International Students of History Association

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International Students of History Association
Abbreviation ISHA
Formation 1990
Type International Student's Association
Legal status Association
Purpose Educational / Academic
Headquarters Leuven
Region served
Student Associations / Individuals
Official language
Barbora Hrubá
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 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 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

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]


Frequency Yearly
First issue 1999
Language English
ISSN 1457-1226

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).[7]


The organs of ISHA are:

  • The General Assembly (GA in short), who acts like the parliament of the association. It is made by member and observer sections, but only the former have the right to vote. It decides on the association's policies and the modification of statutes and standing orders and elects the Officials.
  • The International Board (IB in short) is ISHA's executive body. It is composed by four members: President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, 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 Treasury Committee is made by two members and has the main task of checking the outgoing treasurer's work at the end of his term.
  • The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the yearly issue of Carnival.
  • The Webmaster has the task of keeping the ISHA website up-to-date.

List of current sections (as of 2014)[edit]

Country Sections
Austria Graz, Vienna
Belgium Leuven
Bulgaria Sofia
Croatia Osijek, Pula, Zagreb
Cyprus Nicosia
Czech Republic Prague,[8] Olomouc
Finland Helsinki, Turku
France Saint-Étienne
Germany Berlin, Jena, Marburg
Hungary Budapest
Iceland Reykjavík
Italy Bologna, Rome, Trieste-Koper (twin section)
Lithuania Vilnius
Macedonia Skopje
The Netherlands Utrecht
Romania Bucharest
Serbia Belgrade
Slovakia Banská Bystrica
Slovenia Ljubljana, Maribor, Trieste-Koper (twin section)
Switzerland Zürich
United Kingdom Kent (Canterbury)


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