Krzysztof Makowski, professor from the Faculty of Historical Studies at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, was unanimously elected vice-president of the International Committee of Historical Sciences during its general assembly.
The association focused on research in various areas of historical sciences, established in Geneva in 1926, is composed of 54 national committees, 31 international associations, and 8 affiliated commissions. Its principal activity is the organization of the International Congress of Historical Sciences that takes place every five years.
Prof. Makowski specializes in the 19th and early 20th century history of Poland, with a particular focus on demographics, socioeconomics, social mobility, migrations, and women’s and family history. His other area of expertise are the relations between different nationalities in the region, especially Germans, Jews, and Poles and the questions of their identity, consciousness, and collective memory. Krzysztof Makowski also conducts research into the history of historiography and source studies of the period.
He has already been a part of the organizing committee of the 23rd Congress in Poznań, as wells as the chairman of its executive department. The conference was initially meant to occur in August 2020 but has since been rescheduled twice due to the global pandemic, with the latest plans pointing towards August 2022.
This is the second time in history that the International Congress of Historical Sciences will be held in Poland, with the last such event taking place in 1933. Interestingly, Bronisław Dembiński, a Polish historian, was also elected vice-president of the ICHS that year.