This letter is to inform
you about the decisions taken by the Executive Committee of the
IEHA during its meeting in Paris on May 23-24, 2003.
Firstly, the executive
committee reviewed the 13th World Economic History Congress in Buenos
Aires in 2002. It congratulated our now honorary president Roberto
Cortes Conde with its academic and financial success. A motion was
moved by acclamation in effect to use the Buenos Aires surplus (approximately
US$ 22,000) to establish a perpetual fund for travel grants for
scholars from developing countries and transition economies in financial
need. Future organizers are expected to try to raise additional
funds, and will be recommended grants for the 2006 Congress in Helsinki.
The fund will be named after Roberto Cortes to add possible surpluses
of the congress to the Roberto Cortes Conde Fund.
Secondly, the preparations
for the 14th Economic History World Congress in Helsinki in 2006
were discussed. The local organizing committee is in full swing.
Riitta Hjerppe has drafted a time schedule and budget, she has begun
to raise funds for the congress, and has appointed a secretary to
the local organizing committee, Mrs. Andrea Lorenz-Wende, who will
be responsible for all practical matters relating to the congress
organization. The date for the congress is set at 21-25 August 2006.
The organizers have suggested a registration fee of 200 Euros, but
a final determination will not be made this year. A first brochure
is published in the spring of 2004. As is required by the statutes
a letter of understanding will be drafted between the local organizing
committee and the IEHA, to specify both parties' responsibilities
in organizing the congress.
Thirdly, the Executive
Committee discussed the session proposals that were submitted in
reply to the first call for session proposals. A total of 61 proposals
was received, 46 of which were accepted for inclusion in the congress
program. The details of these proposals will be available shortly
on the congress
webpage. A second call for session proposals will be issued
in the Spring of 2004. The deadline for submission of new proposals
will be January 31th 2005.
Fourthly, the executive
committee invites the member organizations of the IEHA to nominate
candidates for the executive committee. In August 2006, at least
six seats on the Committee will become vacant. In addition the position
of Secretary General will become vacant. Therefore the IEHA is looking
a SECRETARY GENERAL
for (in principle) two terms. Each member organization is allowed
to nominate one person under the rules adopted in Buenos Aires.
a SITTING MEMBER for
(in principle) two terms; eight. Each member organization is according
to the new rules allowed to nominee one person.
We would like to invite
your organization to nominate two persons, not necessarily persons
from your own country or organization: one for the executive committee
and one for the Secretary General position. Candidates for the general
secretary may come from within or outside the present executive
committee. Nominations should be sent to the IEHA Office before
October 30st, 2004. Please include relevant information for the
persons that you wish to nominate. This should include the position
they hold in their respective countries, a list of published books
and articles, and information about governing positions held within
their university or other institutions.
We would like to add
that, according to the new statutes, the executive committee should
reflect "the diversity of scholars of all member societies and of
economic history in its broadest sense". This we interpret also
to relate to a more balanced composition of the committee in terms
of age groups and sex.
In accordance with the
statutes, the executive committee will prepare a slate of endorsed
nominees for the available positions from the persons that were
nominated by the member organizations. For further details about
the nominating procedure and the composition of the current Executive
Committee, please check other pages on this website.
Fifthly, the executive
committee at some length discussed the issue of the next planning
cycle and the selecting of the venue of the 15th Congress. Two reasons
were given for changing the current rhythm of one congress every
four years; it appears that both for the organization of the congress,
and for many participants, a planning cycle of four years is quite
long; for many scholars it is, for example, difficult to plan a
session three years in advance. Moreover, 2010 is perhaps not a
very suitable year for a world economic history congress, as it
will coincide with the world history congress of the same year (those
congresses have a rhythm of five years: the next one, in 2005, will
be held in Sydney). For these reasons it was concluded that the
Executive Committee has a clear preference for the 15th Congress
to be held in 2009. A committee has been appointed to consider the
issue more in detail and think through its consequences for the
planning of the activities of the IEHA in the long run.
Finally, I would like
to draw your attention to two documents attached to this letter:
Call for host cities
As a result of the discussions mentioned the IEHA issues a call
for host cities for the 15th Congress to be held in 2009. Please
consider the possibility of hosting the congress in your country.
The deadline for submission of a proposal to host the congress
is October 30st, 2004.
Call for dissertations
In 2006 three dissertation prizes (pre-industrial, 19th and 20th
century) will be awarded. Enclosed you find a call for submissions
of PhD theses for the dissertation sessions. The deadline for
submission of dissertations is December 31st, 2004. Please use
the call to inform your members about our dissertation competition.
With kind regards,
Luiten van Zanden, Secretary General