General information


The Congress

Congress site
The 19th International Congress of Historical Sciences will take place at the University of Oslo (Blindern campus) from 6 August to 13 August, 2000. The University campus is two subway stops from downtown Oslo, and at the campus all congress facilities are within immediate walking distance.

Route information and maps are posted at all stops for subway and other major public transportation at campus. 7-day tickets cards offering unlimited use of public transportation within the city, may be purchased when registering in Oslo.

Registration for congress participants will take place at the University Library Building University of Oslo-Blindern campus, Saturday 5 August from 12:00 to 18:00. Sunday 6 August from 12:00 until 17:00 and on Monday 7 August, from 08:00 until 18:00. The University Library will also serve as a message and information centre.

Information booths will be placed in several locations on the Blindern campus.

Opening and closing ceremonies
The opening ceremony of the 19th International Congress of Historical Sciences will take place 6 August 2000, 18:00, in the Oslo Concert Hall. The ceremony will be followed by a wine-reception. Simultaneous translation (English/French) is available for the opening ceremony. The congress closing ceremony will be held 13 August, 11:00, in the University Aula.

English and French are the official congress languages. Simultaneous translation will be available during the opening ceremony and the three main sessions (major themes/session principales).


The 19th Congress will include fifty sessions; three major themes (with five topics), twenty special sessions and twenty-five round table sessions.

In addition to the regular sessions, Affiliated Organisations (AIO) and Internal Commissions (IC) will hold their meetings during the congress, covering a wide range of themes. AIO and IC programs will be held 11 - 12 August. The current programme can be found in the Programme section of this site.

Poster sessions
Poster session presentations will present individual research projects. Wall-display presentations will give all congress participants the opportunity for quick, direct exposure to new themes. Poster-session participants will be allowed a 20-minute oral presentation of their projects. A complete schedule for poster sessions can be found in the Programme section of this site.

In co-operation with H-Net (Humanities and Social Sciences Online), a series of work-shops will be held during the congress to discuss the possibilities and answer any questions concerning the use of the Internet and electronic services in the study of history. The programme for these work-shops can be found on this site.

Before the congress, The Organising Committee will publish the Congress Proceedings. The cost of the book is included in the registration fee, and participants will receive their copy upon arrival. The proceedings will contain session presentations by the organisers and discussants, paper summaries from the Main themes and Special sessions and presentations of the round tables.

Congress Commemorative Volume and CD-rom
Tano-Aschehoug and the organising committee will offer a congress manuscript. A selection of edited papers from the three major themes will published, and the book will include a CD-rom, in which all congress papers will be available. The manuscript can be pre-ordered when registering for the congress, at a cost of 395 NOK.

E-mail/internet services will be available to participants.

The Norwegian Organising Committee is pleased to offer a limited number of grants for all, or part, of the costs of Congress participation (registration fees, subsistence expenses, accommodation and travel) for persons who would not otherwise be able to attend.

Participants who wish to be considered for these grants must submit an application to the Norwegian Organising Committee was 31 December 1999. Applicants will be notified by the end of February.

Registration Fees

Registration fees to the 19th International Congress of Historical Sciences
(in Norwegian Kroner - USD based on the exchange rate as of October 1, 1999):

Regular fee (all participants)
Before April 1, 2000 April 1 - May 31, 2000 From June 1, 2000
NOK 1200 ($160 US) NOK 1500 ($200 US) NOK 1900 ($250 US)

Student fee and accompanying persons
Before April 1, 2000 April 1 - May 31, 2000 From June 1, 2000
NOK 600 ($80 US) NOK 750 ($100 US) NOK 950 ($125 US)

Registration fees include:

Participants and students:

Accompanying persons:

Please note that all participants must register themselves and carry a nametag to all academic and social events. In order to qualify for the discounted registration fee, the registration form (via mail, fax or on-line) must be received by 1 April 2000. Students must include proof of student status at the time of registration (copy of student ID or equivalent).

Please remember that members of Affiliated International Organisations and Internal Commissions also must pay the registration fee.


Social Activities
Participants are invited to a «Welcome Reception» after the Opening ceremony on Sunday, August 6. For the opening ceremony, the numbers of seats are limited. Seating will by reservation only. On your registration form, please indicate your interest in reserving a seat.

Participants are also invited to attend one of two receptions, the first on Tuesday afternoon, the second on Wednesday afternoon. On your registration form, please indicate your interest in reserving a seat.

Official papers

Passport and visa
All foreign citizens arriving in Norway must have a valid passport (except citizens of Nordic countries). In some cases a visa may be required. It is each participant's responsibility to acquire necessary documents for entry into Norway. For information about necessary documents, contact the nearest Norwegian embassy or consulate. An overview of these offices can be found at our web site. Visa applications should be made no later than 3 months before the Congress.

The 19th Congress of Historical Sciences accepts no liability for personal injuries sustained, or for the loss or damage of property belonging to Congress participants, either during or as a result of the Congress. The Organising Committee recommends that participants procure individual travel insurance.


The currency to be used at the Congress will be the Norwegian kroner (NOK). Currency converter

Oslo's weather in August is generally pleasant, with a mild breeze from the Oslo fjord. The average August temperature is +21 C. However, we do recommend that you pack a raincoat/umbrella, as well as warmer clothing for evenings and trips. (Weather updates )

Lunch tickets
Vouchers for lunch buffets at University restaurants may be ordered in advance at a special rate (4 vouchers (340 NOK) or 6 vouchers (500 NOK) - tick of on registration form. Lunch includes hot or cold dishes, beverages and coffee.

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