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International Prize for History CISH/ICHS – Call for proposals

Terms and conditions

The Prize is given to individuals deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the historical discipline through their works, publications and teaching. 

– The Prize is awarded nominally.
– The Prize cannot be awarded posthumously.
– No personal application can be made.
– The members of the CISH/ICHS will send their proposal to the secretary general and to the president of the CISH/ICHS. Only one proposal can be received per member.
– The proposals must include a statement detailing the work of the nominee and give as many elements as possible (CV, books, articles, etc.) to inform the members of the jury.

The members of the Board of CISH/ICHS form the jury according to the guidelines voted on during the General Assembly in Jinan in 2015.

The proposals will be submitted to the office of CISH/ICHS:

Edoardo Tortarolo
c/o Fondazione Luigi Einaudi
via Principe Amedeo, 34
I-10123 Torino


via email to:

before September 15th, 2023.

The awardee will be honored publicly during the General Assembly of CISH/ICHS in Tokyo in Autumn 2024.

Winter Seminar on Papal Archives 2023

A second appointment with Roman weekly workshop on the archives of the Holy See and on the Roman Catholicism will be held in Rome from 23rd to 27th January 2023.

The seminar will introduce, through a multi-disciplinary approach, to the study of the Papal Curia, to its archives and to the sources for the history of the Catholicism and will learn how to know, read, and understand the different kinds of documents preserved therein.

The seminar is addressed to young scholars in Humanities (students enrolled in graduate and Ph.D. programs in Early Modern, Modern and Contemporary History and History of Art but also archivists, museum curators, anthropologists and established scholars who are currently working on global Catholicism).

Deadline for application: 30th November 2022.

For anyone interested, information and costs can be download here:

Sanjay Subrahmanyam awarded the 2020/2022 International Prize for History CISH

The third edition of the International Prize for History CISH was awarded to Sanjay Subrahmanyam, for the excellence of his works.

A specialist of the early modern period (15th-18th centuries), he is the author of numerous books, essays, and edited volumes, ranging between studies of India and the Indian Ocean, the early modern European empires, and reflections on global history as a field of research.

Among his many publications, many translated into different languages, a few may be mentioned here:
* Aux origines de l’histoire globale (Leçon inaugurale au Collège de France), Fayard, 2014.
* (Co-editor) The Cambridge World History, Vol. VI: The Construction of a Global World, 1400-1800 CE, Books 1 & 2, Cambridge University Press, 2015. 
Historical Teleologies in the Modern World (ed. with Henning Trüper and Dipesh Chakrabarty), Bloomsbury, 2015. 
Europe’s India: Words, People, Empires, 1500–1800,  Harvard University Press, 2017;
* Empires Between Islam and Christianity, 1500-1800, SUNY Press, 2018;
* Faut-il universaliser l’histoire ? Entre dérives nationalistes et identitaires, CNRS editions, 2020;
* Les Peuples de l’Orient au milieu du XVIe siècle: Le Codex Casanatense 1889, Édition commentée dirigée par Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Editions Chandeigne, 2022.

The award was delivered during the XXIII International Congress of Historical Sciences in Poznań, Poland, in August 2022.
Please find here the text and the video of the Award Ceremony.

Poznań, 2020/2022 – CISH Secretary General’s Concluding Remarks

Ladies and gentlemen, 
it has been my 6th CISH Congress since 1995 in Montreal and by far the one that has taken place in the most dramatic circumstances. After a two-year-long pandemic and the attack on Ukraine, it has been quite an achievement that the 23rd congress of CISH-ICHS has been successfully concluded. The local organizing committee has done a tremendous job in providing the participants with optimal conditions and exquisite hospitality. It is not the time and place to analyze in detail the topics that the distinguished historians have been discussing and the approaches to the past developed during the fruitful five days of the congress. There are so many lessons learned that will take up some time to digest and really understand. New conceptual ways to understand how to make sense of the complexities of the past have been proposed and discussed. The major themes have focused on relevant aspects of the contemporary perception of the world, human and non-human. The enduring perception that history must have a global perspective has been discussed, although with an increasing interest in forms of coexistence that emphasize diversity and peculiarity rather than the homogeneity inherent in the notion of globality. We will all have time to reflect on these topics, and with the insightful thoughts shared with us by the distinguished speakers at the opening ceremony, prof. Olufunke Adeboye, prof. Dipesh Chakrabarty and prof. Ewa Domanska, and by the CISH-ICHS laureate prof. Sanjay Subrahmanyam.

Let me, however, recall something that has been prominent in the previous week. The first remark comes from the prize that has been awarded for the best poster. I don’t want to comment on the quality of the posters, which, by the way, is excellent. I want to draw your attention once again to the fact that the future is indeed founded on the past and knowing the past is essential for living a good life. But it is also important to give the past and the people who study the past a bright future. Acknowledging the merits of young scholars is crucial to our discipline. The 23rd congress of CISH-ICHS has done an excellent job in that respect. 

The second remark is that the extraordinarily heartfelt hospitality of our colleagues at the Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza restored a sense of community, of oikumene of the historians, that the long pandemic and the tragic events not far from here had eclipsed. 

It has been refreshing to enjoy the company of so many bright fellow historians and restore a much-needed sense of community among kindred spirits. 

Therefore: Dziękuję bardzo i do zobaczenia  w Jerozolimie.

Edoardo Tortarolo
Poznań, August 27, 2022