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Call for Panels – Political History Today: Exploring New Themes.

Just one week left to submit your proposal for panels on new and urgent themes in political history.

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.


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 Panels

We invite proposals for panels that discuss new and urgent themes in the history of the political. These can be either proposals for a single panel of two hours (3-4 panelists), or a pair of interconnected panels (6-8 panelists). Each panel has a chair and a commentator.

Proposals for sessions contain:

  • Description of the topic, main puzzle, and its relevance for the study of political history (maximum 500 words);
  • A list of proposed panelists (preferably a mix of junior (graduate, PhD) and more advanced scholars), a short biographical note on each of them, and a brief description of their papers;
  • The name of both the chair and the commentator and their affiliation.

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

You can direct your questions and send your proposals to:

Deadline: 1 March 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.

New: Call For Papers

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Oral History of the Borderlands

Centrum Historii Zajezdnia, Wrocław, 7–8 June 2022
Deadline: 13 February 2022

New Researchers in Maritime History 2022

Chatham Dockyard, 8–9 April 2022
Deadline: 25 February 2022

Unpacking the Bloc: Circulation of Knowledge, Resources, and Practices In Eastern Europe and Beyond

Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg, 22–23 April 2022
Deadline: 1 March 2022

Beyond The Truth: Misinformation and Credibility in Early Modern Diplomacy.
Splendid Encounters X. Diplomats and Diplomacy in the Early Modern World

 European University Institute, Florence, 12–14 October 2022
Deadline: 11 March 2022

CfP for the second session of the SISSCO (Società Italiana per lo Studio della Storia Contemporanea) Research Seminar “Italy and the Post-colonial world: Cooperation and Mobility between decolonization and the Cold-War (1960-1989)”

The seminar Italy and its former colonies: Cooperation, mobility, continuities, and criticism will take place at the University of Cagliari, Italy.

Cagliari, 16–18 June 2022
Deadline: 13 March 2022

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

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

Experiencing Poverty in the “Affluent Society”: Western Europe and North America in Comparative Perspective

Leibniz Institute of Contemporary History, Munich, 15–16 June 2022
Deadline: 4 April 2022

Prevenzione e repressione del brigantaggio: teorie, norme, pratiche

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

Call for Panels | Political history today: exploring new themes

International conference | 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), 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

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Call for Panels for the Fifth Nordic Challenges Conference on Nordic Neighbourhoods is now open!

5th Nordic Challenges Conference

Nordic Neighbourhoods: Affinity and Distinction in the Baltic Sea Region and Beyond

1 – 3 June, 2022, Södertörn University, Stockholm

We are delighted to announce the launch of the website for the 5th Nordic Challenges Conference, which is organized in collaboration with the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) at Södertörn University as a part of the ReNEW University Hub activities. The conference will take place 1-3 June 2022 at Södertörn University in Stockholm under the title “Nordic Neighbourhoods: Affinity and Distinction in the Baltic Sea Region and Beyond”.

Visit the conference website for more details: 5th Nordic Challenges Conference: Nordic Neighbourhoods: Affinity and Distinction in the Baltic Sea Region and Beyond

The Call for Panels is open and will close on 8 January 2022 – see more details on the website above. The Call for Papers will be open from 1-28 February 2022.

Please spread the word! We look forward to a broad range of topical research themes from all ReNEW partners and other universities and research institutions.

Thomas Welskopp | 5 September 1961 – 19 August 2021

The death of Thomas Welskopp, just before his sixtieth birthday, comes as a shock to his colleagues and friends. From the start, he belonged to the board of the Association for Political History, as testimony to his commitment to the international education of young historians. As director of the prestigious Bielefeld graduate school for history he organized one of the first conferences of our association in 2015. Important for us, but for him just one of his many achievements. When I spent a semester at the Berlin Zentrum für vergleichende Geschichte Europas in 2002, I met him for the first time, after I had read his monumental and admirable Habilitation thesis (the second thesis German academics needed to apply for a professorship) about the early German social democracy Das Banner der Brüderlichkeit (the banner of brotherhood). At the same time a work of classic scholarship in the tradition of German working class history as well as a pioneering study of political culture and working class culture, it has been very influential and has been used a lot for over two decades now. Welskopp himself was mostly interested in the early years of social democracy, when no stable organization was available yet and democratic mass meetings and charismatic orators predominated. His book earned him a professorship at his alma mater Bielefeld, where he fitted very well. He wrote about cultural history, but made sure he never lost the connection with social history, as a form of grounding and as an antidote against free-floating and too abstract forms of history. He was a firm believer in comparative history and his second expertise was American history, among other things resulting in a cultural history of prohibition. He spent several years at top American universities, both as undergraduate and as post-doctoral fellow. In modern competitive academic life, his modest and rather reticent, sometimes almost timid personality stood out. His intellectual qualities and many publications gave him authority and his engagement and friendliness endeared him to his colleagues in Bielefeld, Germany and abroad. He will be sorely missed.

Henk te Velde president Association for Political History

Webinar History at the Intersection of Sports and Politics

Series: Making Political History Global | 30 September 2021

Power in History, the Research Group Political History of the University of Antwerp

in cooperation with Association for Political History

Arguably even more than other subdisciplines of history, political history has been forged in Europe and has therefore taken Western political modernity as its starting point. New paradigms like postcolonialism and subaltern studies have not been able fundamentally to alter this situation. Scholars of non-Western history experience nearly insurmountable thresholds to engage in fruitful discussions with traditional political historians – thresholds situated at the level of concepts, languages, sources and methods. In this webinar, some empirical examples will serve as a starting point for a discussion on these obstacles – and on the ways to get rid of them.

This webinar in the series of ‘Making Political History Global’ focuses on sports history.

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PhD programme at the European University Institute

Webinars on the Department of History and Civilisation

The call for applications for the European University Institute’s funded PhD programme is opening on 1 November 2020 (deadline is 31 January 2021). The EUI Department of History and Civilization offers exceptional opportunities to study global connections within early modern and modern European history.

The Department of History and Civilisation is organising a series of live interactive webinars in which prospective applicants will be able to find out more about the PhD programme, by talking directly to its faculty and its researchers. After a short introduction to the EUI and the department, participants will be able to discuss and ask questions regarding the PhD, life at the EUI and Florence and more.

  • 29 October at 11:00 CET with Professors Giorgio Riello and Lucy Riall (in English and Italian)
  • 4 November at 15:00 CET with Professor Regina Grafe (in English and Spanish)
  • 25 November at 15:00 CET with Professor Glenda Sluga (in English and Polish)
  • 14 December at 15:00 CET with Professors Giancarlo Casale, Pieter M. Judson and Corinna Unger (in English and German)


For any question about the PhD programme, grants, requirements, application and selection procedures, please contact the EUI Admissions Office – Email: 

For any question about the webinar series, please contact Fabrizio Borchi – E-mail: