Words – Concepts – Meanings. Which Historical Semantics for the Middle Ages?

19th & 20th February, 2015, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt

December 2014 will mark the end of the joint research project Political Language in the Middle Ages. Semantic Approaches at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, supported by the DFG with funding coming from the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award. As part of a conference, we will offer a discussion of the project’s progress and intend to develop, in collaboration with our guests, perspectives for the future of digitally supported historical semantics of the Pre-Modern era. We will also introduce a new tool which promises to both transform and simplify the work of historians and philologists.

Deadline for abstract submissions: October 31st, 2014

Registration is Open!

The 17th International Conference on the History of Concepts
is taking place August 28-30 2014 at the University of Bielefeld.

Register and renew your HCG membership!




Communicating Concepts – Conceptualizing Communication

 The 17th International Conference on the History of Concepts

University of Bielefeld, 28-30 August 2014

The 17th International Conference on the History of Concepts, organized by Willibald Steinmetz and Benno Nietzel on behalf of the History of Concepts Group (HCG), brings together scholars from all disciplines interested in conceptual history. It offers a platform for interdisciplinary exchange on the problems and practice in the history of concepts and fosters the international network of conceptual historians. For the first time, the conference is held in Germany and hosted by the University of Bielefeld. More than any other place, this venue is associated with the German tradition of Begriffsgeschichte as represented in the work of Reinhart Koselleck and other scholars.

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.