ECPR General Conference Glasgow, 3-6 September 2014
Panel “Conceptual History in International Relations”;
Section “Key Concepts in Political Science: Fields, Issues and Arenas of their Change”
Chair: Dr Evgeny Roshchin, University of Jyväskylä
In Glasgow we shall develop the theme of the panel on conceptual change and conceptual history in International Relations held during the 7th ECPR General conference in Bordeaux last year. As such, the panel will seek to establish a forum for scholars employing a variety of approaches to the study of history of concepts within the fields of International Relations and International Political Thought. Inspired by the recent works of D. Armitage, E. Keene, B. Jahn, D. Bell and many others, the panel welcomes paper proposals engaging with and utilizing the emerging literature on international political thought. However, the panel encourages proposals going beyond the canons of classical thought and drawing on public, diplomatic, legal and other sources of conceptual formation.
More specifically, proposals should focus on the innovative uses of concepts in the debates taking place at various diplomatic congresses, parliamentarian and quasi-parliamentarian fora and the pages of popular magazines. Thus, the innovating ideologists in spotlight are diplomats, political activists, journalists and other actors. The panel will primarily be looking at the 19th century developments related to the rise of the international, but scholars focusing on other periods are also encouraged to apply. As before, the panel will mainly be interested in issues of conceptual change and innovation as well as in intriguing conceptual continuities.
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