Dear ISHA People,

We heartily invite you to the 25th ISHA Annual Conference in Budapest, taking place from 14 to 19 April 2014!

The topic of the conference is “Images of the Other: Relations between Western and Central-Eastern Europe in History” and the workshops are going to examine a wide variety of its aspects, including but not limited to conflicts, anniversaries, identities, arts, stereotypes, the press and more. The scientific programme will be complemented by guided thematic tours in Budapest, visits to notable scientific and cultural locations as well as well known and anticipated features like the Pub Crawl or the National Food & Drinks Party.

The highlight of this year’s event is the 25th conference ceremony, where the founders of ISHA and former officials, as well as members of the board of patrons will participate in a round-table discussion on the history and future of ISHA, with the opportunity to meet them and other ISHA alumni during a small evening reception.

The application period for the conference starts on Monday, 10 February 2014 at 00:00 CET and ends on Friday, 14 February 2014 at 23:59 CET. The participants list will be published by 21 February 2014 at the latest. The participation fee is €100, which covers accommodation, catering as well as transportation during the week.

Please follow this blog for further details; workshop descriptions and more are coming soon!

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Good luck with your exams and other duties and hope to see you in April! 🙂

All the best,

ISHA Budapest


Thank You

Dear All,

In this final post on the official blog of the 25th ISHA Annual Conference, we would like to express our gratitude to all of You, who have made it possible.

First of all, let us thank Prof. Dr. Gábor Erdődy, Vice-Rector for International Affairs of the Eötvös Loránd University and the Department of Modern and Contemporary Hungarian History of the Institute of Historical Studies, Faculty of Humanities for the infrastructure of the conference, as well as all the various support; Dr. Tamás Dezső, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities for providing us with the rooms and halls of the faculty and other infrastructure; Dr. Csaba Borsodi, the Director of the Institute of Historical Studies for the support of the Institute; Dr. Attila Pók, Deputy Director of the Institute of History, Hungarian Academy of Sciences for his support and kind invitation to the Institute; Dr. Gábor Sonkoly for being kind enough to deliver the opening lecture and the support of the Atelier, Department for European Historiography and Social Sciences; the devoted colleagues at the Szekfű Gyula Library of the Institute of Historical Studies for providing us with the venue; and the maintenance staff of the Faculty for their technical support.

Moreover, our sincere gratitude goes to Dr. László Csorba, the Director of the Hungarian National Museum for securing a discount entry for the visiting group; as well as Imre Csiszár, President of the Union of Hungarian PhD Students, Attila Sujtó, President of the Students’ Union of the Faculty of Humanities, and President Mišo Petrović and ISHA International for their contribution to financing the 25th Annual Conference Roundtable and Reception.

We would also like to express our thanks and appreciation to Zoltán Zarándy, Frerik Kampman and John Blake for accepting our invitation and contributing to the Roundtable discussion; Roundtable Chairman Sven Mörsdorf for his persistent and devoted work on the Conference; as well as Jonathan Even-Zohar for representing EUROCLIO and joining the Roundtable and Lyda Michopoulou for conducting the workshop on fundraising.

Let the leaders of the conference workshops also be thanked here for their efforts in the weeks leading up to and during the event: Lisbeth Matzer, Marco Jandl (Anniversaries, Narratives and Collective Identities); Diána Antal, Imre Tarafás, Tamás Bezsenyi (Conflict, War and Peace); Csaba Szabó, Bence Bari, Vivien Rapali (Socio-Economic Patterns, Systems and Ideologies); Gábor Faragó (Literature, Press and the Public); Dávid Jánoki, Árpád Bayer (Intercultural Contact and Stereotypes); Mónika Erős, Markus Wurzer (Travellers, Emissaries, Soldiers); Gábor Koloh, Zsófia Kisőrsi (Gender, Identities, Everyday Life); Dalma Galambos, Sára Lakatos (Empires, Federations and Unions); Zsombor Divinyi, Péter Galambos (Regional Antagonism and Cooperation); Lilla Zámbó, Dániel Molnár (Arts, Sciences, Networks).

Our appreciation goes to the leaders and guest presenters of the Budapest tours; Adrienn Szilágyi for her kind assistance and the amazing team at Wombat’s Hostel; as well as to the management and staff of the Beszkárt Ori Büfé.

Additionally, truly heartfelt thanks go to the wonderful members of the organising group for all their dedication and hard work we are not even trying to begin to list: Lilla Zámbó, Zsófia Kisőrsi, Árpád Bayer, Péter Galambos and Péter Hevő.

Also, very special thanks to Konstantin Golev, without whom there might have never been a new ISHA Budapest.

Last but not least, thank You All for coming and making this Conference week an amazing experience!

Kindest regards,

Katalin Öhler
Bálint Fekete
Bálint Bak

Budapest, April 2014