Conference Programme

Programme HCG 2023
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Thursday, September 28th


Venue: University of Warsaw, ul. Dobra 55, 00-312 Warszawa


08:00 AM–09:00 AM

09:00 AM–10:30 AM

Assembly Hall No. 0.410


Conference opening by Aneta Gawkowska, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences and Resocialization, University of Warsaw


What is in the Name: Debates over Ukraine and Ukrainians

Lecture by Yaroslav Hrytsak

10:30 AM–12:30 PM

Session I (Venue: University of Warsaw, ul. Dobra 55, 00-312 Warszawa)


Power Bids Over Space (Room No. 2.014), chair: Tomasz Zarycki

Elżbieta Kwiecińska, Polish scheme of Rus’ history”. The idea of continuing Rus’ in Polish 19th-century historiography
Galina Durinova van der Hallen, Contesting the concepts of space in Eurasian region: M. Czaplicka’s “Siberian peoprle’s land”
vs Siberian terra nullius in Russian Imperial Ethnography
Adam Dargiewicz, Mapping “Bulwark(s) of Europe”: Polish, German and British Visions of Imagined Borderlands (1815-1871)


Concepts in Science Studies (Room No. 3.017), chair: Blake Ewing

Jeroen Hopster, Conceptual Gaps, Overlaps, and Misalignments: New Concepts for Analyzing Conceptual Change
Sylwia Borowska-Kazimiruk, From Wundt’s Blickfeld to Heinrich’s stereoscopy. The concept of visual perception in experimental
psychology at the turn of the 20th century
Nicola Bertoldi, Eugenics across time and space: a conceptual-historical sketch
Tomáš W. Pavlíček,  Tomasz Ogórek, Asymmetries in Circulation of Knowledge after 1945. Oral History Analysis of Mathematical Concepts


Concepts in Art and Education (Room No. 3.018), chair Kirill Postoutenko

Hugo Merlo, Lack, excess and the centrality of the other: historical imagination in Brazilian avant-gardist modernism
Jorge Omar Mora Rodríguez, From Instruction to Education. Political Projects and Conceptual Displacements in 19th Century Mexico.
Elina Hakoniemi, Education for the society – education by the society: The conceptual history of “the society” within the Finnish social democratic educational reform policies in 1930s–1960s
Klara Müller, Unravelling a Quality Dissonance: Tracing Research Quality in Policy Discussions on the Humanities


Two Brothers: Progress and Crisis (Room No. 3.019): chair Willibald Steinmetz

Walderez Ramalho, “Crisis” as a historicizing concept
Ahmed Nuri, The Concept of the Tragic and its Uses in Relation to That of Crisis in Turkish Literary and Intellectual History
Karolina Kluczewska, Visualising peshraft: what development means in post-Soviet Tajikistan
Weronika Adamska, The concept of the state of emergency in France (2001-2022): Discursive success, conceptual inflation and reflexivity


12:30 PM–01:30 PM

Lunch break

01:30 PM–03:30 PM

Session II (Venue: University of Warsaw, ul. Dobra 55, 00-312 Warszawa)


Politics and Poetics of Regions (Room No. 2.014): chair: Rodrigo Bonaldo

Maciej Górny, Culture through war and space: International manifestations of the Kulturboden-theory

Alesson Rota, The Senses of America in the First Decades of the 20th Century: A Case Study Based on Digital Methods and Collections
Aleksandra Tobiasz, From geopolitics and regional identity to geopoetics and self-identification – a trajectory of conceptualization
of Central Europe?
Monika Orechova, That Other Europe: the concept of Central and Eastern Europe in international education scholarship
from 1990 to 2000


Parliaments as communicative spaces in 20th century conceptual history (Room No. 3.017): chair: Piotr Kuligowski
Kristoffer Klammer, Authority’ in 20th Century German Parliamentary Debates: On Semantic Change and Pragmatic Uses
of a Basic Concept
Olga Sabelfeld,  Conceptualizing post-war societies: spatial comparisons in West German and British parliamentary debates
in the 1940s-50s
Stefan Scholl, Adjectives of political positioning: the use of ‘undemocratic’, ‘antidemocratic’ and ‘not democratic’ in 20th century
German parliamentary debates
Simon Specht, Mapping the concept of ‘progress’ in German parliamentary debates, between expectation and mission (1919-1990s)


Discussions on democracy, common good, and social cohesion in the 1930s Baltic Sea region (Room No. 3.018),

chair: Wiktor Marzec
Topi Houni, Economic council in interwar Finland. Interests, expertise, democracy, and the public interest
Kārlis Sils, Integrating the Working Class into the Nation: Conceptualisations of the Nationalist Worker in Authoritarian Latvia,
Liisi Veski, In search of a third way: “social solidarity” in 1930s authoritarian Estonia and its various ideological functions
Discussant: Jussi Kurunmäki


