ISHD Conferences

Upcoming conferences:

2017 in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa

The 2017 ISHD conference will take place in South Africa. Together with our host, the South African Society for History Teaching (SASHT), we welcome papers on a variety of themes. Find more details here. You can access the e-form for the submission of abstracts here.

Please note that the e-form offers space for max. 1500 characters (including spaces) and max. 600 characters (including spaces) each for the ‘guiding questions’ and for the ‘relation to the conference’ (maybe keywords). (The specifications for the e-form slightly differ from the requirements mentioned in the CfP).

Note for the members of the ISHD: If you are a member of the ISHD, the conference fee of ca. 175 Euros will be subsidised by the sum of 50 Euros (in case that you can provide a confirmation, e.g. by your institution, that the conference fee is not funded by a third party concurrently).

Call for paper (website)

Call for papers (pdf-file)



2018 in Gatineau/Ottawa, Canada

The International ISHD conference 2018 will take place in June or July in Quebec, Canada, thanks to the kind invitation by Marc André Ethier and David Lefrançois. The conference will deal with the topic of empirical research in the field of History Didactics.

2019 in Tutzing, Germany

The International ISHD conference 2019 will take place in Tutzing, Germany, around mid-September at the Academy for Political Education.

2020 in Poznan, Poland

As an affiliated organisation of the International Committee of Historical Sciences, the ISHD is planning to organize sessions at the XXIII ICHS Congress, Poznan 2020.


Past conferences:

August, 29-31, 2016 in Trabzon, Turkey: Cancellation

We deeply regret that we had to announce the cancellation of the conference on history teaching education in Trabzon, which was planned to take place from 29-31 August. The Board wants to thank our host, Prof. Dr. İsmail Demircioğlu, for his efforts in the organization and hopes that we will be able to convene a conference in Trabzon in the future.

23-29 August 2015 in Jinan, China

In combination with the XXIIth CISH conference (


08-10 September 2014 in Wrocław, Poland (Deadline: January 31st, 2014)

History and Edutainment

2014 conference of ISHD focused on history and edutainment – i.e. a combination of education and entertainment in any of its forms (including e.g. computer and board games, films, museums, historical and archeological picnics and battle reconstructions, historical magazines and TV programs, entertaining materials and activities in the school classrooms etc.). The goal of the conference was to investigate different aspects of the phenomenon of historical edutainment

Preliminary program of the conference is available here (updated September 1st).


Karl Benziger, Music, Minstrels, and the American Civil War: Entertainment, Imagination, and Historical InterpretationVincent Boutonnet, Assassin’s Creed 3: a framework for analyzing historical agency with historical videogame play

Shen Chenchen, Popular history magazines in the PR China – a growing market

Marcin Dyś, Board games as a way to teach history. My own experience as a teacher.

Markus Furrer, The contemporary witness – a figure of historical edutainment?

Peter Gautschi, Swiss History on the Tablet – an Insight into the Future of the History Textbook

Katja Gorbahn, Heroes, Victims, Perpetrators – Second World War and National Socialism in Danish and German History Magazines

Harry Haue, Digital Bildung

Terry Haydn, A case study of the use of popular history magazines in history teaching in England

Alexandre Joly-Lavoie and Frédéric Yelle, The Potential of Civilization V as a learning tool : Analysis of a scenario on the Fall of Rome

Urte Kocka, Edutainment in Global History

Takahiro Kondo, Delicate Relationship between History Education and the History Industry in Japan

Zhongjie Meng, History Didactic in an Era of Big Data

Daniel Moser-Léchot, The Use of Films in the Teaching of History – an International Approach

Victor Nemchinov, Games of dialogical understanding in history learning

Karel Van Nieuwenhuyse, Historical film in the history classroom: entertainment or enhancing historical thinking?

Thomas Nygren, Monika Vinterek, Terry Haydn, Starting a War? – Using Popular History Magazines to Problematize the Start of World War One in Schools in Sweden and the UK

Mare Oja, Teaching history in museum – variety of possibilities

Angelos Palikidis, “Discovering” 150 years of history in a portmanteau: An educational history programme at the Ethnological Museum of Thrace

Anu Raudsepp, The methods included entertainment on the formation of the historical consciousness in lower secondary school.

