[H-verkko] CFP: Introduction to Conceptual History

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Introduction to Conceptual History
Introduction to Conceptual History

Summer school for PhD students and advanced level Master’s degree students

8 August to 19 August

University of Helsinki

In the summer of 2016 the eleventh annual summer school Introduction to
Conceptual History will take place in Helsinki, at the University of Helsinki
and its Centre for Nordic Studies. The summer school is jointly organized by
Concepta: International Research School in Conceptual History, The Political
Concepts Standing Group of the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR),
and the research projects “The Political Rhetoric of Isms” and
“Asymmetries in European Intellectual Space at the University of Helsinki”.
An international team of distinguished scholars and visiting lecturers have been
engaged to stimulate the participants into a critical discussion around key
concepts in politics, as well as in the social sciences and the humanities.

The summer school seeks to familiarize younger scholars with theories and
practices of conceptual history and the study of political concepts as a style
of political theorizing and studying political practices. The aim of conceptual
history is to analyze the ways in which concepts and ideas are operationalized
in political and social life through the study of their migration, translation,
reinterpretation and diffusion through time and space. Conceptual analysis
involves looking at larger semantic, discursive, ideological and rhetorical
settings in which concepts are given meaning, and demands familiarity with a
variety of linguistically oriented approaches to discourse and ideology, as well
as to rhetoric.

An international team of distinguished scholars and visiting lecturers have been
engaged to stimulate the participants into a critical discussion. The course
will introduce the fundamental aspects of the theory and methodology of
conceptual history (discussing the work of scholars such as Reinhart Koselleck,
Quentin Skinner, John Pocock, Michel Foucault, and Pierre Rosanvallon), which
the students are encouraged to use as tools in their own research. On this
basis, a focus will be put on different cases of conceptual change, emphasizing
the inherently political character of language and rhetoric in the usage of
concepts. Further, contemporary trends in conceptual history will be explored
through case studies presented by the students as well as visiting lecturers.

The course includes lectures, seminars and workshops.

We welcome PhD and advanced Master’s degree students from various academic

Teachers and lecturers

Postdoc researcher Anna Björk, University of Jyväskylä

Professor Martin Burke, The City University of New York

Postdoc researcher Ainur Elmgren, University of Helsinki

Professor Jan Ifversen, University of Aarhus

Postdoc researcher Anthoula Malkopoulou, University of Uppsala

Postdoc researcher Jani Marjanen, University of Helsinki

Associate Professor Niklas Olsen, University of Copenhagen

Professor Kari Palonen, University of Jyväskylä

Professor Margrit Pernau, Max Planck Institute for Human Development

Senior researcher Evgeny Roshchin, RANEPA University, St. Petersburg

Associate Professor Johan Strang, University of Helsinki

Professor Claudia Wiesner, Universität Darmstadt / University of Jyväskylä


Time, place, duration, tuition fees, and ECTS

Time: 8–19, August 2016

Place: University of Helsinki, Topelia building (Unioninkatu 38 A)

Duration: 60 contact hours

Tuition fee: There is no tuition fee, but students are required to cover their
own flights and accommodation. Once you have been accepted to the course, you
will recieve information about pre-booked accommodation.

ECTS: 6–10 (depending on submitting an essay)


Applications and admission requirements

In order to be admitted you must be a PhD-student with a topic that relates to
political concepts and/or a conceptual history approach. We are also willing to
consider advanced-level MA students that have a strong interest in the topics of
the summer school.

Applications to the course must include information about:
- your educational background
- names of your supervisors
- a short description of your PhD project (max 200 words)
- motivation letter (max 200 words) and an overview of current research and
interests (max 200 words)


Please send your applications via e-mail to jani.marjanen at helsinki.fi and
johan.strang at helsinki.fi.


Application deadline: May 20th 2016

Ilmoituksen lähetti: Jani Marjanen <jani.marjanen at helsinki.fi>
Ilmoitus vanhentuu: 31.5.2016
Lisätietoja WWW-osoitteesta: http://www.historyofconcepts.org