pietersnieuwstraat 35, 9000 Ghent, Belgium.
    (2) a pdf of the book (for internal use of the Prize Committee): please send to
    (3) a pdf with curriculum vitae and list of publications: please send to

All scholars, whether ICHTH or INTH members or not, can submit. Pdfs should not exceed 25 MB.
Each e-mail will receive an automatic response acknowledging its receipt. 

The Prize Committee consists of four scholars nominated by ICHTH and INTH: Prof. Berber Bevernage (Ghent University, Belgium), Prof. Lizette Jacinto (Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico), Prof. Lize Kriel (University of Pretoria, South Africa), and Prof. Marek Tamm (Tallinn University, Estonia). 


  • Deadline for electronic submission is 31 December 2023 (early submissions are
  •  A shortlist of selected candidates will be determined by 20 April 2024.
  • An announcement and celebration of the Prize will be held on 22–24 May 2024 at
    the INTH conference in Lisbon.

    Storia della Storiografia will publish two Fora dedicated to the Prize winners: Forum for the Best First Book and Forum for the Best Book. Both Fora will consist of a summary of the winning book by the laureate, three review essays, and a rejoinder by the laureate.

    Prize updates are available at and