Welcome to the Institute of History at the University of Bern. Here we research and teach the study of history in all its thematic breadth and methodological diversity. Our research deals with the history of Europe from antiquity to the present, as well as with the history of regions outside of Europe.
Special focal points are the history of Latin America, Eastern European history as well as environmental and climate history. Our institute is the only one in German-speaking Switzerland with its own department of Swiss history, which deals with our country's past from the Middle Ages to the 21st century.
Registration for the ESEH Conference 2023 (European Society for Environmental History) at the University of Bern is now open. Early Bird registration is open until 30 April 2023.
We are delighted to welcome you in Bern soon!
Publication of Moisés Prieto: Narratives of Dictatorship in the Age of Revolution. Emotions, Power and Legitimacy in the Atlantic Space
On August 28–29, 2023, the Ambizione project led by Moritz von Brescius (Bern) will organize a major international conference on the theme of «Natural Resources, Sovereignty and Markets: Revisiting Socio-Economic Histories of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries», with confirmed keynote speaker Prof. Dr. Corey Ross (Birmingham). Applications can be submitted until February 28, 2023.
Liliane Marti receives the Institute Award of the Institute of History for her dissertation ' Konflikt und Konzil: Konfliktbewältigungsstrategien im Donatistenstreit'.
The Summer School will take place from 21 to 24 June 2023 at Sandbjerg Estates in southern Denmark. It is aimed at PhD students from Modern, Contemporary and Area Studies who are working on a global history topic. Applications can be submitted until 31 January 2023.
The twelfth biennial ESEH Conference «Mountains and Plains. Past, present and future environmental and climatic entanglements» will take place at the University of Bern, 22-26 August 2023. Registration will start in mid-January 2023.
The English and French translations of the report on adopted children from Sri Lanka in the Canton of St. Gallen from 1973 to 2002, written by Francesca Falk and Danielle Berthet with the collaboration of an interdisciplinary research team, are now available online.
Prof. Dr Christof Dejung talks about the publication «The Global Bourgeoisie: The Rise of the Middle Classes in the Age of Empire». The publication examines the rise of the middle classes around the world during the 19th century.
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