Concepta Research Seminar: Historical argumentation (Geneva, December 5-6, 2013)

5-6 December 2013, University of Geneva (Switzerland).

Politics of Memory, Uses and Abuses of History, Instrumentalization of the Past: these are some of the numerous ways of designating a fascinating phenomenon, namely the use of elements of the past in political discourses and for political purposes. From time immemorial, political actors have tried to influence their fellow citizens by evoking past role models, examples as well as counter-examples. This was, in fact, the most important justification of historical studies per se and it persisted beyond and despite their becoming a true academic discipline during the 19th century.

The 16th International Conference on the History of Concepts opens tomorrow!


For conceptual pinxtos from the 16th International Conference on the History of Concepts, opening tomorrow:

Volume 8:1 is now available online!

We are happy to announce that vol. 8, issue 1 has been published and is now available online.

Our latest issue, titled "Concepts of Empire and Imperialism", with an introduction about The Longue Durée of Empire written by Jörn Leonhard, offers a globe- trotting, time- traveling tour of past concepts of empire and imperialism: starting with the Ottoman empire- the volume embarks with articles by Marc Aymes on the inclusion of Ottoman studies within imperial studies and Einar Wigen on the Ottoman concepts of empire, the journey then continues through early 20th century Denmark- in Christian Egander Skov's article on the concept of "Rige", and ends with Zira Box's Article on the concept of imperialism in early Francoist Spain.
Bon Voyage!