ESSHC 2025 Save the Date!

The ESSHC 2025 will take place in Leiden, the Netherlands 26 - 29 March.

"A university city since 1575, Leiden has been one of Europe's most prominent scientific centres for more than four centuries. Leiden is a typical university city, university buildings are scattered throughout the city and the many students from all over the world give the city a bustling, vivid and international atmosphere."
Source Wikipedia, more about: Leiden.


ESSHC 2023 impressions

Impressions of the 2023 conference held in Gothenburg, Sweden 12 - 15 April.
Photographs by Robert Lipic and Astrid Verburg.

Many thanks to all participants.

See you in Leiden, the Netherlands March 2025.

Maya Adereth wins Jan Lucassen Award 2023

At the general meeting of the ESSHC in Gothenburg the winner of the Jan Lucassen Award was announced and presented by jury member Silke Neunsinger.

The Winner: Maya Adereth (London School of Economics)

with the paper: Trade Unions and Universal Welfare: The Importance of Organizational Context

She wins the prize consisting of: € 1000  

There were two Honorary Mentions

for Claudio Monopoli (Università degli Studi di Padova) with his  paper: The agency of pornographic photography: sexuality and visual culture in Italian censorship nets, 1839-1919

and Josep Mas-Ferrer (Universitat de Girona) with his paper: Forks and napkins on poor tables. Production and consumption in humble rural households at the end of the Ancien Régime (north-eastern Catalonia, 1750-1807)

Each receiving an encouragement prize of:  €250





The Winner: Maya Adereth (London School of Economics)

Let's get ready! Prepare your visit.

 Next week the ESSHC will kick off , so let's get ready!

Check your mail- and spam boxes for your:

  • E-badge. This week (Wednesday) you will receive your e-badge with information on registration. Just in case you miss it, it will be resent next Tuesday. Bring a print or save it on your mobile phone: you can scan the code at the conference venue to collect your actual badge. The e-badge will be sent by Reference Technology.
  • Conference app Last week you received an invitation to download the conference app. For iOS and AndroidAlternatively search Floq by Conference Compass in the app store. The ESSHC app is hosted within the Conference Compass App. You can use this app to make your personal program, network with other participants within the app, find lots of practical information on the location, the book exhibit, floorplans and lots more. 

To prepare your visit: 

  • Conference desk The conference desk will be located in the entrance hall of the Handelshögskolan, (School of Business, Ecomics and Law) at Vasagatan 1, Gothenburg. Do you have a session early Wednesday morning? Collect your badge and conference materials on Tuesday afternoon if possible. The conference desk will be open for registration and information starting Tuesday, April 11, 16.00-18.00. 
  • Presentation Bring your presentation on a USB and just in case, mail a copy to yourself. You cannot connect your own laptop. NB if you are working with a Mac, please convert your presentation. Please also bring a print out as we have no printing facilities at the conference desk. 
  • Insurance Please make sure you have adequate travel insurance.

Looking forward to seeing you in Gothenburg.

Warning of a scam from travellerpoint(dot)org

A few participants have warned us that they have received an e-mail from a company called travellerpoint(dot)org.
This company is NOT in any way affiliated to the ESSHC 2023 conference.
This company sends unsolicted e-mails to conference participants (not only ESSHC but also other European conferences) hoping that participants will use their services for finding accommodation. Please do not contact them, please do not provide them with your personal information.

We want to emphasize that ESSHC did not provide the participants' e-mails to this company. ESSHC only works with a few companies e.g. Conference Compass (the conference app), Reference Technology (printing of badges) and for the 2023 conference with TravelTeam (hotel accommodation) in Sweden.
Also ESSHC does not publish participant e-mails online (only network chairs' e-mail addresses are published).

On our website under hotels you can find more information how to find accommodation in Gothenburg.

If you can, please block the sender in your e-mail program.

Looking forward to seeing you in Gothenburg.

The preliminary programme is online!

The preliminary programme is now available.    

Call for Papers 2023


The deadline for sending in your paper and session proposals is April 15!


We have decided, after much consideration and in consultation with the Advisory Board and the network chairs, to postpone the congress for a year to 2023.
The 14th European Social Science History Conference 12-15 April 2023 is organized by the IISH in co-operation with the University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.

The aim of the ESSHC is bringing together scholars interested in explaining historical phenomena using the methods of the social sciences. The conference is characterized by a lively exchange in many small groups, rather than by formal plenary sessions. The conference welcomes papers and sessions on any historical topic and any historical period. It is organized in 27 thematic networks.

The deadline for paper and session proposals is 15 April 2022.
Click here to send in your paper and session proposals.

Prof. Jan Lucassen Award

PhD students are invited to enter their paper for the Prof. Jan Lucassen Award for best paper by a PhD student in the conference programme.

Sad News

We have very sad news to report. Thomas Welskopp, chair of the Network Theory and Historiography, has passed away. He will be dearly missed. More information on his live and work can be found here


Opening ceremony ESSHC 2021

For the first time in the history of the ESSHC, the conference had an opening ceremony, with two cultural performances.

Director of Research of IISH Karin Hofmeester welcomes the viewers, after which there is a performance of Spanish singer - and colleague - Almudena Rubio with 'songs of love and rage'.

This will be followed by a presentation of the artists in residence at the IISH - Milena Bonilla and Ana María Gómez López.

You can view the ceremony here.


Keynote lecture "The hidden rules of academic life" by Marcel van der Linden

On 25 March Marcel van der Linden, fellow at the Institute, held a keynote lecture during the ESSHC.

You can view the filmed keynote lecture "The hidden rules of academic life" here via this link.
The text of the keynote can be found here

Before the keynote, Mark Hup from the University of California (Irvine) was granted with the Jan Lucassen Award 2020 for his paper: Corvée Labour and State Expansion in Colonial Indonesia.

Wednesday 1 April: Mark Hup wins Jan Lucassen Award 2020!

This year’s Jan Lucassen Award goes to Mark Hup from the University of California (Irvine), where he is preparing his PhD thesis in economics under the guidance of Professor Dan Bogart.

For his paper: Corvée Labour and State Expansion in Colonial Indonesia

From the jury report:
“The paper, which engages with labour history and economic history, is well structured, clear in the methodology used that combines social sciences and history. We find here an excellent combination of empirical historical research and social science theory and techniques. Besides, the theoretical premises are not as narrow as in much econometric-statistical research, but here they encompass both economic, social and political motivations, and Hup shows how to disentangle these.”

“Mark will receive the prize because he critically combines theory and history, he builds a new database proxying the expansion of the State with some variables such as the density of the state officials, the availability of wage labour and the industrialization process.”

The Jury also awarded two honourable mentions to
– Henning Bovenkerk for his paper: Silk for Peasants? Global goods in rural households in the 17th and 18th century Northwestern Germany
– Emmanuel Falguières for his paper: Land Ownership as a Social Practice in the United States. A Case Study from Kansas, 1870-1930


You can read the full jury report here

The award and honourable mentions will be presented at the General Meeting of the postponed ESSHC in March 2021