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Preliminary programme opening and closing sessions


Sunday 22 August 2010, 4 pm (doors open at 3 pm)
Muziektheater Amsterdam


  • Official opening by the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, mr. dr. J.P. Balkenende
  • Presidential Address by the President of CISH/ICHS, prof. José Peset
  • Welcome by the chairman of the Koninklijk Nederlands Historisch Genootschap (the Royal Dutch Historical Society), prof. Lex Heerma van Voss, and an introduction to the theme of the session: "Water as a factor in History".
  • Cultural intermezzo: short movie "REGEN" (Rain) by Joris Ivens (1929) with new music composed by Huub de Vriend (world première)
  • Three lectures adressing the theme of the session:

    • Prof. Bozhong Li (Peking)
    • Prof. Ibraham Thioub (Dakar)
    • Prof. Jean Claude Robert (Montreal)
  • Drinks


Saturday 28 August 2010, 10.30 am
The Aula of the Universiteit van Amsterdam


  • Installation of the new Bureau CISH/ICHS
  • Public lecture by Nelleke Noordervliet, Dutch author
  • Reprise of short movie REGEN by Joris Ivens (1929) with new music composed by Huub de Vriend
  • Closing of the congres by the newly elected president of the CISCH/ICHS

The closing session is sponsored by the Volkskrant.