Welcome to the 30th Congress of Nordic Historians!


The winner of the 2022 Nordic History Book Award is Tim van Gerven for Scandinavism: Overlapping and Competing Identities in the Nordic World, 1770–1919 (Brill 2022). Read more here.

• Online registration has now closed but it will be possible to register on site in Gothenburg – click here for more information.

• Links to the full congress programme and an abstract book can be found on the programme page.

• Programming change (11 July 2022): Due to flight disruptions, the keynote lectures of Maya Jasanoff and Poul Holm have changed place with each other. Poul Holm will now deliver his keynote in the morning of 8 August and Maya Jasanoff will deliver hers in the afternoon of 9 August. More detailed information can be found in the various programme versions which are linked from the the programme page.

On 8–11 August, 2022, the 30th Congress of Nordic Historians will be held at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The meeting coincides with the 400th anniversary of the city of Gothenburg. The first Congress was held in Lund in 1905, and since then it has circulated between different universities in the Nordic countries. Gothenburg has previously hosted the meeting in 1923 and 1951.

The main organisers are the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Gothenburg, the Swedish Historical Association and the Nordic Committee for Historians in collaboration with the City of Gothenburg, the Unit of Economic History and the Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion at the University of Gothenburg.

The main theme of the 2022 Congress is ‘Global and local’ and the keynote speakers are Professor Maya Jasanoff, Harvard University (USA) and Professor Poul Holm, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland). The congress theme emphasises the connections that have existed and still exist between the global and the local and how these have influenced and keep influencing each other; notably this has been a distinctive element in the history of the host city. Approaches that link the global and local to each other are important, both historiographically and politically.

We invite you to a four-day scholarly exchange where both empirical results and theoretical and methodological issues related to the conference theme will be presented and discussed. In addition to the main theme, the Congress will also provide ample space for presentations of other research produced by Nordic historians or by non-Nordic historians working on Nordic history. The conference is organised in the form of plenary lectures as well as roundtable discussions, thematic sessions and individual presentations.

The call for papers closed on 1 February 2022 and a complete conference programme can be found here. This website is regularly updated with details about the programme, registration and practical arrangements as they become available.

Welcome to Gothenburg in August!

The NHM2022 organising committee

Svenska Historiska Föreningen, Göteborgs universitet och Göteborgs Stad