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Introduction to Conceptual History

Organiser:

Centre for Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki, Concepta: International Research School in Conceptual History and Political Thought and
Standing group on Political Concepts in the European Consortium of Political Research

 

 

Dates:

7.8.-23.8.2018

Prices:

900-1490 EUR Learn more

Credits:

6 ECTS

Coordinator:

Jani Marjanen & Johan Strang

Target students

Finnish and international PhD and advanced Master’s degree students from various academic fields.

Synopsis

Introduction to Conceptual History is a critical journey into the key concepts used in politics and other activities. As such, it will engage and encourage the course members in the use of analytic concepts employed in the social sciences and the humanities. An international team of distinguished scholars and visiting lecturers will discuss methods and practices of conceptual history, and the study of political concepts as a style of theorising about and analysing political and social practices.

The goal of conceptual history is to understand the ways in which concepts and ideas are operationalised in political and social life through the study of their migration, translation, reinterpretation and diffusion through time and space (from the local to the global). Conceptual analysis involves the examination of the larger semantic, discursive, ideological and rhetorical settings in which concepts acquire meaning. It requires familiarity with a variety of approaches to discourse, ideology and rhetoric. These concepts are communicated verbally, in print and through other media.

The course will introduce the main aspects of the theory and methodology of conceptual analysis by discussing the work of scholars such as Reinhart Koselleck, Quentin Skinner, J. G. A. Pocock, Michel Foucault, Pierre Rosanvallon and Dipesh Chakrabarty. Students will be encouraged to use these as tools in their own research projects. Special emphasis is placed on examples of conceptual change, which underlines the inherently contested character of concepts in use. In addition, trends in current scholarship will be explored through case studies presented by course members as well by as invited guests.

The course will be conducted via lectures, discussions and work-in-progress sessions. It welcomes PhD and advanced Master’s degree students from a range of academic disciplines.

Learning objectives

The objective is to enable the students to use the methods of conceptual history in their own research.

Course format and teaching methods

The course seeks to support the students’ thesis word by offering relevant lectures, discussions on course readings and workshops on the participants’ texts.

Means and criteria of assessment

If students submit the required assignments, read the provided texts and participate in the teaching, they will pass the course.

Teachers and lecturers

Professor Martin Burke, The City University of New York

Postdoc researcher Jani Marjanen, University of Helsinki

Associate Professor Niklas Olsen, University of Copenhagen

Postdoc Sami Syrjämäki, University of Helsinki

Professor Margrit Pernau, Max Planck Institute for Human Development

Professor Jan Ifversen, Aarhus University

Dean Evgeny Roshchin, Ranepa University, St. Petersburg

Associate Professor Johan Strang, University of Helsinki

Professor Kari Palonen, University of Jyväskylä

Associate professor Anthoula Malkopoulou, University of Uppsala

Postdoc researcher Taru Haapala, University of Jyväskylä

Postdoc researcher Hanna-Mari Kivistö, University of Jyväskylä

Postdoc Ainur Elmgren, University of Helsinki

Professor Helge Jordheim, Oslo University

Postdoc researcher Sinai Rusinek, University of Haifa

Professor Niilo Kauppi, University of Jyväskylä

Course Schedule

Location: City Centre Campus

 

Monday 6.8.2018 Registration begins

Tuesday 7.8.2018 Registration continues, HSS Opening Ceremony

Wednesday 8.8.2018 Courses begin

 

Preliminary Course Schedule (pdf)