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Geert Van Goethem new secretary general of IALHI PDF Print E-mail
Geert Van Goethem
Prof. Dr. Geert Van Goethem, director of Amsab-ISH, has been elected as the new secretary general of the International Association of Labour History Institutions (IALHI). He will be leading the international umbrella association for a period of five years.

During its 44th Annual Conference, in Budapest on 26-28 September 2013, over eighty member institutions of IALHI have unanimously accepted Geert Van Goethem to head the association. After the early resignation of Prof. Dr. Erik-Jan Zürcher (IISH) as IALHI secretary in October 2012, Geert Van Goethem was invited to present his candidacy, for the term of 2013-2018.

In his acceptance speech, the new secretary general emphasized the need of the IALHI member institutions to extend their activities into the domain of the digital humanities. He announced that the activities of the umbrella organisation would focus on initiating research projects in this field in the coming years, with a central role to be played by the recently created Social History Portal.

After the next IALHI Conferences , to take place in New York in 2014, Edinburgh 2015 and Milano 2016, it was announced that IALHI and ITH-International Conference of Labour and Social History will hold their first ever combined conference in 2017 in Ghent.

It is the second time Amsab-ISH will be leading the international association. Geert Van Goethem's predecessor, founding director of Amsab-ISH Dr. Wouter Van Steenhaut, was IALHI's secretary general from 1996 to 2002. It was a period of reorganisation for IALHI, including its financial structure.

Acceptance speech IALHI, Budapest