Liberalism and Democracy (Room No. 3.019), chair: Christian Jacobs
Mattias Warg, „Liberal” ideas early 19th century Sweden: A conceptual perspective
Krystof Dolezal, Transmission and Diffusion of Christian Democratic Ideology in Postwar Czechoslovakia (1945-1948): The Concept of
Christian Europeanism
Hugo Bonin, A ‘crisis of confidence that strikes all liberal democracies’: British and French MPs and ‘liberal democracy’, 1990-2010s
Tomasz Zarycki, Changing meanings of liberalism in Poland

03:45 PM–05:30 PM

Session III (Venue: University of Warsaw, ul. Dobra 55, 00-312 Warszawa)


Looking at History: Sattlezeit, Distance and the Modern Worldview (Room No. 2.014), chair: Felipe Ziotti Narita
Bowen Ran, Historical Distance as Narrative Emplotment and Its Political Implication
Todd Weir, Culture Wars and Modern Worldviews: A Transnational Conceptual History
Rodrigo Bonaldo, Machine Sattelzeit: Ai’s Semantics and the Global Communities of a More-Than-Human Planetary History


Conceptual histories of Prefixes and Suffixes (Room No. 3.017), chair: Hugo Bonin
Jussi Kurunmäki, Jani Marjanen, Ideology, Isms and Democracy
Radoslaw Szymanski, Self-love and political economy: from Swiss moral theory to a project of political reform for Poland-Lithuania
Juhan Saharov, From self-regulation to self-management: Towards comparative history of self concepts in the European space


Big Key Concepts (Room No. 3.018), chair: Michael Freeden
Hossein Naeim-Abadi, From Innate Knowledge (al-Ma’rifat al-Iḍṭirārīyah) To Acquired Knowledge: Historical Agency
Of A Conceptual Change
Christian Jacobs, Feminist, Postmigrant, and Radical Right Concepts of Culture in France and Beyond, 1968-1984

Antonina Januszkiewicz, A contribution to the decolonial critique of the concept of the state


Economy and Globalization (Room No. 3.019), chair: Ilkka Kärrylä
Heikki Mikkonen, Conceptualizing Economic Growth in Early 20th Century Finland
Zizhu Wang, The Missing Conceptual History of “International”: Under a Legal-Political Context during Late-Modern Europe
Sean Irving, Kenneth Minogue, the Concept of Competitiveness and the Anglosphere

05:30 PM–06:00 PM

Walk to DHI takes around 20 min from ul. Dobra 55


Venue: German Historical Institute Warsaw, Pałac Karnickich, Aleje Ujazdowskie 39, 00-540 Warszawa


06:00 PM–06:15 PM

Greetings from the director of the German Historical Institute, Miloš Řezník
Short presentation of the European Conceptual History book series, Willibald Steinmetz

06:15 PM–07:45 PM

BEYOND ‘HELLENES’ AND ‘BARBARIANS’ Asymmetrical Concepts in European Discourse

Kirill Postoutenko, Michael Freeden, Magdalena Nowicka-Franczak, Falko Schmieder,

chair: Wiktor Marzec
book launch for a new volume in the Berghahn European Conceptual Histories series

07:45 PM

Banquet at the DHI


Friday, September 29th


Venue: University of Warsaw, ul. Dobra 55, 00-312 Warszawa


09:00 AM–10:30 AM

Assembly hall No. 0.410

A Genealogy of “Cosmopolitics”; Arrangements of Nature, Science, Society
Lecture by John Tresch


10:30 AM–12:30 PM

Session IV (Venue: University of Warsaw, ul. Dobra 55, 00-312 Warszawa)


Minorities and Diversity Accomodation (Room No. 2.014), chair: Magdalena Nowicka-Franczak
Wael Abu-’Uksa, Three Concepts of Tolerance in 19th Century Arabic
Rangga Eka Saputra, Enjoyed life in the host lands: Hadhrami-Arab diaspora and socio-economic adaptation
in post-independence Singapore, c. 1967-1998
Lidia Zessin-Jurek, Refugees to Eastern Europe: a lost concept? (the Polish case)
Francesca Freeman, Manipulating the Righteous: Uses and Abuses of the Concept of the ‘Altruistic Rescuer’


Parliaments and representation in postimperial Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Room No. 3.017), chair: Wilibald Steinmetz
Wiktor Marzec, Patchwork Parliament in a Post-Imperial State: Legislative Imaginations and Constitutional Practice
in the Second Polish Republic
Jure Gašparič, Constitutional Debate in the Yugoslav Kingdom and its European Context, 1920–1921
Adéla Gjuričová, Repairing Czechoslovak Parliamentarism: A Few Remarks on Some Invisible Continuities
Ivan Sablin, Reluctant Parliamentarism: Conceptual Debates around the Perestroika Legislature in the USSR, 1988–1991


