Place and Displacement: The Spacing of History

    Stockholm, Sweden

    rd INTH Network Conference: “Place and Displacement: The Spacing of History”

    Call for Papers [CLOSED]
    The International Network for Theory of History (INTH) is happy to announce that its third network conference will take place in Stockholm from August 20th-22nd, 2018, at Södertörn University. The goal of the conference is to gather theorists and philosophers of history from around the world and to offer a forum for scholars to exchange ideas, questions and resources.

    Recent years have seen a tragic combination of increasing levels of forced migration and a rise of isolationist nationalist and religious identity politics. The 3rd INTH conference will address these issues through the overarching theme of place and displacement and the shaping of the spaces of history and memory.

    History is often used to claim the specific identity of places, delimit or contest certain territories, and undergird politics of spatial in- and exclusion. Spatial politics also tend to orient how and from what perspective the past is represented. Migration and spatial dislocation can profoundly change the way people relate to history and memory. The politics and historicity of space is an emerging domain where theory of history, history and philosophy, critical cultural geography, political science, urban and memory studies come together to explore a common territory. Ultimately, it motivates a critical examination of the fields of knowledge production and transmission: To what extent are particular histories and philosophies of history not only place-based but also place-bound in their truth-claims? How can we capture the transnational interconnectedness and place-making dynamics of histories from migrating, multidirectional memories? And which kinds of history writing and history education are best equipped to respond to the challenges of global migration and multicultural societies? To what extent do histories not just ‘take place’ but also always ‘make place’ by changing these places and the way they are experienced?

    The main focus of this conference is on place and displacement and its relevance for the theory of history. But as in the previous meetings of the INTH, we also welcome papers on other relevant topics in the field of Philosophy and Theory of History, including (but not necessarily limited to):

    ● Conceptual history
    ● Ethics of history
    ● Experience/presence
    ● Hermeneutics
    ● Historical (in)justice
    ● Historical time
    ● History and mourning/trauma
    ● History as science (causation, explanation, lawfulness ...)
    ● Narrativism
    ● Politics of history and memory
    ● Public/popular history
    ● Substantive/speculative philosophy of history
    ● The history of historiography
    ● The relations between history and other academic fields

    Through the collaboration with the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), there will also be special panels devoted to topics in the Theory of history with connection to Eastern Europe and Russia.

    Confirmed speakers
    Joan W. Scott
    Jeff Malpas
    Victoria Collis-Buthelezi
    Jo Guldi
    Marek Tamm
    Susanne Rau
    Michael Rothberg
    Yasemin Yildiz

    Practical information
    Those interested in taking part in the conference are asked to send in abstracts of 300-500 words either in docx or pdf format to, by January 15th, 2018. Please name your file following this structure: Surname_Title of the abstract

    We will consider both proposals for panel sessions and individual papers. Panel proposals should preferably include a commentator and a chair. Please send the overall panel proposal and individual papers in the same application (all following the 300-500 words limit per paper).
    Please visit the conference website for further information.

    The local organizing committee is led by Prof. Hans Ruin, and the conference secretary is Gustav Strandberg, PhD. Please use the conference email address for all correspondence. The meeting is made possible with generous support from and collaboration with CBEES and the Baltic Sea Foundation.

    Södertörn University

    Södertörn University is located in the suburb of Flemingsberg, in the southern parts of Stockholm. You can reach the university by way of commuter trains (“Pendeltåg”) that will take you to Flemingsberg station. From there it is only a five minute walk to the university. The commuter trains depart every ten minutes from the Central Station (“Centralstationen”), as well as from the Southern Station (“Stockholm Södra”). The train ride to the university takes approximately 15 minutes.


    There are two airports in Stockholm. The first one, which is also the international airport of the city, is called Arlanda Airport. The second is called Bromma Airport. This airport is smaller and is mainly used for domestic flights, although there is also some international traffic to the airport (mainly shorter European flights). Both of the airports are located approximately 30 minutes from the city center. From Arlanda you can either reach the city by bus (40 minutes) or by fast train (20 minutes) and from Bromma you can reach the city by bus (30 minutes).

    There is also a third airport called Skavsta Airport. Even though it is located approximately 90 minutes from Stockholm (by bus), it is usually listed as an airport in Stockholm as well. Skavsta is mainly used by low-cost airlines (such as Ryanair).


    In order to facilitate your travel arrangements we have secured a discount for all conference speakers at the following hotels (please note, however, that we have not made any room reservations, which means that it is a “first come, first served” arrangement):

    Medium price range:


    • Elite Hotel Adlon

    This four star hotel is located in the city centre of Stockholm and close to the Central Station, where you will arrive, either by bus or by fast train from the airport. From the Central Station you can also cath the commuter train that will take you to Södertörn University. For reservations, contact the hotel by phone (004684000466) or by email ( In order to receive the INTH discount (which gives you a 15% discount of the original price), please state the code: 4682358. For more information about the hotel, see:


    • Scandic Norra Bantorget

    This four star hotel is also located in the city centre of Stockholm and approximately six blocks from the Central Station. For reservations, contact the hotel by phone (0046851751700, or visit: In order to receive the INTH discount (which gives you a 10% discount of the original price), please state the code: INTH


    Low to medium price range


    • Connect Hotel Stockholm

    This hotel is located in Älvsjö, a suburb in the southern part of the city. It is located close to Älvsjö railway station, from where you can catch the commuter train to Södertörn University (from Älvsjö station it takes 10 minutes by train to reach the university). The hotel offers a variety of different rooms in a moderate price range. Only online reservations are available, see: In order to receive the INTH discount (which gives you a 10% discount of the original price), please state the code: TACK

    Södertörn University has an urban and multicultural campus that is characterised by a strong belief in the ability to think freely and critically, and the desire to produce new knowledge and contemporary innovation. Research and education take place in close cooperation between academia and the surrounding society. Despite being a young university, we have carved a niche as a forward thinking establishment that looks to both the East and the West, opening up the world and all its possibilities for our graduates. You are welcome to contact us by calling or emailing. Information about us is available on our website and our social media.