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Launch of Database on International Organisations

28. Okt. 2010

Research project A3 "Networking the International System" launched a new database on international organisations: "The League of Nations Search Engine" (LONSEA).

The "League of Nations Search Engine" (LONSEA) provides information about international organisations and associations, their members, activities, meetings and publications. Based on material compiled by the League of Nations, it already has more than 5.000 entries. Among many other functions, it enables the analysis of the entanglements of international organisations and its members. It is now available on the Internet at

The launch of LONSEA comes 90 years after the League of Nations' first assembly in 1920. It took place in context with a conference on the history of international organisations. Under the title "Networks in Times of Transition. Toward a Transcultural History of International Organisations", scholars from around the globe discuss issues such as "The Practice of Networking", "The International Past" and "Global Curricula".

Both the conference and the development of LONSEA have been made possible by the Cluster's research project A3 "Networking the International System". The project aims at providing a systematic overview on international organisations in the first half of the twentieth century with a special focus on Asian participation. It is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Madeleine Herren-Oesch.

The launch of LONSEA took place on Thursday, October 21, at the Prinz Carl Palais in Heidelberg. The conference was held on Thursday and Friday, October 21 and 22, at the Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies.

For further information on the database or the conference, visit the pages listed below or contact

Further links:

League of Nations Search Engine

Calender Entry
Conference Website
Photo Gallery

News "Conference on International Organisations"
Press Release (German)
Press Release at Heidelberg University (German)
Article at Informationsdienst Wissenschaft (German)

Research project A3 "Networking the International System"
Profile Prof. Dr. Madeleine Herren-Oesch


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