Historische
Kommission
München
Basic information in english

The Historical Commission

The Historical Commission at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (HiKo) was founded in 1858 and is located in Munich.

HiKo is a self-governing organization, with Gerrit Walther as its president and Bernhard Löffler as secretary. The commission currently has a total of 43 members, all scholars from universities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Its strategic decisions are made at annual meetings.

The Historical Commission’s long-term research is organized into departments. Around 30 researchers are currently on staff, 20 of them with permanent contracts. The commission’s administration is located together with the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities at its Munich site. HiKo is mainly financed by the Free State of Bavaria, while also receiving third-party funding for projects.

Basic Historical Research

The commission’s activities focus chiefly on scholarly editions of source material from the Middle Ages to contemporary history (e.g. documents of the Imperial German Diet, documents of the Reich Chancellery, the National Socialist regime 1933-1945) as a basis for further historical research.

Biographical Research

Its second area of focus lies in biographical research. HiKo cooperates with the Bavarian State Library to run Deutsche Biographie (comparable to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography), the largest academic source of reliable biographical information in the German-speaking world.

Digital Humanities

HiKo has also been involved in the field of digital humanities for a number of years. Its academic staff uses and develops digital methods and tools to this end (Oxydition).

Mitglieder des Stiftungsrates

Ministerialrat Florian Albert (Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst)

• Prof. Dr. Thomas O. Höllmann (Präsident der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften)

• Prof. Dr. Christoph Kampmann (Mitglied der Historischen Kommission bei der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften)

• Prof. Dr. Susanne Lepsius (Mitglied des Kuratoriums des Historischen Kollegs)

• Prof. Dr. Werner Plumpe (Mitglied der Historischen Kommission bei der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften)

• Prof. Dr. Birgit Emich (Mitglied des Kuratoriums des Historischen Kollegs)

Eine Vorsitzende/ein Vorsitzender des Stiftungsrates und eine Stellvertreterin/ein Stellvertreter werden erst in der konstituierenden Sitzung 2022 gewählt.