The German Historical Association (VHD, Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands e. V.) is the largest German scholarly association of professional historians, with 3400 members. Founded in 1895, the VHD is firmly established in the field and deeply rooted in the research community. Every two years, together with the Association of History Teachers (VGD), it organises one of the largest humanities conferences in Europe, with more than 4,000 participants, providing a vital forum for discussion and debate on current research questions, research results and innovative methodological approaches. Apart from organising these biennial meetings, the VHD’s main task is promoting the study of history and, above all, representing German historians vis-à-vis the public and political representatives, especially with regard to cultural and academic policy. Since 2004, it has awarded the renowned Hedwig Hintze Prize for outstanding dissertations and the Carl Erdmann Prize for outstanding habilitations. The VHD covers all historical epochs and sub-disciplines, and currently maintains specialised working groups: Applied History/Public History, World Regional and Global History, Early Modern Times, International History and Regional History. Since 2012, it has addressed the digital turn in the humanities through the formation of a further working group on Digital History (VHD-DGW). Since September 2015, the VHD has been instrumental in initiating and then developing the 4Memory consortium.
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