Congreso internacional en historia conceptual “Key Concepts in Times of Crisis” Aarhus (Dinamarca)

About the conference

The general theme and title of the conference will be “key concepts in times of crisis”. The study of historical change through the formation of key concepts is at the core of conceptual history. Concepts can acquire the status as central within the political and social vocabulary through long historical processes. The modern concept of democracy emerged with the French revolution of 1789 and became central to ideologies and political languages in the latter part of the 19th century. The concept of crisis took shape in the 18th century and became central to the understanding of politics and economy in the 19th century. The study of changes through the emergence of key concepts is underpinned by a sophisticated theory of historical time and temporality. On one hand, concepts are layered in time. They carry with them older meanings that can be activated in the present.


September 14-16, 2016


Aarhus University, Denmark

Conference fee:

100 Euro

Key note speakers

Professor Janet Roitman, The New School for Social Research, New York, USA

Professor Javier Fernández Sebastián, Universidad del País Vasco, Bilbao, Spain

Professor Claude Romano, Université Paris-Sorbonne

Professor Anders Ekström, Uppsala Universitet, Sweden

Professor Helge Jordheim, Universitetet i Oslo

Call fot papers

The organizers welcome proposals for panels or papers that look at conceptual change in situations of growing risks, crisis or even catastrophe and focus on the semantic and social changes which lead to conceptual innovation. Proposals could address different forms of crises such as for instance

The political crisis caused by feelings of deficit, instability or injustice
The economic and financial crises leading to the erosion of social cohesion
The crisis of insecurity linked to the lack of international order
The crisis of identity within multicultural societies
The crisis of survival related to climate change.

We also invite proposals that discuss the history of temporal concepts and more broadly the understanding of temporality within conceptual history

Proposals for individual papers should be no longer than 400 words, and proposals for panels should not exceed 800 words. Short CVs of the speakers should be added (name, institutional affiliations, major publications – not more than five). Panels at the conference will last two hours. There should be no more than four paper givers (or three paper givers and a commentator) per panel.

Please send your proposals to

The deadline for sending in proposals is the 31st May 2016

Authors will be notified of paper acceptance or non-acceptance at latest the 15th of June