6.0367 CFP: Historical Sciences (1/108)

Fri, 20 Nov 1992 17:49:03 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 6, No. 0367. Friday, 20 Nov 1992.

Date: Fri, 20 Nov 1992 14:46:06 -0230
From: NAME <olaf@kean.ucs.mun.ca>
Subject: Conf: 18th Internat. Congress Historical Sciences


In 1995, the Canadian Historical Association will host the 18th
International Congress of Historical Sciences. With headquarters
in Paris and Geneva, the Comite International des Sciences
Historiques (CISH)/International Committee of Historical Sciences
holds a Congress every five years; the last meetings were held in
Madrid (1990) and Stuttgart (1985). Montreal will represent only
the second time that the Congress has been held outside Europe
(San Francisco 1975). Some 3,000 historians are expected to
attend the sessions, which will be held in the Montreal
Convention Centre and the Universite du Quebec a Montreal. The
official languages will be French and English with simultaneous
translation being provided for plenary sessions.

Since 1990 two Canadian committees have been preparing for the
Congress. A programme committee proposed themes and lobbied for
their acceptance; an organization committee has worked on
logistics (space, transportation, accommodation, translation,
book displays, publication of the Acts of the Congress, and the
social events and field trips that form part of the Congress).
The organizers are giving particular emphasis to facilitating
intellectual and social exchange among the participants. Besides
sponsorship by the CHA, the Congress anticipates strong support
from the Canadian and Quebec governments as well as UNESCO and
other international agencies.

The Montreal Congress represents a unique occasion for historians
in Canada to present their work and to meet with historians from
around the world. As well as European and North American
historians, strong delegations are expected from Asia and Latin
America. Icelandic historians have expressed a particular
interest in meeting Canadian historians, while new members of
CISH such as the Association of Vietnamese Historians will be
present; changing political structures in regions such as Eastern
Europe will offer a new dynamic to the Montreal Congress.
Graduate students from around the world will be encouraged to

Sessions at the Congress are divided into three main sections: 1.
MAJOR THEMES form the subject of large sessions lasting a full
day. In each session some ten to twenty papers are usually
summarized by the chair with a view to leaving maximum time for
discussion among presenters and participants. Major themes are:
Nations, Peoples and State forms; Women, Men, and Historical
Change--the impact of Gender History on Historical Practice; and
People in Diaspora. 2. SPECIALIZED THEME sessions, in which the
paper is usually summarized by the paper's author, are held in
three-hour slots. Sixteen themes have been defined at this point:
Power and Liberty--Historical Research and Publication;
Fictionality, Narrativity, Objectivity (History and Literature);
Decline as an Historical Concept; Oral History; Rethinking
Scientific Revolutions; Religious Movements--proselytization,
intolerance, liberty; Nordicity--Peoples and Societies; Old Age
and Aging; Childhood in History; The Fall of Empires in
Comparative Perspective; War and Culture; Police, Penal and
Judicial History; Development of Underdevelopment--Experience of
the Third World; Economy and Ecology--Friends or Enemies;
Transport in Pre-Industrial Societies; Banking and its Influence
on Commercial and Industrial Capitalism in Europe, the Americas,
and Asia from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Centuries. 3. ROUND
TABLES/WORKSHOPS should relate to the major and specialized
themes proposed for the Congress. They must be organized more
fully, including title, brief synopsis of the issues, and a
preliminary list of participants (both Canadian and non-Canadian)
and short cv's. Selection of the Round Table/Workshop sessions
will be made by the international organizers. 4. OTHER SESSIONS;
the twenty-three International Commissions and eighteen Internal
Organizations of the CISH will hold their meetings during the
Congress. These meetings are organized by the Commissions and
Internal Organizations themselves.

Proposals of papers are welcomed for the major theme, specialized
theme and round-table sessions. The Canadian programme committee
will review submissions emanating from Canada, will forward its
suggestions for the Canadian delegation to the international
organizers and chairs of sessions, and will lobby for the
strongest possible Canadian presence. The chairs of individual
sessions are responsible for choosing participants from
propositions forwarded by national committees such as Canada. If
your paper is accepted, you will be contacted by the interna-
tional organizer of that particular session giving you additional

Paper proposals should include name, address, phone, fax,
institutional affiliation and status, theme for which the paper
is proposed, title of paper and a one paragraph description of
the proposal, and a one-paragraph summary of your cv and interest
in the theme. The entire proposal should not exceed one page.
Round table/ workshop proposals should follow the same format and
may be up to two pages. PROPOSALS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 31
JANUARY, 1993. Proposals and questions concerning the PROGRAMME
should be directed to: Brian Young, Chair, Canadian Programme
Committee of CISH, History Department, McGill University, 855
Sherbrooke West, Montreal, Quebec H3A 2T7 (Tel: 514-398-7393;
FAX: 514-398-8365). Matters concerning ORGANIZATION of the
Congress should be addressed to: Jean-Claude Robert, Chair,
Organization Committee of CISH, Departement d'histoire,
Universite du Quebec a Montreal, C.P. 8888, Succ. "A," Montreal,
Quebec H3C 3P8 (tel: 514-987-8433; FAX: 514-987-7813).

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