International Research School in Conceptual History and Political Thought

Enlightened Loyalties in Northern Europe, 1750–1800: The History of Political Concepts and Conceptions

The Department of History of the University of Helsinki, the Academy of Finland research project “Enlightened Loyalties 1750–1800” and the Finnish Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies are happy to invite you to the seminar “Enlightened Loyalties in Northern Europe, 1750–1800: The History of Political Concepts and Conceptions”.

The seminar will take place on 26 October 2007 at Unioninkatu 38 A, lecture room A 205 (upper floor), Department of History, University of Helsinki.

The seminar is free of charge.

For more information and registration please contact Jyrki Hakapää at



14.00 Opening words: Prof. Hannes Saarinen (Helsinki) and Prof. Pasi Ihalainen (Jyväskylä)
14.15 Prof. Dr. Jörn Leonhard (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg): Nation and War: Towards a Comparative Conceptual Analysis in Late Eighteenth-Century Europe and the United States
15.30 Coffee break
16.00 MTh Minna Ahokas (Helsinki): Enlightenment Literature in Eighteenth-Century Finland
16.15 MA Jouko Nurmiainen (Helsinki): Progress and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Sweden: A Conceptual History
16.30 PhD Charlotta Wolff (Helsinki): The Duty of Rebellion? Noble Loyalties in Late Eighteenth-Century Sweden, France and Prussia
16.45 PhD Henrika Tandefelt (Helsinki): Royal Graces and Favours in the Politics of Gustavus III (1772–1792)
17.00 MA Jani Marjanen (Helsinki): Towards the Histoire Croisée of Concepts: A Swedish-Finnish Case
17.15 Comments by Docent Kari Saastamoinen (Helsinki), Prof. Dr. Jörn Leonhard, Prof. Pasi Ihalainen.
17.45 Discussion
18.30 End of seminar

The keynote speaker Jörn Leonhard (b. 1967) is professor of Western European history at the University of Freiburg. Prof. Dr. Leonhard studied at Heidelberg and Oxford. His doctoral thesis (Heidelberg, 1998) dealt with the historical semantics of ‘liberalism’ in nineteenth-century France, Germany, Italy and Great Britain. His Habilitationsschrift (Heidelberg, 2004) was Bellizismus und Nation. Die Deutung des Krieges und die Bestimmung der Nation: Frankreich, Deutschland, Großbritannien und die Vereinigten Staaten, 1750–1914. He has also published several monographs and articles on liberalism, nationalism and Western political thought. His main research interests include German, Western European and North American history from the 18th to the 20th century, and the comparative study of historical semantics, concepts and discourses.