Metaphysics of Cooperation. Edward Abramowski and Socialism on the Shores of Modern Europe (Room No. 3.018),

chair: Piotr Kuligowski
Bartłomiej Błesznowski, Experimental Utopia. Fraternity as a Core Concept in Edward Abramowski’s “Applied Social Science”
Barbara Brzezicka, “Swoboda” - a forgotten concept of freedom and its philosophical potential in Edward Abramowski’s writings
Cezary Rudnicki, Peripheral Perspectives on Ethics of Work. Lafargue and Abramowski on Right to be Lazy

Filip Karol Leszczyński, Edward Abramowski – a divided legacy of a public intellectual


Theory of Conceptual History (Room No. 3.019), chair Ewa Domańska
Jani Marjanen, Antti Kanner, What are concepts in conceptual history? Revisiting Koselleck through theories of semantic relations
Timo Pankakoski, Can Conceptual History be Extended to Metaphors?
Zoltán Boldizsár Simon, Connective Concepts
Jaakko Heiskanen, Signatures of Concepts: Koselleck meets Agamben and Derrida

12:30 PM–01:30 PM

Lunch break


01:30 PM–03:30 PM

Session V (Venue: University of Warsaw, ul. Dobra 55, 00-312 Warszawa)


State, Self-Determination, and ‘Gypsiness’: Multiscalar Conceptual Histories of Modern Habsburg and Post-Habsburg Central Europe (Room No. 2.014), chair: Tibor Bodnár-Király
Cody James Inglis, What Was ‘the State’ in Habsburg and post-Habsburg Central Europe? On the Varieties of the Concept, 1848–1948
Anna Adorjáni, Self-Determination. Everyday and Official Interpretations in Hungary During the Dissolution of the Dual Monarchy
Vita Zalar, Gypsiness in Habsburg and Post-Habsburg Governmentalities: A Materialist Reading


The Politics of Inter- and Supranational Parliamentary Institutions: Conceptual Historical Perspectives (Room No. 3.017),

chair: Martin Burke
Pasi Ihalainen, The Inter-Parliamentary Union as the transnational nexus for discourses on ‘the crisis of parliamentarism’
and ‘parliamentary’ and ‘representative democracy’, 1925-1937
Anna Kronlund, Parliamentary dimension in international affairs: the case study of the United Nations member countries
Kari Palonen, “The European Parliament”: On the politics of naming
Discussant: Anna Björk


Political Cleavages (Room No. 3.018), chair: Falko Schmieder
Hugo Drochon, Centre/Extremes as an Asymmetric Counter-Concept
Juan Salazar Rebolledo, Rethinking the 1960s Latin American New Left through the Lens of Cultural Resistance
Laura Álvarez Garro, Fascism and totalitarism as expressions of the moralization of politics


What About the Planetary Climate Apocalypse? (Room No. 3.019), chair: Dieter Haselbach
Mats Andren, World responsibility in Europe: considerations on the atomic threat in the 1950s
Patricia Aranha, Amazonia in the context of the geographical conceptualization of the Ibero-American World

Blake Ewing, The spatial-temporal politics of landscape conservation
Jakub Kowalewski, The Concept(s) of Climate Apocalypse: Time, Space, and Politics

03:30 PM–04:00 PM

Walk to Manteuffel Institute takes around 20 minutes from ul. Dobra 55


Venue: Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Rynek Starego Miasta 29/31, 00-272 Warszawa
(Joachim Lelewel Room)


04:00 PM–04:20 PM


History of the socio-political concepts in Poland: state of the art and prospects
Lecture by Adam Kożuchowski

04:20PM–04:30 PM

Book Presentation for The Lexicon of Migrating Ideas in the Slavic Balkans, 18th-21th Centuries (vol. 1-10)
by Ewa Wróblewska-Trochimiuk


04:30 PM–05:15 PM

Podium Discussion: Modern Humanities and the Question of Scientific PrejudicesGrażyna Szwat-Gyłybow, Ewa Domańska, Ewelina Drzewiecka, Raymond Detrez,

chair: Ewa Wróblewska-Trochimiuk


05:30 PM–07:00 PM

Podium Discussion: Conceptual Change in Interface Regions
Maciej Janowski, Maria Falina, Jana Tsoneva, Felipe Zotti Narita,

chair: Piotr Kuligowski


Optional: 08:30 PM

drinks at Pardon, To Tu

(there is a kitchen there but no food or beverages provided by the organizers)

address: Pardon, To Tu, Aleja Armii Ludowej 14, 00-637 Warszawa (entrance from ul. Podoskich)


Saturday, September 30th

09:00 AM–11:00 AM

Session VI (Venue: University of Warsaw, ul. Dobra 55, 00-312 Warszawa)


Alpine Exceptionalism? Studying the conceptual history of direct democratic instruments through the French, German and Swiss lenses (Room No. 2.014), chair: Christian Jacobs
François Robinet, ‘An “helvetic moment”: direct democracy and populism in France, United States of America and Spain by the End of the 19th Century’
Irène Herrmann, Believing to be a role model: the impact of the external view on direct democracy in Switzerland
Zoé Kergomard (presenting), Hugo Bonin, and Pasi Ihalainen: ‘Exportable or exceptional?: Swiss direct democracy in parliamentary
debates in France and Germany, 2000-2019
Commentator: Willibald Steinmetz


Temporality Vectors (Room No. 3.017), chair: Martin Burke
Piotr Kuligowski, How does time flow after a failed revolution? Novel concepts of time and their transfer from French socialists
to Polish positivists
Risto Turunen, On Past Futures: Mining Political Temporalities from the Finnish Parliament, 1980–2023
Marcos Reguera, From Philosophy of History to Geopolitics: The paradigm shift on the Concept of Manifest Destiny
Michael Götzelmann, Time and Space upside down – Spatiality and Temporality in Futures Past


Nationalism (Room No. 3.018), chair: Elżbieta Kwiecińska
Claudia Snochowska-Gonzalez, Nationalizing relay. Polish women, National Democracy and feeding the body of the nation
Artur Kula, “Polish” treason in the 19th century. A case study of spatial factor of concepts’ agency
Milan Hanyš, ”Ethical Nationalism” between T. G. Masaryk and Prague Zionists


Justification of Neoliberalism (Room No. 3.019), chair: Michael Freeden
Ilkka Kärrylä, Conceptual history of ‘neoliberalism’ in the Nordic countries
Juan Serey, What do we talk about when we talk about “Chilean neoliberalism”?
Johan Strang, Neoliberalisation of Nordic democracy?
Iwona Młoźniak, Discourses on ageing in Poland – neoliberal concepts and policies at work

11:30 AM–01:30 PM

Session VII (Venue: University of Warsaw, ul. Dobra 55, 00-312 Warszawa)


Rethinking Early Socialism, Marxism and Religion in the Ottoman Empire (Room No. 2.014), chair: Wiktor Marzec
Banu Turnaoğlu, Early Socialism and the impact of the Paris Commune on the Ottoman political imagination in the nineteenth century
Y. Doğan Çetinkaya, The Making of Socialist Thought and Movements among Muslims/Turks in the Ottoman Empire and the Knowledge of Marxism (1905-1919)
Emre Erol, Absorbing Socialism: Islam as the “the real and the first Socialism” in writings of M.H. Kidwai


Imposed Epistemologies (Room No. 3.017), chair: Bartłomiej Błesznowski
Michał Pospiszyl, The Eighteenth Century Revolutions and the Birth of the Plebs in the Political Discourse of the Polish-Lithuanian
Adonis Elumbre, Conceptualizing the native: Ethnoracial classifications in the European ethnological imaginaries
of late 19th century Philippines

Dieter Haselbach, Ecological thought in sociology’s formation period: Ferdinand Tönnies as an example
Isabella Consolati, Political Representation Without Concepts: Bruno Latour and The Politics of Technology


Forms of Groupness (Room No. 3.018), chair: Jakub Kowalewski
NS Gundur, Kayaka and Kaya in Medieval South Indian Imagination: The Concept of Body in Allama Prabhu
Ivan Dimitrijevic, Clan: an attempt in conceptual history
Mikołaj Ratajczak, Is there a common history of the rainbow flag?
Jakub Wolak, Beyond „classical republican tradition”. Polish nobles’ Rzeczpospolita and the early modern resemantization of res publica


Conceptual Reverbarations in Political History (Room No. 3.019), chair: Cody James Inglis
Tibor Bodnár-Király, Enlightenment Temporalized: Perfectionism and Social Progress in Eighteenth-Century Habsburg Central Europe
Adam Kozuchowski, An Unfinished Transfer or the Discreet Curse of the Polish Bourgeoisie

Taynna M. Marino, Rethinking Empathy in Animal History: Challenging Anthropocentrism and Anthropomorphism



02:00 PM–03:30 PM

Assembly hall № 0.410

HCG Plenary Meeting

03:30 PM–05:00 PM

Assembly hall № 0.410

Contributions Editorial Meeting

Sunday, October 1st

Optional: Informal Warsaw explorations

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