Communicating Concepts – Conceptualizing Communication

 The 17th International Conference on the History of Concepts

University of Bielefeld, 28-30 August 2014

The 17th International Conference on the History of Concepts, organized by Willibald Steinmetz and Benno Nietzel on behalf of the History of Concepts Group (HCG), brings together scholars from all disciplines interested in conceptual history. It offers a platform for interdisciplinary exchange on the problems and practice in the history of concepts and fosters the international network of conceptual historians. For the first time, the conference is held in Germany and hosted by the University of Bielefeld. More than any other place, this venue is associated with the German tradition of Begriffsgeschichte as represented in the work of Reinhart Koselleck and other scholars.

The motto of the 2014 conference “Communicating Concepts – Conceptualizing Communication” refers to the aim of bringing the history of concepts into closer contact with various strands of communication studies.

"Concepts, language and beyond" - a concepta school in Berlin

Convened by the International Max Planck Research School for Moral Economies of Modern Societies in cooperation with CONCEPTA (International Research School in Conceptual History and Political Thought), the summer school will take place from 21st to 27th September 2014 at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany.  It will explore new approaches in the field of conceptual history. PhD students in History and related disciplines are invited to discuss with renowned scholars in the field and also have the opportunity to present their own research related to the topic.

The five-day program will include lectures, discussions of texts and case studies, presentations by the participants, as well as an excursion. All texts and discussions are in English.

The Purpose of Conceptual History

In two recent posts on his German blog “Rotsinn” ("Was will die Begriffsgeschichte noch erreichen? Eine Kritik" and "Was die Begriffsgeschichte noch erreichen will – ein Nachtrag") Burkhard Conrad discusses the purpose and direction of current research in conceptual history. We are publishing Conrad’s posts here again together with an English summary he provided for our website. We invite your comments here below!
“I certainly admire current conceptual history for the breadth of its research and the increasing dynamic of its institutionalisation as an academic discipline (conferences, summer schools, journals etc.). Its growing specialization results in more research that extends to more languages, more historical epochs and more social settings. This is great. However, I sometimes miss a debate, which