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Conference Program 2022. Political History Today: Exploring New Themes

Five years after successfully taking stock of the “State of the Art in the History of Politics” (The Hague, 2017), next Summer, the Association for Political History (APH) and the Dutch national Research School Political History (RSPH/OPG)  organize a two-day follow-up conference in Amsterdam to revisit the field and explore new themes in the history of politics.

In this conference, we invite you to join us in a reflection on the concepts, methods, and sources for political history. What is it that we do when we study political history? What is the timeframe and the spatial dimension of histories of the political? What theories, concepts, and examples from the subdisciplines of history, the social and other sciences help us explain continuity and change in political history? How do old and new methods of inquiry and older and newer types of sources affect our work?

Another aim of the conference is to highlight new and urgent themes that have been introduced to the field over the last couple of years. These include new perspectives on the histories of decolonization, as well as the rise of the global in studies of the World Wars, the Cold War, the Sixties, Seventies, and the rise of neoliberalism from the 1980s onwards. Research projects on global activism, on climate change and the environment, poverty, or migration, and its impact on local, regional, national, and international politics seem to beg for attention too. Equally relevant are the new histories of democracy, freedom, and parliamentarianism, which have certainly helped us understand, and maybe even overcome, the challenges of populism and authoritarian leadership. A relevant question is therefore also the question what we have to contribute, not only to the academic debate on things political, but also to the political issues of our time and how can we try to impact today’s, and tomorrow’s, crucial societal debates.

These reflection will be triggered by three internationally reputed speakers and related roundtables, new themes will be staged in eight panels as well as in side events.

The conference is organized by the Association for Political History  and the Dutch national Research School Political History.

Program 23 and 24 June

23 June 2022

15.30                       Welcome, registration coffee and tea 

16.00                                         Opening, welcome and introduction to the conference by Jacco Pekelder (academic director Dutch Research School Political History and professor of Modern and Contemporary History of the Netherlands, Münster University), Henk te Velde (chair of the Association for Political History, and professor of Dutch History, Leyden University) and  Ido de Haan (professor of Political History, Utrecht University)

16.15                      How to study political history today? Democracy as embodied practice and national experience 

Keynote by Hedwig Richter (professor of Modern and Contemporary History Universität der Bundeswehr München)

To analyze the crises of democracy in a more accurate way, it is important to look at the history of democracy. It is an “impure” history, a history comprising a disorderly conglomeration of concepts and practices that often contradicted each other. The liberal democracy that emerged from this history, with human dignity at its centre, therefore turns out to be a patchwork, a structure struggling for balance.

16.45                       The state of the art in political history: legacies, challenges, and opportunities

Roundtable with Liesbeth van de Grift (professor International History and the Environment, Utrecht University),  Irène Herrmann(professor in Transnational History of Switzerland, Université de Genève, Giovanni Orsina (professor of Contemporary History at LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome),  Anne-Isabelle Richard (assistant professor in History, Leyden University), Hedwig Richter and Ido de Haan (chair)

In this roundtable we will look back at, and look beyond, the crucial shift in our field of study, from ‘political history’ to ‘the history of politics’. What are outstanding or problematic examples of this reorientation in the study of things political? What do we understand better now? What is the most important question we need to address the coming years? Which concept, theory, method, technique, and/or source material do you suggest to grasp the newest, or most relevant issue to study in our discipline in the coming years?

18.15                       Drinks and dinner  

24 June 2022

9.00                          Registration, coffee and tea

9.30                         Opening, welcome and introduction to the conference by Jacco Pekelder (academic director Research School Political History, Münster University), introduction to the conference 

9.40                         How to write a long-term history of the political?

What modernists can learn from early modernists. A conversation with Judith Pollmann (professor of Early Modern Dutch History, Leyden University) moderated by Henk te Velde (Leyden University) about innovation, citizenship and the proximity of politics.

