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  • Monday, March 19, 2012 - 11:26

    Conceptual History News has moved.  If you wish to follow what is going on in conceptual history join the Contributions to History of Concepts journal's facebook page:

  • Monday, January 23, 2012 - 15:56

    CFP: Spaces, Languages, Time: the 15th International Conference on the History of Concepts

    Helsinki, 23–25 August 2012
    The conference is organised by the History of Political and Social Concepts Group and the Centre for Nordic Studies at the University of Helsinki

    Call for Papers published. See:

  • Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 08:15

    Theories and methodologies of Conceptual History
    August-October 2011 (weekly seminar)

    Facultad de Filosofía y Letras-Universidad de Buenos Aires

    Ph. D. candidats seminar

    36 hours

    Professors: Gabriel Entin (EHESS)-Claudio Sergio Nun-Ingerflom (CNRS-Universidad Nacional de San Martín)

  • Monday, September 5, 2011 - 13:25
    A new publication in conceptual history: The United Nations and Peace: The Evolution of an Organizational Concept.
  • Monday, June 27, 2011 - 11:56

    Conceptual History and the Welfare State


    Conference, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, September 15-16 2011

  • Friday, January 28, 2011 - 11:25

    Conceptualizing the World

    International conference in Oslo September 13-16 2011.

  • Friday, January 28, 2011 - 09:56

    Research Training Seminar – Call for Papers
    Towards a New Political History II: The Role of Ideas

    Institute of History and Civilization, University of Southern Denmark
    Centre for Welfare State Research, University of Southern Denmark
    Nordic Centre of Excellence: Nordwel

    Date: 18-19 May 2011

    Place: University of Southern Denmark, Odense (two hours by train from Copenhagen Airport)

    Seminar description

  • Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 15:17

    New book on the concept of democracy

    Jeppe Nevers’ doctoral dissertation on Danish conceptions of democracy will be published by the University Press of Southern Denmark on the 4th of February 2011. The book focuses on Danish examples but also charts general patterns in the European history of the concept.

  • Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 09:07

    Reinhart Koselleck (1923–2006)
    Politische Ikonologie

    Interdisziplinäre Tagung anlässlich der Übernahme des Nachlasses
    Reinhart Kosellecks durch das Deutsche Literaturarchiv Marbach
    und das Deutsche Dokumentationszentrum für Kunstgeschichte -
    Bildarchiv Foto Marburg
    Philipps-Universität Marburg, 18. - 20. November 2010

  • Friday, August 20, 2010 - 11:33

  • Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 08:13

    A Summer Course for the History of Concepts and Metaphors

    and a Workshop: Concepts of Art in History


    The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute announces a one-week summer course and workshop to be held August 22–26, 2010.

  • Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 13:05

    Research Training Seminar – Call for Papers

    Towards a New Political History

    Institute of History and Civilization, University of Southern Denmark
    Centre for Welfare State Research, University of Southern Denmark
    Danish Research School in History
    Nordic Centre of Excellence: Nordwel

    Date: 23-24 September 2010

    Place: University of Southern Denmark, Odense (two hours by train from Copenhagen Airport)

  • Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 14:53

    Conceptual History: Concepts, Metaphors and Discourses.

    The Thirteenth Annual Conference of the History of Political and Social Concepts Group. Moscow, 16 – 18 September 2010.

    The 13th annual conference will be held in Moscow from the 16th to the 18th September 2010. This conference is organised by HPSCG and the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow, in cooperation with European University in Saint-Petersburg and the German Historical Institute in Moscow.

  • Monday, February 8, 2010 - 10:19

    Call for Papers


    Text-mining in the Digital Humanities: The Interface between Conceptual History, Critical Discourse Analysis and Corpus Linguistics.


  • Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 14:40

    Evgeny Roshchin defended his doctoral dissertation 'Friendship in International Relations: A History of the Concept' at the University of Jyväskylä on November 27, 2009.
    Supervisor of the dissertation: Academy Professor Kari Palonen, University
    of Jyväskylä; Opponent: Jens Bartelson, Professor of Political Science,
    Lund University

    Roshchin, Evgeny
    Friendship in International Relations: A History of the Concept
    Jyväskylä: University of Jyväskylä, 2009, 236 p.

  • Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 14:36

    Redescriptions vol. 13, Yearbook of Political Thought, Conceptual History and Feminist Theory has recently come out. New volume includes articles by Pierre Rosanvallon, José María Rosales, Evgeny Roschin and Tuija Pulkkinen. View table of contents at:

  • Monday, October 12, 2009 - 18:01

    On Quentin Skinner, from Method to Politics

    Quentin Skinner, Bryan Garsten, Melissa Lane, Philip Pettit, and Nadia Urbinati

  • Monday, September 7, 2009 - 09:53

    Conference on "Fundamental Concepts in the Romanian Social-Political Languages" is taking place in Temeswar/Romania from September 23 until September 26, 2009.

    For more information and programme on the following link:

  • Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 09:40

    The programme of the 12th annual conference on the History of Concepts: New Directions in the history of concepts (London and Oxford, September 17th-19th, 2009) has been announced. Download the provisional programme here.

    More infromation:

  • Friday, June 12, 2009 - 13:19

    Call for Applications
    For a panel at the 12th annual conference on the History of Concepts, London and Oxford, 17-19 September 2009

    Towards a Historical Semantics of Emotions

    Doctors and scientists tend to view emotions as primarily linked to bodily functions, and explain them in terms of nerves, hormones, and adaptive mechanisms. Philosophers, theologians and psychologists, who throughout the ages argued about the rationality and cognitive status of Emotions, treat them often as a basic human faculty.

  • Friday, March 20, 2009 - 09:26

    Redescriptions vol. 12, Yearbook of Political Thought, Conceptual History and Feminist Theory has recently come out. New volume includes articles by Quentin Skinner, Kari Saastamoinen, Burkhard Conrad, Raymond Geuss, Kari Palonen and Jan Ifversen etc. Table of contents can be found here.

  • Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 17:49

    A workshop on the History of Concepts will be held at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute in September 13-17. The workshop will consist of sessions devoted to concepts from different realms: the Political, the Social, The Natural sciences and Medicine, and will be guided by lecturers from 'Concepta' as well as lecturers from the Zentrum  fuer Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin.

  • Saturday, March 14, 2009 - 09:07

    New Directions in the history of concepts
    The 12th annual conference on the History of Concepts
    London and Oxford, 17-19 September 2009

  • Monday, February 23, 2009 - 15:45

    A new interview with Quentin Skinner published at the Concepta e-texts. Skinner discusses concept of libert y and the development of his thought on the matter. The interview, "Mastery and Liberty",  is available in pdf-format from the e-texts and links -section of the Concepta website.

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - 16:16

    New publication:

    Burkhard Conrad: Der Augenblick der Entscheidung. Zur Geschichte eines politischen Begriffs.


  • Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 13:13

    Three new studies in conceptual history:

    Jörn Leonhard: Bellizismus und Nation. Kriegsdeutung und Nationsbestimmung in Europa und den Vereinigten Staaten 1750-1914

  • Wednesday, September 17, 2008 - 09:05

    Ville Lähde, from the department of philosophy in Tampere University, will defend his doctoral thesis, Rousseau’s Rhetoric of ’Nature’ A study on Discourse on Inequality, on 27.9.2008 at 12:00 hours: University of Tampere, Pinni B, lecture room B1100.

    Press release:


  • Monday, July 14, 2008 - 08:45

    Update! A significant number of articles has been added to the e-Texts and links -section of

  • Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 07:07

    VW-Graduiertenprojekt: "´Begriffsgeschichte´ als Dekonstruktion gesellschaftlicher und politischer Kommunikation in Rumänien", Universitatea de Vest, Temeswar

    Historisches Institut der RWTH, Aachen
    Bewerbungsschluss: 31.07.2008


  • Tuesday, June 3, 2008 - 16:09

    A forthcoming  publication:
    Faustino  Oncina Coves  (ed.)
    Theoria cum Praxi, Impronta 4, Plaza y Valdés PyV Editores, CSIC, Madrid-México, 2008.

    For more details please visit the website at:

  • Tuesday, June 3, 2008 - 15:33

    Rhetoric and Liberty
    The Third Jyväskylä Symposium on Political Thought and Conceptual History
    Time: 13-14 June 2008
    Place: Building Villa Rana, Room Blomsted, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

    Symposium is open for public audience.

