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Call for Panels | International APH Conference 2020

Layers and Connections of the Political

For its 2020 conference (11-13 June 2020 – Luiss-Guido Carli University, Rome), the Association for Political History invites proposals for panels by senior researchers and PhD candidates. Deadline is 31 January 2020.

Politics has changed a lot, in the last half-century – and so has political history. The boundaries of the political have been redrawn. The large social and political bodies of the mid-twentieth century have grown weaker or have dissolved. Public institutions have become both less insulated from society and less effective in controlling and guiding it. Therefore, defining what is political has become more difficult. Political historians have confronted this challenge, and in the process have gained a deeper understanding of their object of study, have enlarged their scope and refined their methodologies, and have entered into closer dialogue with the “other” histories and the social sciences.

The Politics of Moderation #newbook

Ido de Haan & Matthijs Lok (eds.), The Politics of Moderation in Modern European History (2019)

This book charts the varieties of political moderation in modern European history from the French Revolution to the present day. It explores the attempts to find a middle way between ideological extremes, from the nineteenth-century Juste Milieu and balance of power, via the Third Ways between capitalism and socialism, to the current calls for moderation beyond populism and religious radicalism.

Entering diplomacy through the archive: Changing from academia to the Foreign Office #career

The entrance of the Auswärtiges Amt, Berlin

In this blog post, dr. Daniel Stinsky tells us more about his shift from a PhD in Political History to a career in the Foreign Office in Berlin.

Historical Perspectives on Democracies and their Adversaries #newbook

Joost Augusteijn, Constant Hijzen & Mark Leon de Vries (eds.), Historical Perspectives on Democracies and their Adversaries (2019)

Democracies across the world increasingly find themselves under threat from enemies, ranging from terrorists to parties and movements that undermine democratic institutions from within. This book provides the first historical exploration of how democracies have dealt with such anti-democratic forces and how this impacted upon what democracy meant to all involved.

Call for Editors

The editorial team of the Political History PhD Newsletter is looking for new editors. The newsletter provides PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers working on political history with monthly updates on publications, events, and job opportunities in the field.

The Political History PhD Newsletter is a joint effort. The editors keep an eye on new developments and CfP’s and collect these in a monthly newsletter. You will edit the newsletter about 3-4 times per year.

If you are interested or would like more information you can contact the current editor Francesco Caprioli via phdpolhis@gmail.com.

History in the Light of Brexit

5-7 June 2019 | King’s College London, United Kingdom

The seventh APH Conference in Political History took place 5-7 June 2019 in London, UK. The conference was organised by King’s College London Contemporary History, The Strand Group, The History of Parliament Trust.

Political in Political History – Meaning and Understanding of Politics

17–19 June 2019 | University of Jyväskylä, Finland

The first session of the fifth annual workshop of the Political History PhD Network took place at the University of Jyväskylä on 17-19 June 2019.

Concentrating on the theme of what is ‘political’ in political history, this workshop questioned if and to what extent ‘political’ can be understood in wider terms than merely through parties and parliament. The workshop did indeed demonstrate the wide diversity of perspectives that our field can have towards the political sphere, as young scholars from all over Europe and the world demonstrated their expertise in a variety of subjects related to political history.

This three-day workshop was organized by Zachris Haaparinne, Risto-Matti Matero, Jari Parkkinen, Juho Saksholm & Joonas Tammela (University of Jyväskylä).