10.30                       Panels

  • Panel 1: Drivers and defining moments of neoliberalization in Europe. Organizer: Naomi Woltring
  • Panel 2: Norm-setting, power and governance in colonial and political history of the Netherlands-Indonesian relationship 1750-1950. Organizers: Ronald Kroeze, Alicia Schrikker, Lauren Lauret
  • Panel 3: The rule of law: Rethinking the political history of law in European and global context. Organizers: Karin van Leeuwen, Brigitte Leucht
  • Panel 4: Popular Politics of the Environment: Societal Actors and Activists in International Organisations during the Second Half of the Twentieth Century. Organizers: Alessandra Schimmel, Paul Reef

12.15                       Side events

  • Demonstration: visualizing politics, with Geert Kessels and Pim van Bree
  • Posters with presentations of research of PhD candidates and RMA students

The Inps and the Italian economic miracle: politics, economy, and cultures between 1958 and 1969 –  Michele Santoro
The establishment of the University of Antwerp (1954-2003) –
Alexia Coussement
A historical analysis of lithium governance in Latin America –
Mario Parolari
Digital Humanities Project in Collaboration with the NIOD institute -Anne de Klerk
Cold War Developmentalism in the Periphery – the Case of Gilan 1960s-1970s –  Misag Javadpour
Hunting for Ambition – The Royal Hunt and the Representation of Power at the Court of Savoy –  Bruno Farinelli
Bridging Nationalisms: Italian Ideas of Transnational Solidarity Between the Processes of National Unification in Italy and Germany (1830-1871) – Stefano Lissi
What did Europeans, in this case the French, learn about freedom and democracy from intellectuals who came from their overseas colonies?  – Dominique Ankoné

Different actors’ claims to organizing land use and public health between 1861 and 1917 in two of Russia’s peripheries: ‘Eastern’ Bashkiria and ‘European’ Livland – Paul van Dijk
Academic Biography of Statesman P.J. Oud – Boris van Haastrecht

12.45                       Lunch                     

13.45                       Panels

  • Panel 5:  Media&democracy: new concepts, sources and methodologies. Organizer: Betto van Waarden
  • Panel 6: Writing the Environment in Empires. Organizer: Paul van Dijk
  • Panel 7: Making sense of universities in contemporary history: exploring the prospects of interdisciplinarity. Organizers: Floris van Berckel Smit, Alexia Coussement
  • Panel 8: Unusual suspects: local actors and the microdynamics of political conflict. Organizers: Geraldien von Frijtag, Valeria Galimi, Roberta Biasillo

15.30                      How to write a global history of politics?

                                    Keynote by Lucy Riall (professor of History, European University Institute Florence)       (plus online zoom)

16.00                       Roundtable 2:

Long-term and global history of politics

with Marnix Beyen (professor of History, Antwerp University), Hagen Schulz-Forberg (associate professor for Global and European History), Lucy Riall, Judith Pollmann and Henk te Velde (chair) (plus online zoom)

17.00                       Drinks  

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Location

Our conference venue is the Trippenhuis, home of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, in Amsterdam city center ( Kloveniersburgwal 29).

Organization

The conference is organized by the Dutch national Research School Political History. The RSPH/OPG is the national platform for political historians, who are working together to promote high-quality research and strengthen (inter)national cooperation. In additional, the OPG/RSPH provides first-rate training for PhD candidates and Research Master Students.

The OPG/RSPH is one of the founding members of the Association for Political History. The association aims to strengthen international cooperation in the field of education and research and organizes, amongst others, annual conferences.

Organizing committee:

Prof. Dr. Jacco Pekelder (chair), Dr. Marijke van Faassen, Prof. Dr.  Ido de Haan, Dr. Carla Hoetink, Dr. Margit van der Steen (coordination), Prof. Dr. Henk te Velde.

