Publication Date

May 1, 1995

The 18th International Congress of Historical Sciences will be held August 27 through September 3, 1995, in Montreal. The congress meets only once every five years, and this is only the second time in its history that it will meet outside Europe. The last meeting of the congress, in Madrid in 1990, attracted approximately 3,000 participants from around the world. As a window on contemporary historiography, the conference reveals strong developments in a number of important fields. This is a rare opportunity for scholars to meet together on this scale. Our discipline is alive and well.

The Montreal Congress will feature 53 sessions based on three major themes: (1) Nations, Peoples, and State Forms; (2) Women, Men, and Historical Change: Case Studies on the Impact of Gender History; and (3) Peoples in Diaspora: Changing Sources, Forms, and Meanings. There will also be 16 specialized half-day sessions on a variety of themes, including decline as a historical concept, old age and dying, environmental history, war and culture, and oral history. In addition, 34 roundtable sessions have been planned to allow active participation from the floor. French and English will be the official languages for the congress; simultaneous translation will be provided for the opening session and the three major thematic sessions of the congress. The congress will be held at the Montreal Convention Center and at the Université du Québec à Montréal, both in downtown Montreal.

The International Committee of Historical Sciences (CISH), the sponsoring agency for the congress, was founded after a 1923 conference in Brussels. The CISH brings together 48 national committees, 22 affiliated international organizations, and 18 internal commissions. The Canadian Historical Association, which will hold its annual conference two days prior to the Congress, will host the Montreal meeting. The AHA participated actively in creating this program. The AHA representative, Jean Quataert, worked with representatives of the other sponsoring organizations to put together a stimulating program.

For a conference program and further details, contact 18th International Congress of Historical Sciences, C.P. 8888 Succursale Centre-ville, Montréal, Québec H3C 3P8, Canada. Fax (514) 987-0259. E-mail:

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