Concepta Summer School in Copenhagen

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PhD School at the Faculty of Humanities at University of Copenhagen


International Research School in Conceptual History and Political Thought

Offered in cooperation with the Dept. of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University, The Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen, the Dept. of History, University of Southern Denmark, the Graduate School of Arts, Aarhus University, and the PhD School of Culture, Language and Philosphy at CUID, RUC.

In the summer of 2015, Concepta, International Research School in Conceptual History and Political Thought, and partner institutions will organize the ninth Introduction to Conceptual History and Political Thought course (the course have previously been located at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and at Aarhus University, Denmark). An international team of distinguished scholars and visiting lecturers will help participants critically examine the chief concepts and thoughts in the humanities and social sciences from new perspectives. The goal is to illuminate the languages and arguments that are central to the operation of political and social life through the study of their migration, reception, translation, and diffusion through time and space. Analysis of concepts and thoughts involves looking at larger semantic, discursive, ideological and rhetorical settings in which they are given meaning and demands familiarity with a variety of linguistically oriented approaches to discourse and ideology, as well as to rhetoric.

The course has two main objectives. First, it introduces students to the fundamental aspects of the theory and methodology of conceptual history and political thought scholars such as Reinhart Koselleck, Quentin Skinner, John Pocock, and Michel Foucault), which they can then use as tools in their own research. Second, it explores contemporary trends in the field through case studies.

The course includes a series of lectures, a seminar and workshops. It is designed for Danish and international PhD and advanced Master’s degree students from various academic fields.

Teachers and Lecturers:

  • Professor Martin Burke, CUNY, New York
  • Professor Willibald Steinmetz, Bielefeld University
  • Senior Researcher Margrit Pernau, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
  • Professor Helge Jordheim, University of Oslo
  • Postdoc Jani Marjanen, CENS, Helsinki University
  • Emeritus Senior Research Fellow Hans Erich Bödeker, The Max Planck Institute, Göttingen
  • Postdoc Sinai Rusinek, The Jerusalem Van Leer Institute
  • Assistant Professor Niklas Olsen, SAXO, KU
  • Associate Professor Jeppe Nevers, History, SDU
  • Professor Poul Duedahl, Dept. of Culture and Global Studies, AAU
  • Vice-Dean Jan Ifversen, ARTS, AU
  • Associate Professor Hagen Schulz-Forberg, Dept. of Culture and Society, AU
  • Professor Michal Krzyzanowski, Örebro University
  • Researcher Anton Jansson, Göteborg Universitet
  • Associate Professor Leo Catana, MEF, KU
  • Professor Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann, Department of History, UC Berkeley
  • Associate Professor Balázs Trencsényi, Department of History, CEU

ECTS: 7,1 for participation + additional 1,5 for presentation of paper.

Max. number of participants: 30.

Registration deadline: Please sign up via the link in the box on the right no later than 1 May 2015.

Tuition fee: 200 EUR.

However, doctoral students registered at the following institutions will not have to pay the tuition fee:

  • The PhD School at the Faculty of Humanities, Copenhagen University
  • The Doctoral Programme SPIRIT, Aalborg University
  • The Graduate School, Faculty of Humanities, University of Southern Denmark
  • The Graduate School of Arts, Aarhus University
  • PhD School: Culture, Language and Philosphy at CUID, RUC.

Deadline for tuition fee payment: 1 of June 2015. We will send you further information about the payment of the tuition fee once you have been accepted.

Admission requirements: The course is for PhD-researchers and advanced MA-students. In order to be admitted you have to document:

  • your MA/PhD relation to your home university (educational background)
  • the relevance of your course application related to your MA/PhD programme (pre-approval)

and send:

  • a motivation letter (max 200 words)
  • and an overview of current research and interests (max 200 words).

Participation with paper presentation: If you wish to present a paper during the course, you also need to include an abstract of max. 1/2 a page when you register for the course. 

Deadline for paper: The deadline for the paper is 1 of August 2015. Please send this to both of the course organizers.

Program including specific time for each day: Please see the attached program.

Course organizers: If you have any further questions, please contact the course organizers: Niklas Olsen ( and Jesper Vestermark Køber (

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