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Research Training Seminar: Constitution and Constititutionalism
Ruotsi 05.11.2009 klo 10:00 - 06.11.2009 

Constitution and Constititutionalism

The Third Concepta Resarch Training Seminar

Date: 5-6 November 2009

Place: Stockholm University, Sweden

Organisers: Concepta - International Research School in Conceptual
History and Political Thought and the University of Stockholm.

Convenors: Dr. Jussi Kurunmäki (Stockholm University), Dr. Suvi
Soininen (University of Jyväskylä), Dr. Henrik Stenius (University of

In recent years, questions regarding the meaning and scope of the
concept of constitution have become re-actualised in conjunction with
the increased attention that has been paid to the phenomena of
globalisation, multiculturalism and the transformation of modern
democracy. Questions, which for a long time had been posed almost
exclusively by legal and political theorists and the historians of
“the age of revolutions”, seem to have gained practical relevance:
Are the constitution-makers the same people as the people affected by
the constitution in question? What is the relationship between the
concept of constitution and the concepts of nation and state?

Present problems and future concerns revitalise our interest in the
history of the concepts of constitution and constitutionalism. The
conceptual history perspective not only helps us to understand the
background of today’s problems but it also enables us to see the
contested character of the very concept of constitution. We may ask:
What meanings have been given to concept of constitution and in what
kind of political controversies it has been involved? What kind of
role have geopolitical constellations had in terms of
constitution-making and constitutional reforms? What is
characteristic to a constitutional moment? When and where did these
moments take place? We may also learn why and in which ways
“constitution” has become one of the key concepts of modern

In order to shed light to the politics of constitution and
constitutionalism, the International Research School in Conceptual
History and Political Though, Concepta, invites doctoral students,
post docs and senior scholars to a workshop on the concepts of
constitution and constitutionalism. The focus of the workshop is
narrow in a sense that we are interested in a particular concept (or
a cluster of concepts), but it is also broad in a sense that the
concept of constitution will be approached from a number of different

Consequently, papers dealing with the following topics are especially

-  historical case studies of debates over constitutions

-  diachronic conceptual changes in the use of “constitution”

-  the relationship between constitutionalism and democracy

-  political ideologies and the concept of constitution

-  parliamentarism as republican form of constitutionalism

-  geopolitical aspects of constitution-making

-  ancient constitutions vs. revolutionary moments: temporal aspects
of “constitution”

-  sub-national and post-national constitutional aspirations

-  conceptual history aspects of the attempts to create a European

Deadline for abstracts (max. 400 words):  1 September 2009

Send abstracts to Jussi Kurunmäki: jussi.kurunmaki at statsvet.su.se or
Suvi Soininen: suvi.m.soininen at jyu.fi

Keynote speakers

The keynote speakers at the seminar are Dario Castiglione (University
of Exeter), Max Edling (University of Uppsala), Andreas Kalyvas (The
New School for Social Research, New York). The topics covered by the
key note speakers include the making of the US Constitution, the
history of pouvoir constituent, and the EU Constitution.

Dario Castiglione is Reader in Political Theory at the University of
Exeter in the Department of Politics of the School of Human and
Social Sciences. His major field of interest is political theory and
its history, with particular application to contemporary European
developments. His main areas of research comprise constitutionalism,
democratic theory, the interconnection between state and society, the
history of early modern political thought, and democracy and
citizenship in the EU. He has published extensively on these issues
and acted as one of the lead-partners in numerous EU projects on
issues such as European Constitutionalism, Democracy and

Max Edling is a member of the Department of History at Uppsala
University and the author of A Revolution in Favor of Government:
Origins of the U.S. Constitution and the Making of the American State
(New York, 2003). His
current research deals with American political economy and war
finance between the Revolution and the Civil War.

Andreas Kalyvas is an associate professor in the Department of
Politics at The New School for Social Research. He is the author of
'Democracy and the Politics of the Extraordinary: Weber, Schmitt,
Arendt' (Cambridge University Press 2008) and the co-author of
'Liberal Beginnings: Making a Democracy for the Moderns' (Cambridge
University Press 2008).  He is currently working on two book
projects: one on the intersecting trajectories of dictatorship and
tyranny in Western political thought and another on the constituent
power and radical democratic politics.

Registration fee: 50 euros.

Accommodation: More information will be published soon.

Travel grants: A number of travel grants will be available to
contribute towards students travel expenses. Although, students
should be aware that these grants might not cover full costs. Those
wishing to apply for a travel grant should indicate this in their

Contact: Jussi Kurunmäki: jussi.kurunmaki at statsvet.su.se and Suvi
Soininen: suvi.m.soininen at jyu.fi.

www: www.concepta.net

Lisätietoja Conceptan sivuilta ( http://www.concepta-net.org/ )

Jussi Kurunmäki <jussi.kurunmaki at statsvet.su.se> 

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4.6.2009 11:12

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