Design logo: Tim Mäkelburg

Corona

Please note that we will organize the conference in line with Dutch corona regulations

Conference fee

  • Full conference fee incl. Thursday dinner:            75 euro
  • Full conference fee no dinner:                                 50 euro
  • Single day fee 23 June incl. dinner:                         50 euro
  • Single day fee 24 June dinner:                                 25 euro

Registration starts 12 May, via https://www.aanmelder.nl/politicalhistorytoday2022

Board meeting APH 23 June 2022 14.30-15.30

Up to date information and registration:

https://www.aanmelder.nl/politicalhistorytoday2022

Contact

bureau@onderzoekschoolpolitiekegeschiedenis.nl

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Representing the people in postwar democracies. Citizens, politicians, experts and the mass media in the Federal Republic of Germany and Western Europe

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Regulating AI in a Democracy

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The gift of architecture: spaces of global socialism and their afterlives

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Seventh European Congress on World and Global History: Conflict and Inequity, Peace and Justice: Local, Regional, and International Perspectives

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Deadline: May 31, 2022

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La Maddalena (Italy), 2–3 September 2022 
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Haifa, 8 September 2022
Deadline: April 10, 2022

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Deadline: April 15, 2022

Kritik der Relationen // aus medienanthropologischer Perspektive

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The Queen’s Resources: the lands, revenues, networks, and economic power of premodern royal women

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Microhistories of Socialism and Postsocialism

Pula, 24–27 August 2022 
Deadline: May 15, 2022

Seventh European Congress on World and Global History: Conflict and Inequity, Peace and Justice: Local, Regional, and International Perspectives

The Hague, 29.06.2022–01.07.2022
Deadline: May 31, 2022

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Besides taking care of our monthly newsletter, next month will also see us busy organizing a new workshop for Ph.D. candidates and young researchers in political history. We encourage anyone that wants to take part in and help to develop the potentialities of our network, to get in touch here: phdpolhis@gmail.com 

PhD Course Announcement: Summer School in Global History

Global History today forms a vibrant field of research. It explores how societies in different parts of the world were shaped by global entanglements and reveals that globalization is by no means a new phenomenon but has a history that goes well back until the Early Modern period. It involves historical processes such as European expansion and imperialism on the one hand, but also the ways European societies have been influenced by influx of ideas, raw materials, plants, animals and peoples from other continents. Theoretically, the field has been recently enriched by conceptualizations of for example the Anthropocene or the planetary perspective. To put it short, global history argues that we cannot understand the birth of our contemporary world without historically examining transregional interaction.

Aimed at PhD Candidates at any stage of their research, the 2022 Summer School in Global History is organized by a network of established scholars from the fields of global, imperial and transnational history as well as area studies coming from six leading European research universities (Aarhus, Bern, King’s College London, Oslo, Paris and Tübingen). It will focus on the theme of Transformative Connectivity, i.e. on the transformations that global entanglements provoked in different societies across the globe on the one hand and the ways actors and institutions which established these entanglements were in turn shaped by such processes of globalization.

Key information:

Dates: 08 June 2022 – 11 June 2022

Location: Sandbjerg Gods Sandbjergvej 102, Sønderborg

For more information on the course and how to apply: https://phdcourses.dk/Course/90538

Save the date – Political History Today: Exploring New Themes

International conference

Political history today: exploring new themes

23 – 24 June 2022, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Five years after successfully taking stock of the “State of the Art in the History of Politics” (The Hague, 2017), this summer, the Association for Political History  (APH) and the Dutch national Research School Political History.  (RSPH/OPG) organize a two-day follow-up conference in Amsterdam to revisit the field and explore new themes in the history of politics.

For one, we urge all historians in the field to join us in a reflection on the concepts, methods, and sources for political history. What is it that we do when we study political history? This reflection will be triggered by three internationally reputed speakers and related roundtables. Confirmed speakers are Hedwig Richter (Universität des Bundeswehr München) and Lucy Riall (European University Institute Florence) and Judith Pollmann (Universiteit Leiden). Next to that, we aim to highlight new and urgent themes that have been introduced to the field over the last couple of years. The conference will stage these new themes in eight panels.

We aim for a conference with a variety of sessions, not just in terms of content, but also in format including roundtables, keynote lectures, posters, laboratories and panels on new themes in political history.

Our conference venue is the Trippenhuis, home of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, in Amsterdam city centre.