Dennis Röder, eduTAINMENT? The use of history in current mobile applications

Katarzyna Ruhland, Knight tournaments, castle meetings and other history based events as an example of fun with the history and their meaning for historical education in Lower Silesia

Emilia Salvanou, Playing with the past: Digital history and historical consciousness

Marianne Sjöland, The Use of History in Popular History Magazines

Dick van Straaten and Arie Wilschut, Edutainment and the relevance of history education

Monika Vinterek, The use of powerful men, naked women to edutain: Popular history magazines in Sweden

Arja Virta, Children’s historical picture books as an introduction to history

Barbara Wagner, The seriousness and fun, when edutainment is associated with history teaching.

Urząd Marszałkowski Województwa Dolnośląskiego - logo
The conference was sponsored by Urząd Marszałkowski Województwa Dolnośląskiego.


16-18 September 2013 in Tutzing, Germany

British flagColonialism, decolonization and post-colonial historical perspectives – Challenges for History Didactics and history teaching in a globalizing world

French flagColonialisme – décolonisation – perspectives postcoloniales: des défis pour la didactique et l’enseignement de l’histoire dans le contexte de la mondialisation

German flagKolonilalismus, Dekolonisierung, postkoloniale Perspektiven. Herausforderungen für die Didaktik der Geschichte und den Geschichtsunterricht im Kontext der Globalisierung

Conference Report
Conference Programm
Speaker registration form
Guest registration form


25-27 June 2012 in Kazan, Russia

British flagCultural and religious diversity and the implications for history education

French flagKulturelle und religiöse Vielfalt und ihre Auswirkungen auf den Geschichtsunterricht

German flagLa diversité culturelle et religieuse et ses implications pour l’enseignement de l’histoire

Registration Formular
Information from the Host
Visum Form
Hotel Information
Cultural Program
Call for Papers


12-14 September 2011 in Basel, Switzerland

From historical research to school history: problems, relations, challenges
De la recherche historique à l’histoire scolaire: Problèmes, relations, défis
Geschichtswissenschaft und Schulunterricht: Probleme, Beziehungen, Herausforderungen

Pedagogic College of North-West Switzerland
Office of Coordination of the Swiss Societies for History Didactics

Call for papers: Deutsch - English - Français
Online registration: TagungsPortal ISHD 2011
Information: Deutsch - English - Français


22-28 August 2010 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

(20th International Congress of Historical Sciences – ICHS – CISH )

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September 2009 in Braunschweig, Germany

(Georg-Eckert-Institut für Internationale Schulbuchforschung)

Schulbuchanalyse: Fragen zur Methodologie
Analyzing Textbooks: Methodological Issues
L’analyse des manuels: questions méthodologiques



8-10 September 2008 in Tutzing, Germany

(Akademie für politische Bildung)

Empirische Forschung zum historischen Lernen
Empirical Research on History Learning
Recherche empirique sur l’apprentrisage de l’histoire



19-21 September 2007 in Thessaloniki, Greece

(Aristoteleio Panepistimio Thessalonikis)

Geschichte in der öffentlichen Argumentation
Public Uses of history
Usages publics de l’histoire


28-30 September 2006 in Tallinn, Estonia

Geschichtsbewusstsein – Geschichtskultur
Historical Consciousness – Historical Culture
Conscience historique – Culture historique

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3-9 July 2005 in Sydney, Australia

(19th International Congress of Historical Sciences in Sydney)

Main session: Textbooks from the Narrative of the Nation to the Narrative of the Citizen (Moderator: Masao Nishikawa, Japan)

Sessions of the ISHD:

1. Teaching and Learning World History – the Global Challenge

(Moderator: Luigi Cajani, Rome, Italy)

2. The View on the Other in History Teaching (textbook/teachers)

(Moderator: Elisabeth Erdmann, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)


20-24 September 2004 in Rabat, Morocco

(Université Mohammed V – Souissi)

Rencontre de l’histoire et rencontre de l’autre : L’enseignement de l’histoire comme dialogue interculturel


16-20 September 2003 in Tutzing, Germany

(Akademie für politische Bildung)

Möglichkeiten des stufenbezogenen Geschichtsunterrichts im internationalen Vergleich – Erfahrungen und Visionen