The seventh European Social Science History Conference took place in Lisbon from 26 February until 1 March 2008. This year, the ESSHC drew some 1600 participants who discussed all aspects of social history in more 400 sessions, and with these numbers was larger than ever before.
The ESSHC is organised every even year by the IISH, alternatingly in the Low Countries or elsewhere in Europe. At the IISH Els Hiemstra is responsible for the ESSHC. In Lisbon our host was professor in Medieval History Ana Maria Seabra de Almeida Rodrigues. From globalization to milk, from soccer tot economic growth, from political violence to gypsies, countless historical topics filled the programme, studied with the methods and insights of the social sciences.
American historian Barbara Weinstein pronounced the keynote lecture on Orientalism in One Country? Race, Region, and Nation in Twentieth-Century Brazil. Before and after that event the participants divided themselves over 25 parallel sessions which proceeded from half past eight in the morning until half past six in the evening.
The programme and some images of the ESSHC are available from our web site. The next ESSHC will take place in Ghent (Belgium) on 14-17 April 2010.