New Year’s Seminar 2023

We’re glad to announce that from 9-12 February 2023, ISHA’s New Year’s Seminar will take place in Vienna.

As it is the first physical seminar organised since the AC in Pula (2021), we are very much looking forward to seeing new and familiar faces.

Applications are now open until December 26, 2022! Applicants have to submit the abstract of their presentation (300-500 words) and a motivation letter (150-300 words). Acceptance letters are mailed out in the start of January.

Date9-12 February 2023
LocationVienna, Austria
Main themeOpen topic (see below for more info)
Partcipation fee€60 (accommodation, meals and cultural activities included)
Number of international participants25
Application period15 December – 26 December 2022

Local Students: Local students are welcome to participate in all the events. They do not need to pay the participation fee if they provide their own accommodation and meals.

Freelancers: Those who wish to freelance on the seminar, please contact us on if you need help with finding accommodation.


Accomodation: BeFree Hostel

More information on the hostel, meals, transport and how to get to Vienna will be updated here soon. We will inform all participants if (new) Covid regulations are introduced at the university location, hostel, public transport, …

For more information, please contact us at, or via our Facebook or Instagram page. Be sure to follow the event-page on Facebook for more updates, and invite your friends.


The academic program will consist out of panels of 3-5 speakers, who are invited to give a presentation of 20 minutes, followed by questions, moderated by a panel leader. Participants can apply to participate in the conference by submitting an abstract (300-500 words), on the topic of their choice in the historical sciences and adjacent fields (previously submitted university papers, bachelor papers, thesis and PhD research are very welcome, as well as ongoing research). Accepted abstracts will be grouped in panels by the organizers.

Next to the open panel, a separate themed workshop will be organized on the topic of “lives of minorities”, with a special focus on Jewish History. More information on the workshop leaders will follow soon. Students who are working on the topic of minorities and wish to present their research here (20 min presentation), can apply for this workshop.

All events in the Academic Program (opening lecture, workshops, panels, How-to-ISHA and closing session) will take place at CEU Vienna. Participants who wish to receive a certificate of attendance will need to attend 80% of the academic program.


First time at an ISHA seminar? Please refer to the guideline down below for some tips & tricks (courtesy of the ISHA Training Committee).


We will open the Annual Conference with some short introductory speeches, followed by a keynote lecture on the topic.


ISHA International will tell you all about what ISHA stands for, what kind of activities they organize and more importantly, how you can become a member. This time we will focus on how we can revive the organisation after COVID and give a short introduction to how sections can start organizing themselves and activities (ISHA International seminars!).


Wrap-up of the academic program.


The cultural program will consists of a historical city tour on Friday evening, and a cultural activity on Saturday afternoon.


Get to know each other better during the Ice Breaking Party on Thursday evening, and the National Food and Drinks Party on Saturday evening. For the NFDP, participants are invited to bring local culinary delicacies from their home country or region.

We would like to thank our partners for their generous support in organizing this seminar.

CEU Department of History:

We don’t think Vienna needs an introduction. But just to refresh your memory, these are a couple of things we look forward to when travelling to Vienna:

  • All the amazing palaces and architectural treasures from Hundertwasser, Wiener Secession, …
  • Viennese coffee, Sachertorte, Wiener Schnitzel
  • Wien Prater and the big ferris wheel
  • The Sigmund Freud museum
  • ….


How to travel by plane? Be sure to check out low-cost airline companies, it might be good option to take the bus/train to a nearby city with cheap flights to Vienna; or from your city to Bratislava + 2h train ride to Vienna

  • WizzAir: connections from Vienna to Tuzla, Tirana, Niš, Split, Dubrovnik, Prishtina, Rome, Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Iasi, Barcela, Bilbao, London Gatwick, … (or from Skopje to Bratislava + train to Vienna)
  • Ryanair: connections from Warsaw, Gdansk, Vilnius, Tallinn, Helsinki, Tuzla, Zadar, Dubrovnik, Sofia, Niš,, Burgas, Bucharest, Sibiu, Thessaloniki, Athens, Charleroi, Madrid, Seville, Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Milan, Venice, ….

Once arrived in the airport, you can use public transport to get to the hostle, which is next to Wien Westbahnhof. You can check your travel options and buy tickets at the ÖBB website, app or at a machine in the airport. The easiest option is to take the bus BusVAL1 from the busterminal at the airport, which goes directly to Wien Westbahnhof (second stop, will take 40min). Tickets are €9 for a single ticket and €15 for a two-way ticket. The bus goes every hour at 15 past: 13.15, 14.15, …

You can also take the train, which is a bit cheaper. Important: you do not have to take the City Airport Train (CAT), it is cheaper to get a ticket for normal public transport (that does the same route as CAT). Options: you can take the train to the Westbahnhof, so from the airport take S7 to Wien Mitte (20min) + take the U3 metro to Wien Westbahnhof OR take a train to Wien Meidling and change to metro U6 to Westbahnhof. A single ticket for train+metro will be around €4.


Prefer to take the green route and opt for a comfy trainride, or spent hours in a smelly Flixbus? Vienna is very well connected so you can check out multiple options on the ÖBB website, or the Deutsche Bahn website (which is more user friendly than the ÖBB but contains their schedule as well), …

As said before, maybe your local city is better connnected to Bratislava, and from there you can continue with train to Haubtbahnhof and switch to Westbahnhof. You can also take the scenic route and go by boat from Bratislava to Vienna. Also, we are still very much looking forward to ISHA members travelling by boat from their home cities to Vienna.

When travelling: please update us of your travel plans and tag isha.inter on Insta or Facebook, we would love to see your trael pics and photo’s when getting closer to Vienna!

Brecevic Beno                               (Ljubljana)

Budzyński Piotr                            (ISHA Łódź)

Cola Valentina                              (Rome)

Daldere Eliza                                (Riga)

Gartner Gregor                             (ISHA Ljubljana)

Klasing Hanna-Sophie*                (Berlin)

Kouskoulis Dionysios*                (ISHA Thessaloniki)

Kovačević Luka                           (ISHA Osijek)

Kraus David                                 (ISHA Marburg)

Krivošić Benjamin                       (ISHA Osijek)

Lei Letian                                     (Vienna)

Logghe Anselm                            (Brussels)

Mattila Maisa                               (ISHA Helsinki)

Mazor Zlatan                                (ISHA Osijek)

Mihaljević Sofija                          (ISHA Osijek)

Mislej Jernej                                 (ISHA Ljubljana)

Mörsdorf Sven                              (Vienna)

Nikulainen Riina                          (ISHA Helsinki)

Päbst Raphael*                             (ISHA Marburg)

Pančić Anamarija                         (ISHA Osijek)

Romolić Tomislav                        (ISHA Osijek)

Ruhländer Damon                       (ISHA Berlin)

Sršić Petra                                    (ISHA Osijek)

Tabatt Hannes*                             (Berlin)

Tenev Ivan*                                  (Sofia)

Testini Barbara                             (Florence)

Waters Adrian                              (Graz)

Zundanović Stefan                      (ISHA Osijek)

Themed workshop participants are indicated with an asterisk behind their name.

International participants can transfer the €60 participation fee to the ISHA bank account (see below) before January 19. Please make sure to note your full name in the payment description.

Name of the bank: Berliner Sparkasse

Name of the bank account: International Students of History Association e.V.

IBAN: DE50 1005 0000 0190 7659 50