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Thursday, April 7

Plenary Sessions (Venue: Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut)


FMI Foyer



Auditorium B

Opening Remarks

Martin Burke, Sebastian Conrad, Margrit Pernau


Auditorium B

Plenary Session I

Dilip Menon, Keynote: Clanging Theory: Transhemispheric conversations


FMI Foyer



Auditorium B

Plenary Session II

Lisa Mitchell, Keynote: Engineering Hope: Social Experimentation and Future-Oriented Lexicons of the Scientific Political in the Non-Aligned Global South


Lunch   |   HCG Board Meeting


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

Crisis (Room A127)


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’


Chair: Florian Zemmin

Constitutions and Parliaments in Eurasian Empires, 1890s–1910s: Vernacular Concepts and Practices in a Global Context (Room A163)


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


Chair: Daniel Kolland

Times of Playing – Playing with Times: Perspectives on the History of a Contingent Concept (Room A336)


Kari Palonen,

The Spiel Language of Politics in the Debates of German Bundestag


Rieke Trimçev,

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


Discussant: Helge Jordheim

Temporalization and its Consequences in Modern China (Room A124)


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 (Room A121)


Joris van Eijnatten, Edo Storm,

The Use of Emotional Concepts in Dutch Parliamentary Debate Between 1814 and 2018: a ‘Digital History’ Approach


Jani Marjanen,

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


Ruben Ros,

Foreign Worlds. A Computational Analysis of the Semantics of Global Space in Dutch Newspapers (1815–1914)


Chair: Silke Schwandt


FMI Foyer



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

Socialism and Anarchism I

(Room A163)


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


Chair: Martin Burke

Nomadic Concepts of Time (Room A127)


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


Discussant: Camilo Corredor Collazos

Round table

Beyond Concepts: Identifying Comparison Performing Sentences in Big Corpora (Room A121)


Silke Schwandt/

Michael Götzelmann/

Olga Sabelfeld

Economic Concepts (Room A124)


Isabella Consolati,
Conceptual History and the
Concept of Capitalism

Samuel Hayat,
Revolutionising Work: How Labour became a Revolutionary Concept
in France

Leonie Wolters,
The Consultant as Intellectual

Discussant: Jan Ifversen


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

Concepts in Eastern Europe

(Room A163)


Veera Laine,

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


Juhan Saharov,

From “Future Scenarios” to “Sovereignity Declarations”: Conceptual Revolution and the Breakup of the Soviet Union


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


Chair: Wiktor Marzec

Synchronization and Desynchronization (Room A127)


Helge Jordheim,

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


Henning Trüper,

Moral Synchronization: On Humanitarianism as Temporalization


Zoltán Boldizsár Simon,

The Desynchronization of Political and Technological Time


Discussant: Rieke Trimçev

Emotion Concepts I (Room A121)


Eugenia Roldan Vera,

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


Nil Tekgül,

“Rıza and Şükran” as a Concept Defining Intracommunal Relations in the Early Modern Ottoman Society


Christiane Czygan,

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


Discussant: Margrit Pernau

Citizens and Disruption (Room A124)


Ainur Elmgren,

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


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


Christian Jacobs,
The Intercultural society. How French postmigrant authors used the concept of culture to develop a new political utopia in the 1980s


Discussant: Martin Hamre

Concepts in the Islamic World

(Room A125)


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


Discussant: Florian Zemmin


Room A121

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 (Room A163)


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


Alireza Shams Lahijani,

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


Discussant: Alp Eren Topal, Florian Zemmin

Visual Culture and Conceptual History Beyond Text I (Room A125)


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

(Room A127)


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, Anne Heyer,

The professionalisation of politicians, 1860–1920)


Rosario López,

Politicians of principle


Discussant: Willibald Steinmetz

Emotion Concepts II (Room A124)


Farha Noor,

Otium, Emotions, and the Self: Literary Concepts in Rabindranath Tagore’s Reflective Prose


Anthony Ellis,

Cross-cultural Visions of Jealousy


Discussant: Jani Marjanen


FMI Foyer



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

Subversive Concepts in
Revolutionary Times I: Revolution
and Conceptual Change (Room A163)

Chair: Piotr Kuligowski

Jakub Kowalewski,
Killing the Leviathan; Anarchist
Illegality as a Spatiotemporal

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

Discussant: Rosario López

Subversive Concepts in Revolutionary Times II (Room A127)


Risto Turunen,

Network Approach to the History of Concepts: The Case of Finnish Socialism, 1895–1917


Dennis Dierks,

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


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


Chair: Jan Ifversen

Concepts of Geography and Environment (Room A121)


Erik Isberg,

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


Jaakko Heiskanen,

Between Concept and Metaphor: The Case of the Nomad


Patricia Aranha,

Amazonia and Patagonia, sertão and desierto: Key-concepts to the Entanglement between European and South American Historiographies


Meena Krishnendra,

Indo-Pacific: The Construct and Its Geographic Validity


Chair: Helge Jordheim

Studying Citizen Categories and Renewing Conceptual History

(Room A124)


Niklas Olsen,

How to study Citizen Categories of the Welfare State


Heidi Vad Jønsson,

The Migrant


Jesper Vestermark Køber,

The Democratic Citizen


Discussant: Johan Strang

Visual Culture and Conceptual History Beyond Text II (Room A125)


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)

Book Presentation (Room A163)


Victor Neumann, The Temptation of Homo Europaeus


Victor Neumann,



Discussants: Hans Erich Bödecker, Neil Titman

Global Concepts I (Room A121)


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

(Room A124)


Piotr Kuligowski,

Ism Concepts within French and Polish Early Socialist Discourse


Martina Garategaray,

Social Democracy in Latin America (1976-1991)


Gaard Kets,

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


Discussant: Pascale Siegrist

Global Concepts II (Room A125)


Benjamin Martin,

International Ideas at UNESCO: Digital Approaches for Global Conceptual History


Shrikanth B.R.,
Debating Modernity in the '90s


Hizky Shoham,

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


Discussant: Irit Kornblit

Conceptual History, Theory I

(Room A127)


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


Kristin Platt,

Keep Going: Territorialized and Deterritorialized Temporality in the 1920s


Marcelo Durão Rodrigues da Cunha,

A South-oriented Approach to Metahistorical Concepts of Historiography: Some Possibilities Emerging from the Latin-American Case


Discussant: Willibald Steinmetz


FMI Foyer

Coffee Break & Go to Harnack House


Plenary Sessions (Venue: Harnack House)


Harnack House

Plenary Session III

Einar Wigen, Keynote: Concepts and the Emotion of Belatedness

Chair: Florian Zemmin



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



Reception sponsored by the Finnish Institute and the Global Intellectual History unit at FU Berlin


Saturday, April 9


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

Basic Concepts of the Twentieth Century II (Room A163)


Falko Schmieder,

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


Benjamin Thomas,

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


Christian Hoekema,

Entropy & Modernity: on the Multiple Layers of a Grundbegriff


Discussant: Martin Burke

Changing Narrations/Narrating Changes: Memory, Time, History and the Nation (Room A127)


Julian Gonzalez De Leon Heiblum,

From Loss to Oblivion: Remembering the Empire of Arthur


Topi Houni,

Imagining a (Re-)unified Nation


Mehmet Dosemeci,

The Coming Rupture


Idan Liav,

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


Discussant: Helge Jordheim

Emotion Concepts III (Room A124)


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


Elżbieta Kwiecińska,

Between a Pity and a Fear: The Concept of the ‘Civilizing Mission’ as Cultural Transfer in East-Central Europe, 1815–1919



Discussant: Margrit Pernau


FMI Foyer



Auditorium B

HCG Business Meeting




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


Global Concepts III (Room A124)


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


Daniel Barragán,

Third-Worldism and Modernity: Semantics of a Global Concept in Latin America, 1974–1986


Chair: Irit Kornblit

The Grand Duchy of Finland as Political Space: A Conceptual History (Room A320)


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


Discussant: Martin Burke

Emotion Concepts IV (Room A125)


Hugo Ricardo Merlo,

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


Juozapas Paškauskas,

Sight & Sound: Workers’ Experiences of Modernity in the Late Tsarist Empire


Ariadna Islas,

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


Chair: Jani Marjanen

Conceptual History, Theory II

(Room A163)


Blake Ewing,
Politics in Planetary Times

Helmuth Steil,
History of Concepts and Modern


Taynna Marino,

On the Possibilities of Historical Empathy for Historiography


Discussant: Helge Jordheim

Conceptual Peripheries: Adaptation Strategies (Room A121)


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


Discussant: Tomáš Pavlíček

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