Int'l Scholar Praises Logo That Reflects Gender Equality

August 24, 2015
By Yao JianEditor: Kate Wu
Int'l Scholar Praises Logo That Reflects Gender Equality
Marjatta Hietala, president of the International Committee for Historical Sciences [Xinhua/Guo Xulei]

Marjatta Hietala, president of the International Committee for Historical Sciences (ICHS), spoke highly of the logo used for a major congress being held in Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong Province, from August 23-29.

The image of a man and a woman in a carriage in the logo for the 22nd International Congress of Historical Sciences strongly reflects the concept of gender equality, she said.

Hietala, professor of the University of Tampere, Finland, is the first female president of the world's most prestigious committee for historical sciences.

Graduating from the University of Helsinki, Finland, she was elected as the president of the ICHS at the 21st International Congress of Historical Sciences in August 2010.

She specializes in the urban history of Northern Europe and other countries, with many publications in the field.

Being a leading event on the academic calendar, the congress enjoys a reputation as the "Olympics of Historical Sciences".

The congress has been held 21 times every five years since 1900, except during  World War I and World War II.

The logo for the 22nd International Congress of Historical Sciences has been selected from a shortlist of 219 artworks since it was opened to public submission in May 2013.

Based on the chosen two pieces of works, the organizing committee produced the final version, composed of an auspicious cloud, which is a typical Chinese element; a carriage from the Han Stone Relief, which embodies the "wheels of history"; and the words "ICHS" and "2015 JINAN CHINA".

"In this logo, vermillion red is the color of the wall of the Forbidden City and also the main color of Shandong University, which is solemn and reserved, and symbolizes the Chinese people's tribute to good fortune and beauty," said Fang Hui, general secretary of the Shandong University Organizing Committee for the Congress.

Jointly organized by the Association of Chinese Historians and Shandong University, the ongoing congress has attracted approximately 2,600 historians and about 900 international scholars.

The Congress includes four major themes, namely "China from Global Perspectives", "Historicizing Emotions", "Revolutions in World History: Comparisons and Connections" and "Digital Turn in History". It was the first time the congress has been held in Asia.

Robert Frank, secretary-general of the event, said that the first conference in Asia will help break away from the eurocentrism in historical studies, and creating a new angle for historical sciences.

Zhang Rong, president of Shandong University, believed that the Congress will provide a good opportunity for promoting Chinese culture and facilitate the fast development of the historical sciences and humanities and social sciences at the University and in China at large.

(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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