[H-verkko] Helsinki, Introduction to Conceptual History / Summer School

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Introduction to Conceptual History / Summer School
Helsinki 03.08.2010 klo 12:00 - 03.08.2010 klo 16:00

ORGANISER:The University of Helsinki, see below
DATES: August 3 to 19, 2010
PRICES: Price group 1
COORDINATOR: Mr. Sami Syrjämäki, sami.syrjamaki(at)uta.fi


The presumption that concepts, arguments, and ideas are timeless has
been replaced in recent decades by an awareness of their unavoidable
historicity and temporality. Based on methods proposed by such
scholars as Reinhart Koselleck, Quentin Skinner, John Pocock, and
Michel Foucault which focus on the use of language in a historical
context, conceptual history serves as an innovative and rigorous
approach to the analysis of key social and political concepts,
arguments and ideas. The goal of conceptual history is to illuminate
the concepts and ideas that are central to the operation of political
and social life through the study of their migration, reception,
translation, and diffusion through time and space. Conceptual
analysis involves looking at larger semantic, discursive, ideological
and rhetorical settings in which concepts are given meaning. Doing
conceptual history therefore demands familiarity with a variety of
linguistically oriented approaches to discourse, ideology as well as

In the summer of 2010, Concepta, International Research School in
Conceptual History and Political Thought, and its partner
institutions will organise the sixth Introduction to Conceptual
History summer school. An international team of distinguished
scholars and visiting lecturers will help participants critically
examine the chief concepts in the humanities and social sciences from
new perspectives. The summer school has two main objectives. First, it
introduces students to the fundamental aspects of the theory and
methodology of conceptual history, which they can then use as tools
in their own research. Second, it explores contemporary trends in
conceptual history through case studies.

The course includes a series of lectures, a seminar and workshops. It
is designed for Finnish and international PhD and advanced Master’s
degree students from various academic fields. Interest in the
humanities and/or political thought is an asset.

The successful completion of the Summer School will require attending
the lectures, seminar and workshops as well as the completion of a
written assignment. To receive the six ECTS credits, students must
actively participate in the course and write a 10-15 page essay.
Students who wish to receive 10 ECTS credits must submit a 20-25 page
essay in addition to active participation. Students should submit all
essays to the organisers approximately one month after the conclusion
of the Summer School. Participants are encouraged to contact the
organisers if they would like to present their own work in progress
in conceptual history and related fields in the workshops.

Concepta, International Research School in Conceptual History and
Political Thought

Centre for Nordic Studies (CENS) at the Renvall Institute, University
of Helsinki

POLITU, Finnish Political Science Doctoral School

Centre of Excellence in Political Thought and Conceptual Change,
University of Jyväskylä

Please direct any questions concerning the content of this course to
the Coordinator, Mr. Sami Syrjämäki, sami.syrjamaki(at)uta.fi. Any
questions concerning the general arrangements (accommodation,
scholarship, etc.) should be addressed to the Summer School's office
at summer-school at helsinki.fi 

Course homepage at  Concepta's pages (

Sami Syrjämäki <sami.syrjamaki at uta.fi> puh. 044 540 0268 

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