Aims and Purposes of the ESHHS

The purpose of ESHHS is to promote international, multidisciplinary cooperation in scholarly activity and research in the history of the human sciences. The Society supports the history and historiography of the human sciences in their broadest sense, including psychology, pedagogy, sociology, anthropology, political science, criminology, linguistics and so forth, as well as relevant specializations within biology, history and philosophy, for example. The Society is free from affiliation to any particular discipline or scholarly tradition. It is truly international in membership and outlook, with members from nearly every European country, North America, and many other parts of the world. The Society uses the English language in its activities.

The aims of the ESHHS are to:

  • provide a broad perspective on contemporary scientific activities in order to counteract the narrow views of various disciplines and their interactions;
  • broaden scientific perspective by close cooperation with scholars in other countries;
  • strengthen and increase professionalism of scholarly research in the history of the human sciences.

Current Executive Board


Sharman Levinson




Kim Hajek

Kim M. Hajek has been Treasurer of the ESHHS since 2018, is Associate Editor of Centaurus (Journal of the European Society for the History of Science) and a member of the Editorial Board of JHBS. In her research, Kim draws upon methods of literary theory and narrative analysis to explore the textual workings of the human sciences, with a focus on the ‘psy’ sciences in Francophone Europe. She has published on the history of hypnosis, psychotherapeutic case histories, and the functions of narrative in science. Kim is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Leiden University (The Netherlands).

Contact: eshhs.treasurer[at]gmail.com


Júlia Gyimesi

Júlia Gyimesi is a Senior Lecturer and Department Head of the Department of Personality and Clinical Psychology at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Hungary. Other than this position, she also acts as Program Director of the Theoretical Psychoanalysis PhD Program at the University of Pécs. Júlia Gyimesi researches the esoteric antecedents of psychology and psychoanalysis, the history of epilepsy, and the Budapest School of Psychoanalysis.

Contact: juliagyimesi@gmail.com

Communications Officer

Martin Wieser

Martin Wieser is Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology at Sigmund Freud University Berlin. His research focuses on the history of Western psychology in the 19th and 20th century, the relation between political and social context with psychological theorizing and practice and the use and function of visualizations in the history of psychology.

Contact: martin.wieser[at]sfu-berlin.de


Treasurer (Banking / Netherlands)

Jannes Eshuis

Contact: jannes.eshuis[at]ou.nl