To bring together scholars who explain historical phenomena using the methods of the social sciences

ESSHC Amsterdam 2000

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_small","fid":"26","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"105","layout":"inline-right","title":"photo2000-15.jpg","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"140"}}]]From 12-15 April 2000 the IISH organized the third European Social Science History Conference. The ESSHC took place at the Free University in Amsterdam. With about 1000 participants, 900 papers presented in some 250 parallel sessions the conference was a real success. See the picture-gallery for impressions of the conference.

The ESSHC, organised bi-annually by the IISH, has no specific theme: papers and sessions on any topic and any historical period are welcome. The programme is organized round 28 networks with subjects varying from Antiquity and Middle Ages to Technology and Culture. Main goal of the conference is to bring together scholars interested in explaining historical phenomena using the methods of the social sciences.

Historians, sociologists, demographers, anthropologists, economics and political scientists meet each other in the two hour sessions during which PhD candidates and more advanced scholars present their papers. Thus the conference is characterized by a lively exchange of ideas in small groups.

The topics of the sessions give us a good indication of the state of the art of the historical- and social sciences. To illustrate the variety of themes: on Thursday April 13 from 8.30 - 10.30 one could choose between 18 different sessions with topics as: 'Technology and the Internet'; 'The Social Setting of Art Producers, Distributors and Consumers in the 17th Century'; The Nordic Model of the Welfare State'; 'Gender, Ethnicity and Class in Labour Organisations; 'Immigrant Entrepreneurs'; 'Life Histories, The Life Course and Generations' en 'Gendarmes and the State in Nineteenth-Century Europe'.

Participants came from all over the world: 72% came from Europe (Benelux more than 20%; North-West Europe more than 9%; Central Europe more than 9%, Eastern Europe almost 5 %, Southern Europe more than 12% and almost 15% from the UK and Ireland). 19% of all participants came from the US and Canada, 1.4% from Australia and New Zealand, 0.5% from Latin America; 1.3% from Asia and 0.7% from Africa.