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51st Historikertag at Hamburg University

Historians from 20 nations to focus on "questions of faith". 3,500 visitors expected

Historians from 20 nations will come together in Hamburg for the 51st German Historian Day (Historikertag) from September 20-23, 2016. More than 3,500 visitors are expected to attend the event, which is one of the biggest European conventions in the humanities. Historic-political debates and open events in the city will convey the themes at the congress to the public. India is the partner country in 2016.

Science of history in Germany

This year’s convention will highlight both religious and historical-epistemological issues under the theme of “Questions of Faith”. The main issue will be how belief helps stabilize people’s thoughts and how to verify the assumptions of faith.

India is the convention’s first partner country outside Europe and North America. The partnership is part of efforts by the German Association of Historians (VHD) to promote ties to India’s historical science community. The choice bears in mind that historical science in Germany has in the past years paid closer attention to the interconnections of European history with world religions.

New format for teachers

A forum for Ph.D. students in which the candidates outline their doctoral theses will give insight into topics and research trends among young academics while a programme for school pupils seeks to encourage more active debate about the past. A new format at the convention addresses teachers as well. The “Forum for History in Science and Teaching” forms an intersection between current research issues directly linked to educational curricula in history and on approaches to imparting them.

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About the Historikertag

The Deutscher Historikertag (Historikertag) is one of the largest conventions of the humanities in Europe. Organised by the German Association of Historians and the Association for History Teachers, the convention first took place in 1893. The biennial event is held in a German university town and is usually attended by around 3,000 historians. The convention was last held in 2014 at the Georg-August-University Göttingen under the theme of “Winners and Losers”. Britain was the partner country in that year. For more information, see:

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