The International Commission for the  


History and Theory of Historiography


History of the Commission



  • Call for papers from the European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC) for its 10th Conference, to be held in Vienna, Austria, April 23-26, 2014. The ESSHC aims to bring together scholars interested in explaining historical phenomena using interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the past. The conference is characterized by a lively exchange in many small groups, rather than by formal plenary sessions. It is organized in a large number of networks that cover a certain topic (e.g. criminal justice, family, social inequaIity). The Theory and Historiography network is interested in proposals for panels (consisting of three papers and a comment) on theoretical and historiograpical topics. There is a special interest in comparative and transnational approaches. Please contact Professor Stefan Berger [] or Professor Berber Bevernage [] for information about how to submit proposals.
  • ICHTH pleased to announce that the first recipient of the ICHTH Prize for the Study of Historical Theory and Historiography is Professor Berber Bevernage of University of Ghent, Belgium. Congratulations!
  • ICHTH co-sponsored an open conference on Historians as Engaged Intellectuals: Historical Writing and Social Criticism, organized by Professor Stefan Berger at Ruhr University-Bochum, Sept. 19-21, 2013. Over a dozen ICHTH members presented papers at it which would be edited into a book by Professor Berger.
  • ICHTH encourages its members to attend the 22nd CISH congress in Jinan, China in August 2015. Please contact Professor Ewa Domanska, ICHTH's Program Director, for further information at []; Department of History, Adam Mickiewicz University, ul. Sw. Marcin 78, 61-809 Poznan, Poland.
  • ICHTH cosponsored an international symposium, entitled "Historical Studies and Humanism: An Intercultural Perspective," with Institute of Advanced Studies of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Taiwan University, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Berendel Foundation (London), to be held at Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan, on Oct. 11-12, 2012. For more information, please contact Professor Chun-chieh Huang at [].
  • Cosponsored by the Centre for Advanced Study in Sofia Bulgaria, some members of the Commission recently participated in a meeting on The Role and Responsibility of History Today in Sofia, Bulgaria, Oct. 27-28, 2011.
  • The Commission played an active role at the 21st International Congress of Historical Sciences in Amsterdam, the Netherland, in August 2010. It sponsored and cosponsored several sessions, including "Who Owns History?" "The Rights of the Dead," "Humanism in History," The Ebb and Flow of Marxist Historiography: A Global Perspective," and "Significance of History for Politics and Culture."


Recent Publications by ICHTH Members (2005- )