Call for Proposal for Posters (RMA students and PhD candidates) – Political History Today: Exploring New Themes

One week left to submit your proposal for posters for the international conference, ‘Political History Today: Exploring New Themes’.

Five years after successfully taking stock of the “State of the Art in the History of Politics” (The Hague, 2017), next Summer, the Association for Political History (APH) and the Dutch national Research School Political History (RSPH/OPG) organize a two-day follow-up conference in Amsterdam to revisit the field and explore new themes in the history of politics.

Aims of the conference

For one, we urge all historians in the field to join us in a reflection on the concepts, methods, and sources for political history. What is it that we do when we study political history? What is the timeframe and the spatial dimension of histories of the political? What theories, concepts, and examples from the subdisciplines of history, the social and other sciences help us explain continuity and change in political history? How do old and new methods of inquiry and older and newer types of sources affect our work? What changes do we see in the fields of collaboration, funding and publishing our research? How will articles and books relate to newer forms, such as websites, podcasts, blogs, documentaries, and even plays or movies? This reflection will be triggered by three internationally reputed speakers and related roundtables.

Next to that, we aim to highlight new and urgent themes that have been introduced to the field over the last couple of years. These include new perspectives on the histories of decolonization, as well as the rise of the global in Cold War studies. Research projects on global activism, on climate change and the environment, poverty, or migration, and its impact on local, regional, national, and international politics seem to beg for attention too. In addition, as a last example, histories of democracy, freedom, and parliamentarianism have certainly tried to help us understand, and maybe even overcome, the challenges of populism and authoritarian leadership. In other words, what do we have to contribute, not only to the academic debate on things political, but also to the political issues of our time and how can we try to impact todays, and tomorrows, crucial societal debates. The conference will stage these new themes in eight panels.

Call for Posters

As part of the conference, Research Master students and PhD candidates have the opportunity to present their research and to receive feedback on their work. The format we suggest is to make a poster presentation which can be discussed during the conference with (international) experts. If you are interested to present your work on a poster, please submit your proposal to the organizing committee of the conference, with your name, email, institutional affiliation, and description of your research topic in 50-100 words.

Please note that we will organize the conference in line with Dutch corona regulations.

You can direct your questions and send your proposals to: bureau@onderzoekschoolpolitiekegeschiedenis.nl

Deadline: 1 April 2022

Organizing committee:

Prof. Dr. Jacco Pekelder (chair), Dr. Marijke van Faassen, Prof. Dr.  Ido de Haan, Dr. Carla Hoetink, Dr. Margit van der Steen, Prof. Dr. Henk te Velde.

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Pandemics, Public Health, and Statecraft in Twentieth-Century US History

London, 03–04 July 2022
Deadline: 31 March 2022

Prevenzione e repressione del brigantaggio: teorie, norme, pratiche

Teramo, Italy, 23–25 November 2022
Deadline: 4 April 2022

Travelling Matters: Rereading, Reshaping, Reusing Objects Across The Mediterranean

Haifa, 8 September 2022
Deadline: 10 April 2022

The Watchful Society: Sexuality, Society, and Vigilance in East-Central and Southeast Europe, 1945–1989

Fischbachau, Bayern, 17–20 November 2022 
Deadline: 15 April 2022

Amsterdam as Haven for Religious Refugees in the Early Modern Period

Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, Ritman Research Institute
Amsterdam, 11–12 November 2022
Deadline: 22 April 2022

Microhistories of Socialism and Postsocialism

University of Pula
Pula, 24–27 August 2022 
Deadline: 15 May 2022

Seventh European Congress on World and Global History: Conflict and Inequity, Peace and Justice: Local, Regional, and International Perspectives

European Network in Universal and Global History (ENIUGH)
The Hague, 29.06.2022–01.07.2022
Deadline: 31 May 2022

Call for Editors
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We push for anyone that wants to take part in and help to develop the potentialities of our network. Besides taking care of our monthly newsletter, next months will also see us busy organizing a new workshop for Ph.D. candidates and young researchers in political history.

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