Call for papers - 20th International Conference on Conceptual History

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Call for Papers
April 15, 2017
Subject Fields: 
History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Intellectual History, Cultural History / Studies, Political History / Studies, World History / Studies

Deadline for abstracts April 15, 2017.

The 20th International Conference on Conceptual History will be hosted at the University of Oslo September 21-23, 2017.

Concepts in the World: Politics, Knowledge, and Time

As the annual International Conference on Conceptual History celebrates its twentieth anniversary, conceptual history is gaining ground in an ever-increasing number of fields, disciplines and parts of the world. The number of scholars identifying with some version of conceptual history is increasing, as is the breadth of topics, theories, and approaches. This conference aims to reflect that diversity.

Few other approaches are as conducive to dialogues across disciplinary borders, and we want to use this occasion to invite in all those who center their inquiry on social, historical, political and scientific concepts and their history. Our ambition is that this conference shall be both a meeting-place for all those working on conceptual history, regardless of approach or topic, while also trying to expand the field by soliciting proposals on three specific, although broad themes:

1. Concepts in the World

2. Conceptual history as history of knowledge

3. The Multiple Times of Concepts and Histories

Follow link for a more indepth discussion on the conference topic as well as more information on the different themes here.

Proposals for individual papers should be no longer than 400 words, and proposals for panels should not exceed 800 words. Short bios of the speakers should be added (maximum 100 words). Panels at the conference will last two hours. There should be no more than four papers and a discussant/chair per panel.

Please send your proposals to

The deadline for sending in proposals is 15 April 2017.

Authors will be notified of paper acceptance or non-acceptance at latest the 15 May.

For registration and more information on the conference in general here.

Contact Info: 


Synchronizing the World project

Department of Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS)

University of Oslo

P.A. Munchs hus, Niels Henrik Abels vei 36, 0371 OSLO, Norway


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