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

ESSHC Amsterdam 2006

The sixth European Social Science History Conference brought some 1300 social historians together in Amsterdam, 22-25 March. Together they offered a programme which filled more than 330 two-hour sessions and a vast overview of research done by social scientist and historians that apply social theories to the past. With these numbers, the conference was the same size as the fifth conference, in Berlin in 2004.

Every two hours the participants divided and re-divided over more than 20 sessions. They flocked together to hear a keynote speech on History as critique delivered by Joan W. Scott. At this general meeting ESSHC organiser Els Hiemstra unfolded plans to take the successful conference to Lisbon in 2008.