The motto of the 2014 conference “Communicating Concepts – Conceptualizing Communication” refers to the aim of bringing the history of concepts into closer contact with various strands of communication studies.
Our first objective will be to develop a better understanding of the emergence, the use and the diffusion of political, social, scientific or aesthetic concepts as acts of communication.
A second objective of the conference is to inquire into the ways in which communication itself has been conceptualized – in the humanities and social sciences as well as in fields of activity such as politics, religion, the economy, law, or the arts, to name but a few.
In addition to contributions referring to the conference motto, other topics of general interest to all conceptual historians will be featured at the conference, in particular: the impact of the Digital Humanities on the practice of conceptual history, the intellectual history of Begriffsgeschichte, and the broadening of the epochal outreach of conceptual history into the 20th and 21st century on the one hand, the medieval and ancient periods of history on the other hand.
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