UH to host the International Economic History Congress

The congress will be attended by top experts from over 70 countries.

UH to host the International Economic History Congress Next week, the University of Helsinki will host the largest history congress ever held in Finland. Running from the 21–25 August, the International Economic History Congress will attract 1,400 economic historians from more than 70 countries.

The programme includes over a hundred sessions, discussing the field of economic and social history from a wide perspective and varied angles. The topics include global economy, study of economic growth, oil in the world economy, history of work, and intercultural relations.

The congress will be opened on Monday by the President of the Republic of Finland, Tarja Halonen. The opening session will be held in the Great Hall of the Main Building, with the keynote speaker being Dr Sirkka Hämäläinen, former Governor of the Bank of Finland (pictured).

The event will gather together several leading experts in economic and social history. One of the most renowned speakers is Professor Alice Teichova from the University of Cambridge. The Grand Old Lady of Central and Eastern European studies will discuss the economic relations between the East and the West.

The Helsinki Congress is the 14th International Economic History Congress. It is organised by the International Economic History Association (IEHA) every four years. The local organising institutes of the Helsinki congress are the Department of Social Science History and the Department of History, University of Helsinki.

All the papers presented in the sessions will if possible be published on the Internet. Further information on the programme, delegates and themes to be discussed are available on the congress website at www.helsinki.fi/iehc2006. For more information on the IEHA, please visit www.neha.nl/ieha.

Text: Liisa Lähteenmäki
Photo: KONE

Translation: Valtasana Oy

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