New publications

Being at work. As researchers we aim constantly to refine our craft, work hard, individually and together in order to tackle the challenges and delights of our disciplines. What however happens when the theory of history goes to work?

New publications

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of icon of the field, Hayden White, on the 5th of March 2018.

New publications

The third number of Práticas da História is now available online at This special issue is entitled “The archive and the subaltern”, and was coordinated by Carolien Stolte (Leiden University) and António da Silva Rego (Birkbeck, University of London).

Call for papers

Expeditions: Theory of History and Historiography, semiannual publication of the State University of Goiás – UEG, invites the international academic community to submit, non stop system, unpublished articles on History, History Theory and Historiography for the composition of their next  number expected to be published in August 2017.

Workshop 'The Times of History'

Monday, 20 March, 2017 (All day) to Tuesday, 21 March, 2017 (All day)

The question of historical time(s) is at the core of theoretical debates on history. In fact, it has already played a central role in a large variety of perspectives and has created a point of convergence among the well-established approaches of Whitean narrativism, phenomenology, “end of history” theories, the postmodern “incredulity toward metanarratives,” and the investigations of Koselleck. Yet, what seems to be more important is not that half-a-century old theories converge in their shared implication of questions regarding the temporality of history, but that the question of historical time(s) is also at the forefront in newer approaches. It features equally prominently in Derridean “hauntology,” in theories of presentism as explicated by Hartog or Assmann (claiming that we are living in a time when our sole point of view is that of the present), in the discourse around the notion of “presence” as advocated by Gumbrecht or Runia), and in political theories of the self-identified Left from Ranciere to Mouffe (complaining about the lack of future visions to challenge the status quo).

In 2015 December, Bielefeld already hosted an inspiring workshop entitled Time in History / Time as History. This second installment continues the discussion with a somewhat broader focus that revolves around the more inclusive theme of The Times of History.

The workshop is open for everyone. If you would like to participate, please register by sending an email to Zoltán Boldizsár Simon:

Contact e-mail: 
Zoltán Boldizsár Simon

Issues in Philosophy of Memory

Deadline abstracts: 
Wednesday, 15 March, 2017

Philosophizing about memory is as old as philosophy itself. Despite the long tradition of inquiry, the philosophy of memory was until recently not recognized as an area of research in its own right. In recent years, however, the situation has changed markedly, and an increasing number of philosophers now count themselves as specialists in or active contributors to the philosophy of memory. The philosophy of memory is well on its way to taking form as a distinct, coherent area of research, with a recognized set of problematics and theories.

Possible paper topics include, but are by no means limited to:

  • The Concept of Memory
  • The Metaphysics of Memory
  • Memory, mind, and meaning
  • Memory and the Self
  • Memory and Time
  • The Social Dimension of Memory
  • The Epistemology of Memory
  • Memory and Morality
  • History of Philosophy of Memory

Invited Speakers: Felipe de Brigard (Duke University), Dorothea Debus (University of York), Jorge Fernández (University of Adelaide), Kourken Michaelian (University of Otago), Denis Perrin (Université Grenoble Alpes), Sarah Robins (University of Kansas), Mark Rowlands (University of Miami), John Sutton (Macquarie University), Markus Werning (Ruhr University Bochum)

Please submit abstracts to Sibel Schmidt ([log in to unmask]) by March 15, 2017. Abstracts should be no longer than 600 words. Notification of acceptances will be sent by April 10, 2017. Travel assistance is available for early career scholars. Organizer: Prof. Sven Bernecker, University of Cologne.

3rd CFP: Issues in Philosophy of Memory 
July 10-13, 2017 
University of Cologne, Germany

CFP: Event dates: 
Monday, 10 July, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, 13 July, 2017 (All day)

The 20th International Conference on Conceptual History

Deadline abstracts: 
Saturday, 15 April, 2017

Concepts in the World: Politics, Knowledge, and Time

As the annual International Conference on Conceptual History celebrates its twentieth anniversary, conceptual history is gaining ground in an ever-increasing number of fields, disciplines and parts of the world. The number of scholars identifying with some version of conceptual history is increasing, as is the breadth of topics, theories, and approaches. This conference aims to reflect that diversity.

Few other approaches are as conducive to dialogues across disciplinary borders, and we want to use this occasion to invite in all those who center their inquiry on social, historical, political and scientific concepts and their history. Our ambition is that this conference shall be both a meeting-place for all those working on conceptual history, regardless of approach or topic, while also trying to expand the field by soliciting proposals on three specific, although broad themes:


1. Concepts in the World
Acknowledging that conceptual history is moving beyond single-language traditions of inquiry, and that scholars working on non-European material have begun using conceptual history as a tool for philological study, we want to encourage more studies of entanglements between traditions, translations as well as more cross-linguistic comparison. Trying to move away from the Eurocentrism that is almost inevitable in a field that emerged and flourished in Europe, and the single-language (and often national language) focus that often also pervades those using conceptual history on non-European texts, we seek papers that explore new ways of studying the entanglements between different linguistic traditions, in their most historically specific and practical forms like transfers and translations as well as in their theoretical ramifications, moving beyond Europe and beyond Western modernity.


2. Conceptual history as history of knowledge
Among the most innovative fields in the humanities and social sciences in the last decades has been the history and sociology of science, or, in a more comprehensive mode, the history of knowledge. Independent of the different disciplinary labels, like history of science, STS, historical epistemology, or Wissensgeschichte, all these approaches give attention to concepts used to gain new knowledge, defend old, or make claims to truth and authority, always in connections with non-linguistic practices, technologies, and instruments. For this conference we invite papers that explore the interface between the history of concepts and the history of knowledge, by means of case studies, theoretical exchanges, or explorations of key figures and traditions in both fields.


3. The Multiple Times of Concepts and Histories
Modernization and globalization have brought about more complex and heterogeneous temporal relations, in which the global times of commerce, technology and media come in conflict with the different rhythms and dynamics in diverse cultures and communities. At present, one of the foremost challenges for policy makers, as well as researchers in the humanities and social sciences, is to find ways to understand the existence of multiple temporalities within the overarching narrative of global progress. The plurality of historical times poses a major challenge for anyone who aims to map the intentions or causes leading up to an event, the consequences following from it, or to decide if an event constitutes rupture or continuity with what lies before and comes after it. Conceptual history stands out from other approaches in the way it is able to identify and analyze the multiple temporalities of human life and history, based on what Reinhart Koselleck referred to as “a theory of historical times”. However, in order to make good on this theoretical heritage new and critical engagements with the Eurocentric, modernist, and historicist biases framing this line inquiry are necessary, as are new and innovative studies of the vocabularies of time in different languages as well as the practices they are linked to.

Proposals for individual papers should be no longer than 400 words, and proposals for panels should not exceed 800 words. Short bios of the speakers should be added (maximum 100 words). Panels at the conference will last two hours. There should be no more than four papers and a discussant/chair per panel.

Please send your proposals to

The deadline for sending in proposals is 15 April 2017

Authors will be notified of paper acceptance or non-acceptance at latest the 15 May.