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Between the 22-29 August, nearly two thousand historians from around the world will gather in Amsterdam for the 21st International Congress of Historical Sciences (ICHS 2010). The congress will be held in various UvA locations in the Amsterdam city centre.

Between the 22-29 August, nearly two thousand historians from around the world will gather in Amsterdam for the 21st International Congress of Historical Sciences (ICHS 2010). European cultural history professor Pim den Boer from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is a member of the congress organisation committee, chaired by Hans Blom. Hans Blom is UvA Emeritus Professor of Dutch history from the Middle Ages to the present, and a former director of the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation (NIOD). He describes the congress as the ‘Olympic Games for historians'.

During the week the historians will discuss hundreds of different topics and themes including the fall of empires, the city as a cultural expression, religion and power, mass migration in the 19th and 20th centuries, history and human rights, historical perspectives on food and clothing, as well as history and ethics.

New version of Joris Ivens’ REGEN (Rain)

Rain (REGEN, 1929), the world-famous documentary by Joris Ivens, will feature as a cultural intermezzo during the opening ceremony on Sunday 22 August. Huub de Vriend composed new music to accompany the film, whose showing with the addition of a specially-built Rain Machine also marks a world premiere. The Rain Machine will remain in the courtyard of the Holland History House (see below) for the duration of the congress. The machine will be available not only for viewing, but may also be used at certain times.

Historical Film Festival

To mark the occasion of the congress, a Historical Film Festival will be held from 23-27 August, presenting a programme of ten historical films from ten different countries. Two films will be shown each evening in the University of Amsterdam's ‘Doelenzaal' theatre in the University Library. See the link below for the full programme (under ‘Historical Film Week').

Holland History House

Every afternoon, the Holland History House (HHH) gives congress visitors and history lovers the opportunity to meet in the Amsterdam Historical Museum, where they can enjoy historical entertainment, visit the museum's collections during evening opening hours, attend the daily talk-show The Remains of the Day, and enjoy live music.

The congress will be held in various UvA locations in the Amsterdam city centre. ICHS is organised by the Royal Netherlands Historical Society (Koninklijk Nederlands Historisch Genootschap, KNHG), the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the National Library of the Netherlands (Koninklijke Bibliotheek, KB) and the International Institute of Social History (IISH).

See the link below for more information,