III Congreso Internacional Historia a Debate Santiago de Compostela

III Congreso Internacional Historia a Debate
Santiago de Compostela, 14-18 de julio de 2004

Grupos, redes, movimientos historiográficos

The Activities of the Network of Concerned Historians
(preliminary abstract-9 February 2004)
Antoon De Baets
University of Groningen

The Network of Concerned Historians (NCH) was established at the University of Groningen, Netherlands, in October 1995 and serves as a link between concerned historians and human rights organizations. NCH wants to be independent and universal. It deploys activities in three fields. In order of importance, these are action, information, and research. First, NCH forwards to its participants urgent actions for persecuted and censored historians (and others who write about the past) issued by international human rights organizations. Second, it publishes electronic annual reports with historical news from these organizations. Third, it collects data on persecuted and censored historians and forwards them to the appropriate human rights organizations, but it does not produce action-oriented information itself. I will trace the history behind NCH's establishment, and describe its mandate, mode of operation, membership, and activities. Until now (February 2004), NCH has participated in 23 campaigns and 11 follow-ups for historians and others writing about the past in fourteen countries. In addition, it has distributed nine annual reports. In June 2001, NCH became a founding member of the Network of Education and Academic Rights (NEAR). Based at Southbank University in London, NEAR works for persecuted and censored academics. A global watchdog for academic freedom, it functions as an umbrella for twenty-five organizations such as NCH.

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