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

Update, April 26, 2024

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

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


XXIII International Congress of Historical Sciences, Poznań 2020/2022: Solidarity Fund for Ukrainian historians

The Board of CISH would like to inform of its intention to promote the participation of as many Ukrainian historians as possible in the Congress, with the dedication of 10,000 Swiss Francs from its Solidarity Fund to that end.

The Board recommends that the local organizers arrange a round table to investigate topics from Ukrainian and Russian history in order to facilitate a historical discussion of the current situation for the general public.

For more information, please visit Poznań 2020/2022 official website: