ISHA Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISHA

International Students of History Association
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TypeInternational Students' Association
Legal statusAssociation
PurposeEducational / Academic
HeadquartersBerlin, Germany
Region served
Student Associations / Individuals
Official language
Elina Sipilä
Main organ
General Assembly

The International Students of History Association (ISHA) is an international non-governmental organization of students of history. Based and active mainly in Europe, ISHA's goals are to facilitate communication and provide a platform of exchange for students of history and related sciences on an international level.[1]

ISHA was founded in Budapest in May 1990 thanks to the initiative of Hungarian history students who, after the fall of the Iron Curtain, wanted to forge links with their colleagues in Western Europe. At present, ISHA's members include more than 25 sections in fifteen European countries, and a number of observers and associate members, while ISHA is itself an associate member of the European Students' Union (ESU). Moreover, ISHA closely cooperates with a number of other academic networks, among them the European History Network and EUROCLIO, the European Association of History Educators.[2][3]


Throughout the academic year, the various member sections take turns organizing several seminars and an Annual Conference. These events usually last five to seven days and take place with thirty to fifty (in case of the Annual Conference, up to a hundred) student participants from around Europe. They comprise workshops, discussions, lectures and presentations on varying topics, but also offer a cultural programme with visits and excursions. Additional leisure and evening activities are meant to provide more informal opportunities for participants to meet one another and thereby broaden their intercultural understandings.[4]

Past conferences[5]

Year City Country Title
1990 Budapest  Hungary The European Paradigm
1991 Pécs  Hungary People on the move: Migration
1992 Helsinki  Finland Gender and History
1993 Tours  France What does it mean to be Europe
1994 Utrecht  Netherlands History of Daily Life
1995 Mainz  Germany History and Propaganda
1996 Vienna  Austria Man and Nature
1997 Wroclaw  Poland Religion and History
1998 Helsinki  Finland Revolution!?
1999 Heidelberg  Germany Enemies and Feinbilder
2000 Zagreb  Croatia The 20th Century
2001 Vilnius  Lithuania Minorities
2002 Nijmegen  Netherlands Expanding Horizons
2003 Helsinki  Finland Who owns the Past?
2004 Pula  Croatia Trade and Communication
2005 Ohrid  North Macedonia Religion in History
2006 Utrecht  Netherlands Ideologies through History
2007 Turku  Finland Popular culture and History
2008 Delft  Netherlands Facets of power
2009 Zagreb  Croatia Turning points in History
2010 Helsinki  Finland Integration throughout History
2011 Pula  Croatia East and West: Bridging the Differences
2012 Jena  Germany Identities in Transition
2013 Leuven  Belgium Migrations
2014 Budapest  Hungary Images of the Other: Relations between Western and Central-Eastern Europe in History
2015 Bucharest  Romania Local vs Global: A Transnational Perspective on History
2016 Canterbury  United Kingdom Sensing the Past: A Sensory Perception of History
2017 Eger  Hungary Religion and History
2018 Maribor/Graz  Slovenia /  Austria Work in Progress: Modernisation of History
2019 Budapest  Hungary Recycling History
2020 Ghent  Belgium Power Structures, Colonialism & Imperialism throughout History
2021 Pula  Croatia Anti-Fascism

In 2009-10, ISHA took part in the project "Connecting Europe through History – Experiences and Perceptions of Migration in Europe", together with EUROCLIO and The Europaeum, an organization of ten leading European universities.[6]

In 2016-17, ISHA took part in the EU-funded project "Learning a History that is 'not yet History'", together with EUROCLIO and several other partners. The final event (a public debate) took place in the newly opened House of European History in Brussels.[7]


CategoriesHistorical journal
First issue1999

Since 1999, ISHA publishes its own journal, Carnival, in which students can publish articles of their own. Carnival is a yearly publication and is open to contributions from all students of history and related sciences (not only ISHA members).[8]


The organs of ISHA are:

  • The General Assembly (GA in short), who acts like the parliament of the association. It consists of Active and Passive Members, but only the former have the right to vote. Active Members can vote via one Delegate of their own section, or by giving one Proxy Vote to a Delegate of another section. The GA decides on the association's policies, the modification of Statutes and Standing Orders, and on the Annual Conference it elects the Officials for the next term.
  • The International Board (IB in short) is ISHA's executive body. It is composed by five members: President, Secretary, Treasurer and two Vice-Presidents (or one Vice-President and one Vice-Secretary), who apply the guidelines decreed by the General Assembly.
  • The Council represents the main aid of the Board in accomplishing the tasks necessary for the functioning of ISHA.
  • The Archivist is responsible for maintaining and updating the ISHA Archives. Apart from a digitalised version, some parts of the ISHA Archives are physically available for consultation in the Artes - Ladeuze University Library of the KU Leuven, located on the Ladeuzeplein in Leuven.
  • The Editor-in-Chief is the head of the Editorial Board, which is responsible for issuing Carnival, the academic journal of the association.
  • The Webmaster has the task of keeping the ISHA website and social media accounts up-to-date.
  • The Treasury Supervision consists of two members and has the main task of checking the outgoing treasurer's work at the end of his/her term.
  • The Committees consist of an appointed Spokesperson (usually one of the Council Members) and at least one more member, plus several volunteers. Any Official, Active Member or Passive Member of ISHA can become part of the committees and attend the committee meetings. The Committees help the Officials in giving shape to the ideas and policies of ISHA. Currently, there are five thematic Committees:
    • The Alumni & PhD Network Committee
    • The Fundraising Committee
    • The Project Management Committee
    • The Public Relations Committee
    • The Training Committee

List of current sections (as of 2019)[edit]

Country Sections
 Argentina San Miguel de Tucumán
 Austria Graz, Vienna
 Belgium Brussels, Ghent, Leuven
 Bosnia & Herzegovina Mostar, Sarajevo
 Brazil Rio de Janeiro
 Bulgaria Blagoevgrad, Sofia
 Chile Santiago de Chile
 Colombia Bogotá, Medellín
 Croatia Osijek, Pula, Rijeka, Split, Zadar, Zagreb
 Cyprus Nicosia
 Czech Republic Prague,[9] Olomouc
 Finland Helsinki, Turku
 Germany Berlin, Erfurt, Heidelberg, Jena, Marburg
 Greece Thessaloniki
 Hungary Budapest, Eger
 Italy Bologna, Milan, Pisa, Rome, Trieste-Koper
 Lithuania Vilnius
 Netherlands Leiden, Nijmegen
 Nigeria Ile-Ife
 North Macedonia Skopje
 Poland Łódź, Poznań, Warsaw
 Romania Bucharest
 Russia Kaliningrad, Moscow
 Serbia Belgrade, Novi Sad
 Slovenia Ljubljana, Maribor, Trieste-Koper
 Spain Bilbao, Madrid
  Switzerland Lausanne, Lugano
 Turkey Ankara, Istanbul, Zonguldak
 United Kingdom Kent (Canterbury), Manchester

List of former Presidents[edit]

Year Name Country Section
1990-1991 Zoltán Zarándy  Hungary ISHA Budapest
1998-1999 Dragan Božić  Serbia ISHA Novi Sad
1999-2000 Mikko-Olavi Seppälä  Finland ISHA Helsinki
2000-2001 Konstantin zu Dohna  Germany ISHA Heidelberg
2001-2002 John Blake  United Kingdom ISHA Nijmegen
2002-2003 John Blake  United Kingdom ISHA Nijmegen
2004-2005 Janós Betkó  Netherlands ISHA Nijmegen
2005-2006 Alan Götz  Germany ISHA Heidelberg
2006-2007 Branimir Bekavac  Croatia ISHA Zagreb
2007-2008 Leonie Huijs  Netherlands ISHA Nijmegen
2008-2009 Marko Halonen  Finland ISHA Helsinki
2009-2010 Frerik Kampman  Netherlands ISHA Utrecht
2010-2011 Sarah Stroobants  Belgium ISHA Leuven
2011-2012 Stephanie Bakker  Netherlands ISHA Utrecht
2012-2013 Sven Mörsdorf  Germany ISHA Jena
2013-2014 Mišo Petrović  Croatia ISHA Zagreb
2014-2015 Barbora Hrubá  Czech Republic ISHA Prague
2015-2016 Daria Lohmann  Germany ISHA Berlin
2016-2017 (resigned) Benjamin Harding  United Kingdom ISHA Kent
→ 2016-2017 (Acting President) Lilla Zámbó  Hungary ISHA Budapest
2017-2018 Lucija Balikić  Croatia ISHA Zagreb
2018 (second half, intermediary term) Adam Tuković  Croatia ISHA Osijek
2019 Anselm Logghe  Belgium ISHA Ghent / ISHA Bilbao
2020 Blaž Ševo  Croatia ISHA Split
2021 Elina Sipilä  Finland ISHA Helsinki
2022 Elina Sipilä  Finland ISHA Helsinki


  1. ^ http://www.isha-international.org/About
  2. ^ "Home". cliohworld.net.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-08. Retrieved 2014-09-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ http://www.isha-international.org/About
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-09-03. Retrieved 2014-09-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-12. Retrieved 2010-02-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Learning a History that is 'not yet History'".
  8. ^ http://www.isha-international.org/Files/Carnival
  9. ^ "Home". ffabula.cz.

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