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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: https://ichs2020poznan.pl/en/

CISH Board to Her Magnificence the President of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań 

The Board of CISH has been informed about your decision—“in accordance with the decision of the Polish Ministry of Education and Science and following the appeal to Polish academics and intellectual elites in connection with Russia’s aggression against Ukraine”—to cease official collaboration with research and higher education institutions of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus. At the same time, you have emphasized that your objection “concerns the actions of the politicians and governments, it is not targeted at people of Russian and Belarusian nationality.”

The Board of CISH expresses full agreement with you that the invasion of Ukraine is a brutal violation of human rights. The Board of CISH has carefully analyzed the current situation and declares that it stands with you in this decision.

As a consequence, official participation of the National Committee of Historians of the Russian Federation and the Russian universities in the 2022 Congress will not be possible. Historians based at universities and institutes of higher education and research in the Russian Federation may therefore participate in our Congress only as unaffiliated scholars.

Furthermore, the Board of CISH would like to inform you 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 further 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.

The Board of CISH would like to thank in particular the Rector of AMU, the Polish Academy of the Sciences, and the local organizers for the efficient and constructive collaboration with the Board of CISH in these very difficult times.

ICHS Statement

As the world’s largest organization of historians, the Comité International des Sciences Historiques (CISH) – International Committee of Historical Sciences (ICHS) includes national and topical history organizations from all continents and covering all time periods. 

Our purpose is to defend freedom of thought and expression in the field of historical research and teaching and oppose the misuse of history for whatever purpose. 

As such, we strongly condemn the abuse of history employed by President Putin in rationalizing Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. History is not owned by states or rulers, and we deplore the use of history to foster enemy images and distorted myths. 

Freedom of thought and expression requires dialogue and means that our identities and communities are subject to revision and change.  

We stand by our member organizations from the Russian Federation and Ukraine in support of open and free dissemination of historical sources and open and free discussions about interpretations and narratives. 

The Board of CISH- ICHS

6th World Conference of the International Federation for Public History, Berlin 16-20 August 2022

Due to the global pandemic, the 6th World Conference of the International Federation for Public History, originally planned for August 2020, had to be postponed twice. A new Call for Papers has been issued.
There is no specific conference theme and no focus on a particular historical era. Proposals covering a wide range of public history are welcome, such as: Public History practice and civic engagement, Memory,  Digital, Media, Performance, Professional issues.

The deadline for all proposals is 31 January 2022

Guidelines and further information can be found on https://www.ifph2020.berlin.

XXIII International Congress of Historical Sciences Poznań 2020/2022: Solidarity Fund

In line with its tradition and with significant support from generous sponsors, the Organizing Committee of the XXIII International Congress of Historical Sciences Poznań 2020/2022 has established a Solidarity Fund for historians who would like to participate in the Congress.

Support will be given in the form of:
a) free accommodation in Adam Mickiewicz University dormitories for 150 participants
b) a registration fee waiver for 100 participants
c) travel grants for 60 participants

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2022.

Please find all the information and contact details here: https://ichs2020poznan.pl/en/solidarity-fund/

Resources for Historical Studies

The blog Geschichtstheorie am Werk aims to theorize and reflect on history, which is to say history as both a research object and epistemological practice. It seeks, in the sense of a workshop, to critically question what history is, and how it can be researched and represented. Hence, by the theory of history we understand a process that is “at work,” one that also includes reflecting on one’s own practice. This results in a wide range of topics, including “classic” questions such as: What exactly is history? How can the ontological absence of the past and future be realized? What are the objects of historical research? How are they dealt with in achieving knowledge? In what medial, fragmentary, and (non)-accidental form is the past handed down? Which (medial) forms of representation do historians choose to present their interpretations of non-present times? What social roles are assigned to history, and what ethical values are associated with it as a historically and geographically situated academic practice?

The Editorial team invites researchers interested in historical theory to submit their contributions and reflections in German, English, French, Italian, or Spanish.