    For more details and programme please visit the website at:

  • Tuesday, June 3, 2008 - 15:21

    A new article:

    European Journal of International Relations, Vol. 14, No. 2, 231-258 (2008)
    DOI: 10.1177/1354066108089242
    © 2008 European Consortium for Political Research, SAGE Publications

    Reframing NGOs: The Identity of an International Relations Non-Starter
    Norbert Götz
    University of Helsinki, Finland

  • Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 21:38

    National and Transnational Notions of "The Social"

    Concepta, International Research School in Conceptual History and Political Thought and NordWel, The Nordic Centre of Excellence: The Nordic Welfare State - Historical Foundations and Future Challenges organise jointly an afternoon seminar focusing on the methodological issues concerning the logics of conceptualisation. The seminar will take place on Thursday 21 August 2008 in Helsinki. Those wishing to attend the seminar  should register by 15 August  2008.

  • Monday, May 26, 2008 - 14:44

    A Summer Course on the History of Concepts in Jerusalem
    Academic Director: Prof. Gabriel Motzkin
    Coordinator: Sinai Rusinek

  • Monday, March 3, 2008 - 16:13

    NordWel Summer School 2008: "State, Society & Citizen
     - the Multilayered Historicity of the Welfare State"

    Date: 21-26 August 2008
    Place: Helsinki
    NCoE Nordwel in cooperation with the Danish Research School for History and Nordic Research School for Contemporary History are organizing a summer school in Helsinki, 21-26 August 2008.

    The summer school is part of the activities of NCoE NordWel:

  • Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 10:36

    The 11th Annual International Conference on Conceptual History will take place in Seoul, Korea, September 18-19, 2008. This year title is " Global-Historical Diffusion of Western Concepts and the Transformation of Northeast Asian Regional Order".

  • Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 10:48

    Quentin Skinner’s new book on Thomas Hobbes's theory of liberty is available. The first thing to meet the eye in Hobbes and Republican Liberty is that Skinner is discussing republican liberty. This is a term he had abandoned on historical grounds, and started  to call this theory of freedom neo-Roman. But in this book he has decided to "adopt the terminology now in general use."

  • Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 10:59

    Finnish Yearbook of Political Thought (Volumes 1-7, 1997 - 2003), more recently known as Redescriptions and  Yearbook of Political Thought and Conceptual History (Volume 8, 2004) are  now available online on website at

  • Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 10:40

    A new issue of the Redescriptions (volume 11) was published in december 2007. It includes articles and reviews by Helge Jordheim, F. R. Ankersmith, Wim Weymans, Pasi Ihalanen and  Martin J. Burke among others.

    The full list of contents and further information can be found here.

  • Friday, December 14, 2007 - 08:18

    Conference 'The First World War and the End of Neutrality'

    7 March 2009, The Hague (The Netherlands)

    Call for Papers

  • Thursday, December 13, 2007 - 08:33

    The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies is inviting applications for senior and junior research fellowships.

  • Tuesday, November 20, 2007 - 09:27

    Concepta is organizing conference Transcending Concepts: The History of Experiences, Interpretations, and Argumentation in Odense 24-25 April 2008. See call for papers.

  • Friday, November 2, 2007 - 11:09

    According to Cambridge University Press Quentin Skinner's new book will be published in march 2008. The book's title is Hobbes and Republican Liberty. In the book Skinner developes his earlier ideas about the nature of liberty and the two rival theories of liberty during Hobbes' era. See further details in Cambridge University Press-site.

  • Friday, October 12, 2007 - 17:47

    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”.

  • Sunday, October 7, 2007 - 17:28

    Centre for Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki is organizing a seminar in Helsinki: A Comparative Conceptual  World History

    The seminar assembles at 3 pm – 5 pm in the Russian Room at the Renvall Institute.
    For more information contact Veera Nisonen, coordinator.
    (tel. +358-40-7382717, e-mail: ))

    Wednesday 17th October   
    Bo Stråth: Introduction

  • Thursday, August 9, 2007 - 08:45

    The third Concepta’s “Introduction to Conceptual History” summer school began today at the University of Helsinki. The summer school is organized in co-operation with the Centre for Nordic Studies (University of Helsinki), Centre of Excellence in Political Thought and Conceptual Change (University of Jyväskylä), Danish Research School for History, POLITU – Finnish Political Science Doctoral School and Helsinki Summer School.

  • Tuesday, August 7, 2007 - 09:24

    The Concepta advisory board met in Rome for the first time in February 2007. The board subsequently agreed that Concepta will organise four research training seminars in the 2008-2009 period in the following order: Transcending Concepts, Beyond Classical Key Concepts, Constitutions and Constitutionalism and Historical Argumentation in Political Discourse.

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