Concepts in the World: Politics, Knowledge, and Time

The 20th International Conference on Conceptual History

The 20th International Conference on Conceptual History will be hosted at the University of Oslo in September 2017.

Conference registration as well as the program is now up.

The book of abstracts for the conference panels can be found here.

Further information on the conference program will be updated shortly. For dates, call for papers and registration, see below.

The Humanities and Social Sciences Library at Blindern, UiO. Photo: Derivative of Universitetsbiblioteket i Oslo by Kjetil Ree, used under CC BY-SA 3.0 /Text as licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 by Hedda Molland.

During the last two decades the History of Concepts, inspired by German Begriffsgeschichte ​and Cambridge-school intellectual history, has grown into a global scholarly enterprise. Few other approaches are as conducive to dialogues across disciplinary and lingusitic borders. In addition to taking stock of cutting-edge scholarship in the field the year's conference has a threefold focus: on studies of entanglements between cultures and traditions by means of translation and cross-linguistic comparison; furthermore, on how conceptual history is able to identify and analyze the multiple temporalities of human life and history; and, finally,  on the interface between the history of concepts and the history of knowledge by giving attention to concepts used to gain new knowledge, defend old, or make claims to truth and authority. In dealing with these and and other questions, speakers will present new and critical engagements with the Eurocentric, modernist, and historicist biases at work in the project of conceptual history.


Conference registration

Conference program

Book of abstracts

Conference dinner

Call for papers


Keynote speakers:

Frederic C. Schaffer, professor of political science at University of Massachusetts, studies the meaning of democracy, voting and elections with a focus on language, including on Senegal and the bilingual relationship between Wolof and French.

Avner Wishnitzer, cultural historian of Ottoman history at Tel Aviv University recently published the book Reading Clocks Alla Turca: Time and Society in the Late Ottoman Empire. 

Banu Subramaniam, professor of women, gender and sexuality studies at University of Massachusetts, has published both on Orientalism and the history of biology.



September 21: Litteraturhuset, close to the Palace Park and Nationaltheateret.

September 22-23: The Georg Sverdrup building at campus Blindern, UiO.

Directions to the venues here

Published Nov. 26, 2016 12:35 PM - Last modified Oct. 27, 2017 1:15 PM