In June, 1998, two eminent political scientists, Melvin Richter, of the City University of New York, and Kari Palonen of the University of Jyväskylä, organized a conference on “Conceptual Changes in European Political Cultures” at the Finnish Institute in London. Henrik Stenius, the director of the Institute, served as the host. That meeting brought together scholars from fourteen nations to discuss ongoing collaborative projects on social and political concepts in such places as the Netherlands, Finland, France, Denmark, and the Soviet Union, and to listen to a variety of empirical and methodological presentations on related matters. Informing many of the reports and exchanges were the relatively recently completed volumes of the Geschichtliche Grundbegriffe—or GG for short—edited by Otto Brunner, Werner Conze and Reinhart Koselleck.

Underlying the conference were arguments made by Richter and Palonen about the possible convergence of German Begriffsgeschichte and the so-called “Cambridge School” approach(es) to the historical study of political thought. Both Reinhart Koselleck and Quentin Skinner attended the conference and contributed to its wide-ranging empirical and methodological exchanges. At the conference’s close, those present agreed to form an international network which would meet regularly, publish a newsletter, and develop an archive of projects and proposals, as well as interviews with, and critical reflections by, those who were taking part in them.

 

Thus was created the History of Political and Social Concepts Group.

In June, 1998, two eminent political scientists, Melvin Richter, of the City University of New York, and Kari Palonen of the University of Jyväskylä, organized a conference on “Conceptual Changes in European Political Cultures” at the Finnish Institute in London. Henrik Stenius, the director of the Institute, served as the host. That meeting brought together scholars from fourteen nations to discuss ongoing collaborative projects on social and political concepts in such places as the Netherlands, Finland, France, Denmark, and the Soviet Union, and to listen to a variety of empirical and methodological presentations on related matters. Informing many of the reports and exchanges were the relatively recently completed volumes of the Geschichtliche Grundbegriffe—or GG for short—edited by Otto Brunner, Werner Conze and Reinhart Koselleck.

Underlying the conference were arguments made by Richter and Palonen about the possible convergence of German Begriffsgeschichte and the so-called “Cambridge School” approach(es) to the historical study of political thought. Both Reinhart Koselleck and Quentin Skinner attended the conference and contributed to its wide-ranging empirical and methodological exchanges. At the conference’s close, those present agreed to form an international network which would meet regularly, publish a newsletter, and develop an archive of projects and proposals, as well as interviews with, and critical reflections by, those who were taking part in them.

 

Thus was created the History of Political and Social Concepts Group.


Events

Virtual Group Event

November 12, 5-7pm

 

It is with great pleasure that we announce the upcoming virtual History of Concepts Group Event on 12 November 2021 hosted by Bielefeld University and organized by Margrit Pernau and Silke Schwandt.

Keynotes will be presented by Ethan Kleinberg and Lisa Mitchell, commented by Helge Jordheim and Angelika Epple.

Please write an email for registration to ikukla@uni-bielefeld.de

 

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Concepts of Dedication

Concepta Workshop

University of Geneva, 27-28 November 2020

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Postponement

Unfortunately the conference, which we had originally planned for September 2020, and then for February 2021 has once again to be postponed. The new date is April 7-9 2022.

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The 23rd International Conference on the History of Concepts: Global Modernity. Emotions, Temporalities and Concepts

Berlin, 7-9 April 2022

 


Concepts of Dedication

Concepta Workshop

University of Geneva, 27-28 November 2020

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