Conference Programme


Please note that the conference programme is subject to changes.


Thursday, April 7

Plenary Sessions (Venue: Rostlaube)




Opening Remarks

Martin Burke, Sebastian Conrad, Margrit Pernau


Plenary Session I

Dilip Menon, Keynote: Clanging Theory: Transhemispheric conversations




Plenary Session II

Anastasia Piliavsky, Keynote: For an Ethnography History of Political Concepts




Parallel Sessions I (Venue: Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut)

Constitutions and Parliaments in Eurasian Empires, 1890s–1910s: Vernacular Concepts and Practices in a Global Context


Ivan Sablin,

The State Duma, Parliamentarism, and Anti-parliamentarism in the Russian Empire, 1905–1917


Egas Moniz Bandeira,

"The Motherland of Constitutionalism": Interpreting Parliaments and Constitutions in Light of Chinese Antiquity, ca. 1890–1910


Alisa Shablovskaia,

Redefining Freedom in the Language of Islam: Early Iranian Nationalism in the Constitutional Debate


Ayşegül Argit,

"The Crowd of Constantinople is a Cowardly One": Discussions on Constitutionalism, Political Culture and Pathos in the Ottoman Empire after 1908


Discussant: Alexander Semyonov

Times of Playing – Playing with Times: Perspectives on the History of a Contingent Concept


Kari Palonen,

The Spiel Language of Politics in the Debates of German Bundestag


Mira Söderman,

Football Language in Matteo Renzi’s Political Rhetoric


Kia Lindroos,

Temporal Figures in Cinema: A Benjaminian Perspective


Rieke Trimçev,

The Presence of the Possible: "Play"/"Game" Metaphors and the Temporality of Politics

Temporalization and its Consequences in Modern China


Thomas Fröhlich,

Temporalizations of "the West" in Modern China


Kai Vogelsang,

Sixiang: The Concept of "Thought" in Chinese History


Stefan Christ,

A Case Study in Temporalization: New Concepts of Theatre in a Chinese Threshold Period


Discussant: Harald Bluhm

Digital Humanities and Large Corpora


Joris van Eijnatten/Edo Storm,

Suffering, Misfortune, Adversity: Contours of a Semantic Field Using Digital Methods


Jani Marjanen,

The Case for Quantitative Conceptual History: Revisiting Koselleck from the Perspective of Large-scale Textual Datasets


Antti Kanner,

Metalinguistic Discourse and Conceptual Innovation in Large Corpora


Ruben Ros,

The Birth of the Foreign: A Computational Analysis of the Concept of Buitenland in Dutch Newspapers, 1815–1914




Parallel Sessions II (Venue: Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut)

Socialism and Anarchism I


Pascale Siegrist,

«La civilisation comme œuvre commune de l’humanité entière»?: Lev Mechnikov and the Problem of Anarchist Universalism, c. 1860–1888


Matias X. Gonzalez,

From Sozialismus to socialisme, Back and Forth: Towards an Inter-connected Conceptual History of Socialism


Orsolya A. Sudár,

The Socialist and the National. A Show Trial of Modernism

The Concept of Minority in Imperial and Post-imperial Politcal Imaginarie


Anton Kotenko,

The Concept of Minority in the Ukrainian Political Language at the End of the Late 19th Century


Wiktor Marzec,

Who Can be a National Minority?: Polish Controversies on National Minorities from the Birth of Mass Politics to the Post-Versailles Parliamentary Debate


Alexander Semyonov,

Post-imperial Political Imaginaries in the Russian Imperial Revolution: Diversity, Self-determination, and the Question of Minorities


Discussant: Ainur Elmgren

Nomadic Concepts of Time


Sina Steglich,

The Time of the Nomad


Tobias Becker,

The Time of Nostalgia


Fernando Esposito,

From the Time of Non-contemporaneity to the Time of Contemporaneity

Changing Narrations/Narrating Changes: Memory, Time, and History


Julian Gonzalez De Leon Heiblum,

From Loss to Oblivion: Remembering the Empire of Arthur


Jeremy Randall,

Revolutionary Temporality and Hope After Defeat: The Lebanese Left’s Memory of the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990)


Idan Liav,

Memory Lost, Memory Found: Tracing 1948 in the Memoirs of Holocaust Survivors


Discussant: Helge Jordheim

Round table

Beyond Concepts: Identifying Comparison Performing Sentences in Big Corpora


Silke Schwandt/

Michael Götzelmann/

Olga Sabelfeld

Economic Concepts


Sophy Bergenheim,

Preserving the "Welfare Spirit": Explorations into a Professional-personal-political Concept in Social Welfare, 1940s–1950s Finland


Isabella Consolati,

Conceptual History and the Concept of Capitalism


Samuel Hayat,

Revolutionising Work: How Labour became a Revolutionary Concept in France


Parallel Sessions III (Venue: Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut)

Concepts in Eastern Europe


Veera Laine,

"Use that Word!": Contemporary Uses of "Nationalist" in Russia and in the U.S.


Juhan Saharov,

Global Concepts in the Service of Local Reform: Future Scenario and Self-regulation as Rhetorical Devices for Promoting "Republican Self-management“ in Late Soviet Estonia


Galina Dourinova,

"Russian Mission" towards the Indigenous People: Conceptualizing Emotions, Creating Linguistic Norms


Vilius Mačkinis,

State-endorsed Advancement: Lithuanian Progress Strategy and the Concept of Progress

Democracy Beyond Modern Political Concepts


Lorenzo Rustighi,

The Aporias of Modern Political Concepts: Authorization, Representation, Sovereignty


Pierpaolo Cesaroni,

The Political Concept between Conceptual History and Political Philosophy


Matteo Bozzon,

Federalism beyond Sovereignty: Key Issues and Categories


Discussant: Marco Ferrari

Synchronization and the Moralization of Time: Humanitarianism, Epidemics, Climate Change, and Historiography


Helge Jordheim,

Epidemic Transmission, Conceptual Transfer: Communicability, and Synchronization in Times of Epidemics


Henning Trüper,

Moral Synchronization: On Humanitarianism as Temporalization


Julia Nordblad,

"Future Generations" in Climate Economics: Moral Synchronization as Depoliticization?

Emotion Concepts I


Eugenia Roldan Vera,

History Education and the Emotionalization of Patriotism: Mexico in the Last Third of the Nineteenth Century


Nil Tekgül,

The Concept of “Rıza and Şükran”


Christiane Czygan,

The Perfect Ruler, the Perfect Man? Analysing the Concept of the Perfect Man in Sultan Süelyman’s Hamburg Manuscript (1554)

Citizens and Disruption


Ainur Elmgren,

Who can be a Public Intellectual?: Intellectual as an Analytical Concept and Visibility Management by Minority Intellectuals in Finland, 1860–1923


Teemu Häkkinen/Miina Kaarkoski,

Citizens’ Willingness to Defend the Country as a Concept in Finnish, Swedish, and Austrian Foreign Policy


Clara del Pilar Franco Castro,

The Concept of Revolution as Part of the Latin American Political Thought: The Cases of Mexican Revolution and Cuban Revolution

Concepts in the Islamic World


Ezgi Vissing,

Writing a Story of One’s Own: Literary Historiography and Modernity in the Ottoman Empire


Navid Hassanzadeh,

Laroui, Modernity, and Conceptual History


Elife Biçer-Deveci,

The “Alcohol Problem” in the Late Ottoman Empire and Turkey


Contributions Board Meeting (Venue: Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut)



Friday, April 8


Parallel Sessions IV (Venue: Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut)

Near Eastern Conceptual History: Modernization, Synchronization, and Secularization I


Markus Dreßler,

From "Religious Community" to "Nation": The Transformation of the Term Millet in the Late Ottoman Context


Daniel Kolland,

Ottoman Concepts of Historical Time


Seyma Afacan,

From His to Duygu: Changing Emotion Concepts and Anti-emotional Rhetoric in the Late Ottoman Empire and Early Republic of Turkey


Discussant: Alp Eren Topal

Subversive Concepts in Revolutionary Times I: Revolution and Conceptual Change


Chair: Piotr Kuligowski


Jakub Kowalewski,

Killing the Leviathan: Anti-Statism as a Spatiotemporal Concept


Bartłomiej Błesznowski,

The Hypothesis of Minor Ideology: The Case of Cooperativism at the Turn of the 20th Century in Poland


Discussant: Rosario López

Visual Culture and Conceptual History Beyond Text I


Sébastien Tremblay,

The Power of Images: The Pink Triangle and the Political Self-Consciousness of Homosexual Liberation


Michael Facius,

Icons of Early Modern Japan?: The Samurai as a Visual Concept


Julia Zimmer,

The Phenomenon "Bilbao Effect": Creation of Visual Culture through Iconic Architecture


Discussant: Bettina Brandt

The Politics of Politicians: Historical Perspectives on the Self-understandings of Politicians in European Parliamentary Debates


Kari Palonen,

The politician – a controversial figure


Pasi Ihalainen,

Emerging politicians and statesmen in parliaments and public discourse at the time of the emergence of modern politics, 1770-1815


Henk te Velde,

The professionalisation of politicians


Rosario López,

Politicians of principle


Discussants: Willibald Steinmetz, Tobias Weidner

Concepts in South Asia


Mohinder Singh,

Renunciation and the Modern Indian Concept of Politics


Sanjna Mukhopadhyay,

Measured Time: Early Temporal Understandings and Debates Related to the Printed Vernacular Almanacs in Colonial Bengal


Shrikanth B.R.,

Debating Modernity in the '90s


Jubin Abraham,

The Social Psychology of Fear. A Journey through the History of Early Modern Travancore

Emotion Concepts II


Farha Noor,

Otium, Emotions, and the Self-Entangled Literary: Concepts in Tagore’s Works


Hye-Joon Yoon,

The Elusive "Ease" and "Tranquillity"


Julia Wesolowska,

The Transformation of Legal Concepts of Emotions: A Comparative-historical Study of "Offense to Religious Feelings"




Parallel Sessions V (Venue: Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut)

Near Eastern Conceptual History: Modernization, Synchronization, and Secularization II


Wael Abu Uksa,

The Language of Liberalism in 19th-century Arabic: A Conceptual Approach


Mohammad Magout,

The Conceptualization of "Religion" in the Periodical al-Jinān (1870–1886)


Alireza Shams Lahijani,

Iran’s Idea of Europe: Conceptual Constellations and Entry into International Society


Discussant: Florian Zemmin

Subversive Concepts in Revolutionary Times II


Luka Nakhutsrishvili,

The Oath between Action, Belief, and Metaphor: A Conceptual History of the Revolutionary Alliance of Peasants and Intelligentsia in Early Twentieth-century Georgia


Risto Turunen,

From Historical Materialism to God of History: The Concept of History at the Grassroots of Finnish Socialism, 1899–1917


Dennis Dierks,

Making Revolution in a Transimperial Setting: Russian Muslim Conceptions of inkılâb (revolution) during the Russian February Revolution


Discussant: Wiktor Marzec

Concepts of Geography and Environment


Erik Isberg,

Environmental Times: Conceptualizations of Temporality in Paleoclimatology, 1950–1990


Jaakko Heiskanen,

The Linearization of Peoplehood: Toward a Conceptual History of the Nomad


Patricia Aranha,

Amazon: a Key-concept to the Entanglement between European and South American Historiographies


Meena Krishnendra,

Indo-Pacific: The Construct and Its Geographic Validity

Studying Neoliberal Key Actors and Renewing Conceptual History


Jesper Vestermark Køber,

Key Actors of the Welfare State


Sophy Bergenheim,



Mikkel Thorup,

"The Debtor"


Discussant: Johan Strang

Emotion Concepts III


Julia Nordblad,

Forest Time and the Passions of Economic Man


Anthony Ellis,

Cross-cultural Visions of Jealousy


Elzbieta Kwiencinska,

Between a pity and a fear. The concept of the ‘civilizing mission’ as a cultural transfer in East-Central Europe, 1815-191

Visual Culture and Conceptual History Beyond Text II


Luc Wodzicki,

A Medal for a Handkerchief: The Political Aesthetics of "Virtue" in Trans-Mediterranean Communication


Roxanne Mallet,

Museal Display: Rethinking Expography as a Source


Helen Gibson,

"Her Chief Delight": Pleasure and the Aesthetic Temporalities of Driving


Discussant: Hannah Baader




Parallel Sessions VI (Venue: Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut)

Concepts of Emotion in the History of Secularism


Anton Jansson,

Utilist Songs and Secular Visions: A Conceptual Analysis of Emotions in early Swedish Secularism


Carolin Kosuch,

Secularism and Piety: How a Religious Concept Turned Worldly


Heidi Hakkarainen,

Secular Moral Sentiments: Emotional Underpinnings of Humanism in the Nineteenth Century


Christoffer Leber,

Monism around 1900: Secularism and the Conceptual History of a Provocative Term


Discussant: Karsten Lichau

Book Presentation


Victor Neumann, The Temptation of Homo Europaeus


Victor Neumann,



Discussants: Hans Erich Bödecker, Neil Titman

Global Concepts I


Rodrigo Bonaldo,

Commemoration and Ephemerides: Conceptual Translations and Synchronization Practices in the Global South


Maja Hagerman,

Racial Concepts and Visual Typology: Race Biology, Photography, and Collaboration over National Borders within the Scientific Network for Racial Hygiene from 1910 to 1935


Maria Elisa Noronha de Sá,

The concept of race, racial discourses and diagnoses about American nations in the second half of the nineteenth century


Discussant: Hagen Schulz-Forberg

Socialism and Anarchism II


Piotr Kuligowski,

Ism Concepts within French and Polish Early Socialist Discourse


Martina Garategaray

Social Democracy in the Southern Cone (1976-1991)


Gaard Kets,

The Commune and the councils: the communalist repertoire in the German Revolution of 1918-1919

Global Concepts II


Zhonghua Guo,

Strategies of Modern Chinese State Building


Benjamin Martin,

International Ideas at UNESCO: Digital Approaches for Global Conceptual History


Gabriel Entin,

Political Hebraism in the Spanish World


Hizky Shoham,

Why Hebrew “Shoah”?: A Conceptual History and Two Zionist Narratives

Conceptual History, Theory I


Goran Gaber,

From the History of Critique to the History of Critics: On the Benefits of Sociology of Knowledge for the Practice of Conceptual History


Vladimir Glebkin,

A Crisis of Culture as an Ideal Type: The Case of Pitirim Sorokin and Edmund Husserl


Kristin Platt,

Keep Going: Territorialized and Deterritorialized Temporality in the 1920s


Marcelo Durão Rodrigues da Cunha,

A Disruptive of Modernity?: On the Possibilities of a Transnational Interpretation of the Concept of Historicism




Plenary Sessions (Venue: Harnack House)


Plenary Session III

Einar Wigen, Keynote: Concepts and the Emotion of Belatedness


Book Release: Kari Palonen, Pasi Ilahainen (See further)


Reception sponsored by the Finnish Institute


Concepta Board Meeting | European Key Concepts Meeting



Saturday, April 9

Plenary Sessions (Venue: Rostlaube)


Plenary IV

Barbara Mittler, Keynote: World-as-Method: Toward Terminologies as Shared Heritage in Global History




History of Concepts Group Business Meeting




Parallel Sessions VII (Venue: Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut)

How Concepts Look and Feel: Political Concepts at the Intersection of Affect and Emotion


Harrison Diskin,

The Object of a Constitution: Rethinking the Material History of a Concept


Darrin M. McMahon,

The Passion for Equality


Stephen Bann,

"Blood is Thicker than Water": Affective Undercurrents in the Visual Culture of the French Restauration



Laura Alvarez Garro,

The Conceptual Indetermination of Present Times: An Approach to the Concept of Populism


Jan Ifversen,

Conceptualising the Incomprehensible: Sketching Out a New Lexicon


Kirill Postoutenko,

Towards Conceptual History of Incomparability (2): Modern and Post-modern Twists


Jonathon Catlin,

On Conceptual Devastation: Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin, and the Idea of History as ‘Permanent Catastrophe’

Translation and Reception of the Political Concepts in Nineteenth-century East Asia: Body Politic, Constitutionalism, and Separation of Powers


Soh Jean Hyoung,

Meaning of Separation of Powers for Early Twentieth-century East Asians: A Case of Yan Fu’s Translation and Adaption of Liberty and Separation of Powers


Taejin Kim,

Translating the Metaphor of Body Politic in Nineteenth-century East Asia: Nakae Chomin and Liang Qichao’s Understanding of Rousseau


Dohyung Kim,

Translation and Reception of Constitutionalism and Organicist Political Thought in Meiji Japan


Discussant: Chulki Hong

Basic Concepts of the Twentieth Century II


Falko Schmieder, Programmatic Considerations for a Lexicon on Semantics in 20th-century Germany


Anna Simon-Stickley,

The Concept of Resource


Benjamin Thomas,

Ideological Affinity and Conceptual Change: Neuordnung in the Post-war CDU


Thomas Land,

The "Discovery" of Civil Society as Means for the Solution of the Crisis in the 1970s and 1980s in West-Germany


Discussant: Ernst Müller

Concepts of Nation and Time


Topi Houni,

Imagining a

(Re-)unified Nation


Tibor Bodnár-Király,

Conceptualizing Enlightenment Modernity


Mehmet Dosemeci,

The Coming Rupture

Emotion Concepts IV


Claudia Roesch,

Happiness, Temporality, and Concepts of Global Industrial Future in Robert Owen’s New Vision of Society (1812-1816)


Peter Gottschalk,

Stuck in the Past: Disgust, Disdain, and Islamophobia in the Globalizing News Media


Johannes Schütz,

Fearing and Hating all What is New: Another History of Modernity


Parallel Sessions VIII (Venue: Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut)

Emotions, Power and Change: Concepts in Motion and the Formation of the Chinese Empire


Federico Brusadelli,

The Art of Control: The Concept of Technique (shu 術) in Classical Chinese Political Thought


Thomas Crone,

From Feeling "Miserable" to Feeling Guilty


Philip Grimberg,

The True, the Good, and the Beautiful: The Chinese Concept of Beauty (mei 美) and the Confucian Tradition


Lisa Indraccolo,

Concepts of "Evolution" (tong 通) and "Revolution" (bian 變) in Early Chinese Thought

Global Concepts III


Craig Schamel

Toward a Post-Political Social


Norbert Götz,

The Age of Expressive Humanitarianism: Conceptual Foundations


Corentin Sire,

(De-)politicising, Temporalising, and Globalising Otherness: A Conceptual History of Terrorism


Ruth Ennis,

A Conceptual History of Human Trafficking at Its Modern European Origin

The Grand Duchy of Finland as Political Space: A Conceptual History


Ilkka Liikanen,

The Grand Duchy of Finland as Political Space: A Conceptual History


Jussi Kurunmäki,

Uncovering the Hidden Conceptual History of Political Representation in Nineteenth-century Finland


Natalia Potapova,

"The Grand Duchy of Finland" in Russian Official Discourse, 1809–1860th

Emotion Concepts V


Yury Kagarlitskiy,

Anger and Courage: The Emotion and the Virtue in Historical Perspective


Hugo Ricardo Merlo,

Saudade, Nostalgia, and Melancholia: Affections of Absence in the Brazilian Essayistic Tradition of the Early 20th Century


Juozapas Paškauskas,

Which Sounds and Sights of Modernity Workers in the Late Tsarist Empire Felt?


Ariadna Islas,

Laughing Purifies Concepts: Democracy and Republic Concepts in Political Cartoons In Uruguay in the Middle XIX Century

Conceptual History, Theory II


Firat Haciahmetoglu,

The Inclusivity and the Concept of Lifeworld


Helmuth Steil,

History of Concepts and Modern Linguistics


Taynna Marino,

On the Possibilities of Historical Empathy for Historiography


Zoltan Simon,

The Desynchronization of Political and Technological Time

Conceptual Peripheries: Adaptation Strategies


Adam Kożuchowski,

Bourgeoisie: A Stranger in the Social Hierarchy


Marcin Jarząbek,

Nothing More Global than National Heritage: The Politicization of the Past


Kamil Śmiechowski,

Self-government or self-management: Some Troubles of Conceptualizing the Municipality in the Early 20th-century Polish Political Discourse


Tomáš Pavlíček, Comments

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