Institute for contemporary history is devoted to the furthering of the understanding of recent past through the research of political, social, economical, intellectual and cultural history of Serbian society in Yugoslav, Balkan, European and global context.
ICH is a leading national institution in the realm of contemporary history and historiography, envisaged and structured as an organization that assembles experts and creates a forum for the exchanges of ideas, knowledge and research results. ICH is devoted to creating and furthering the knowledge about the past, as well as the rational historical consciousness about the heritage of the 20th century, which has molded the reality we live in. ICH creates and promotes new models of knowledge in Serbian historiography, creating the preconditions for gaining reliable knowledge about the past.
Through the standards of academic excellence, ICH strives towards leadership in the regional scholarly production in the realm of contemporary history. Through building its capacities and intensifying the international cooperation, ICH strives towards mediation between the local and global scholarly communities. Through cooperation, research and publishing, research associates are devoted to the raising the level of the scholarly standards. By creating a new image, based on the usage of up-to-date informational and communicational means, ICH is addressing not only the scholarly community, but strives towards a wider outreach.
ICH conducts its functions through projects and programs which encompass the research of various processes, personalities and phenomena that have historical basis and background. The activities of the ICH are directed towards the exchange of knowledge within the historical science, as well as with the other sciences. They are also directed towards the popularization of the research results on both national and international scale, with a goal to make them a part of Serbian and global heritage. Through the projects, seminars, workshops, conferences and publications in the realm of history and historiography of the 20th century, ICH leads a constant dialogue between the past and the present.