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Introduction to Conceptual History

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Overview

Synopsis

Introduction to Conceptual History is a critical journey into the key concepts used in politics and other activities. As such, it will engage and encourage the course members in the use of analytic concepts employed in the social sciences and the humanities. An international team of distinguished scholars and visiting lecturers will discuss methods and practices of conceptual history, and the study of political concepts as a style of theorising about and analysing political and social practices.

The goal of conceptual history is to understand the ways in which concepts and ideas are operationalised in political and social life through the study of their migration, translation, reinterpretation and diffusion through time and space (from the local to the global). Conceptual analysis involves the examination of the larger semantic, discursive, ideological and rhetorical settings in which concepts acquire meaning. It requires familiarity with a variety of approaches to discourse, ideology and rhetoric. These concepts are communicated verbally, in print and through other media.

The course will introduce the main aspects of the theory and methodology of conceptual analysis by discussing the work of scholars such as Reinhart Koselleck, Quentin Skinner, J. G. A. Pocock, Michel Foucault, Pierre Rosanvallon and Dipesh Chakrabarty. Students will be encouraged to use these as tools in their own research projects. Special emphasis is placed on examples of conceptual change, which underlines the inherently contested character of concepts in use. In addition, trends in current scholarship will be explored through case studies presented by course members as well by as invited guests.

The course will be conducted via lectures, discussions and work-in-progress sessions. It welcomes PhD and advanced Master’s degree students from a range of academic disciplines.


Learning objectives

The objective is to enable the students to use the methods of conceptual history in their own research.


Course format and teaching methods

The course seeks to support the students’ thesis word by offering relevant lectures, discussions on course readings and workshops on the participants’ texts.


Target students

Finnish and international PhD and advanced Master’s degree students from various academic fields.


Coordinators

Jani Marjanen, jani.marjanen@helsinki.fi
Johan Strang, johan.strang@helsinki.fi
You may contact the course coordinators with questions concerning the course content.

With any other questions concerning Helsinki Summer Schoool or the application process, please contact summer-school@helsinki.fi.

Apply now! Summer 2018
Pre-deadline
May 31, 2018 23:59
Europe/Helsinki time

If you need a visa, please apply 31st of May the latest.

Primary deadline
Jul 31, 2018 23:59
Europe/Helsinki time
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Studies commence
Aug 7, 2018

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States