  • Frank Ankersmit, Sublime Historical Experience (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2005);
  • Giusi Baldissone and Edoardo Tortarolo, eds., Corpi letteraril�esperienza sportiva nella cultura contemporanea: atti del convegno Sport e letteratura, Vercelli, 1-2 ottobre 2004 (Novara: Interlinea, 2005);
  • Michael Bentley, Modernizing England�s Past : English Historiography in the Age of Modernism, 1870-1970 (Cambridge: Cambridge Univeristy Press, 2005);
  • Antoon De Baets, Gebruik en Misbruik van de Geschiedenis (Amsterdam: Boom Publishers, 2008);
  • Antoon De Baets, Responsible History (New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2008);
  • Ewa Domanska, Historie niekonwencjonalnerefleksje o przeszłości w nowej humanistyce (PoznańWydawnictwo Poznańskie, 2006);
  • Jonathan Gorman, Historical Judgement: The Limits of Historiographic Choice (Stocksfield: Acumen, 2007);
  • Michael Hofmann, J�rn R�sen and Mirigam Springer, eds. Schiller und die Geschichte (Mnchen: Wilhelm Fink, 2006);
  • Chun-chieh Huang and John B. Henderson, eds., Notions of Time in Chinese Historical Thinking (Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2006);
  • Georg G. Iggers, Historiography in the Twentieth Century: From Scientific Objectivity to the Postmodern Challenge (Middletown CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2005, 2nd ed.);
  • Georg G. Iggers & Q. Edward Wang, with contributions from Supriya Mukherjee, A Global History of Modern Historiography (London: Pearson/Longman, 2008);
  • Wilma and Georg Iggers, Two Lives in Uncertain Times: Facing the Challenges of the 20th Century as Scholars and Citizens (New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2006);
  • Maria Grever and Siep Stuurman, eds., Beyond the Canon: History for the Twenty-First Century (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007);
  • Marnie Hughes-Warrington, ed. Fifty Thinkers on History (London: Routledge, 2008, 2nd ed.);
  • Marnie Hughes-Warrington, History Goes to the Movies: Studying History on Film (London: Routledge, 2007);
  • Antonis Liakos, Pos Ginetai to Parelthon Istoria (Athēna: Polis, 2007);
  • Allan Megill, Historical Knowledge, Historical Error: A Contemporary Guide to Practice (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007);
  • Herman Paul, Hayden White (London: PolityBooks, 2011);
  • Ilaria Porciani and Lutz Raphael, eds., Atlas of European Historiography. The Making of a Profession 1800 � 2005 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010);
  • On-cho Ng and Q. Edward Wang, Mirroring the Past: the Writing and Use of History in Imperial China (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2005);
  • J�rn R�sen, ed., Meaning and Representation in History (New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2006);
  • J�rn R�sen, Kultur macht Sinn. Orientierung zwischen Gestern und Morgen (K�ln: B�hlau, 2006);
  • Helwig Schmidt-Glintzer, Achim Mittag and J�rn R�sen, eds., Historical Truth, Historical Knowledge and Ideology: Chinese Historiography and Historical Culture from a New Comparative Perspective (Leiden: Brill, 2005);
  • Q. Edward Wang and Franz Fillafer, eds., The Many Faces of Clio: Cross-Cultural Approaches to Historiography--Essays in Honor of Georg G. Iggers (New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2007)


  • The recent Historein, vol. 10 (2010), has a special issue on �History between Reflexivity and Critique: Challenging Concepts and Themes,� which is edited by ICHTH member Effi Gazi and featured contributions by ICHTH members Hayden White, Sanjay Seth, Q. Edward Wang, Diana Mishkova, Ewa Domanska, and Antonis Liakos.


  • In the History and Theory, 46:2 (May 2007), J�rn R�sen edited a forum on "Chinese and Western Historical Thinking," which features essays by such ICHTH members as Chun-chieh HuangQ. Edward Wang, Masayuki Sato as well as J�rn R�sen. Hayden White also has a review article in the same issue.


  • The Historein, vol. 7 (2007), has a special issue on �History and Utopia,� which features contributions by ICHTH members J�rn R�sen, Hayden White, Antoon De Baets and Antonis Liakos.



Other Activities 

  • The Commission sponsors two or three sessions at the quinquennial International Congress of Historical Sciences (CISH).  The next congress will be held in Ji'nan, China, in 2015, for which the Commission is preparing for its sessions at present. For updates and details, please contact the Program Director of the Commission, Ewa Domanska []; Department of History, Adam Mickiewicz University, ul. Sw. Marcin 78, 61-809 Poznan, Poland.
  • The Commission cosponsors or encourages frequent conferences and workshops aimed at promoting scholarly discussions on the history of historiography and the theory of history.
  • The Commission provides assistance in setting up programs and designing courses in historiography as well as offers consultant services when requested for sample syllabi and annotated bibliographies.
  • The Commission hopes to serve as a meeting place for historians and philosophers to exchange new ideas and explores new approaches to the study of the past.
  • Through its international outreach, the Commission aims to expand the studies of historiography and historical theory beyond Euro-America so that all historical cultures are adequately represented.


Sites of Interest

Columbia Journal of Historiography

Cromohs: An Electronic Journal of the History of Historiography

History and Memory

History and Theory


Historia da Historiografia

International Society for Intellectual History

International Network for Theory of History (INTH)

Journal of the History of Ideas

Network of Concerned Historians

Philosophy of History Archive

Rethnking History

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