Helsinki Summer School will organise and host an intensive introductory course in conceptual history in Helsinki 7-23 August 2007. Conceptual history provides a fresh approach to the analysis of key historical and political concepts by using linguistically orientated methods informed by those advocated by Reinhart Koselleck and Quentin Skinner. It is concerned with the migration, reception, translation, diffusion and employment of concepts and ideas in both time and space.
A group of internationally distinguished scholars will provide participants with the means to re-examine common concepts in the humanities and social sciences from new perspectives. The emphasis of the course is two-fold. First, it will introduce the general premises and practices of conceptual history, thereby enabling participants to use these methods in their own subsequent research. Second, it will explore contemporary trends in conceptual history by means of case studies. The course will be conducted through a series of lectures, seminar and workshops.
The course is suitable for Ph.D. and advanced M.A. students from various academic backgrounds. Nevertheless, an interest in the humanities and political thought is an advantage. Participants are encouraged to contact the organisers if they would like to present their own work-in-progress in conceptual history and related fields in the workshops.
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