The History of Concepts: Epistemological Traditions and Methodological Innovations / Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences


The Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences is pleased to invite you to participate in the international conference ‘The History of Concepts: Epistemological Traditions and Methodological Innovations’ that is taking place on December 17-18, 2020.

The organisers’ goal is to reactualise the well-established research academic ‘platform’ of the History of Concepts (Begriffsgeschichte) in Russian historical science, the implementation of which involves accomplishing the following specific objectives, namely:

  • first, to initiate a large-scale, international, interdisciplinary constructive dialogue among researchers in various fields of the Humanities on the subject of the place and role of the "epistemological turn" in the methodology of the History of Concepts (Begriffsgeschichte);
  • and, second, the resumption of systematic work in the field of Begriffsgeschichte using ‘Russian material’ through the efforts of an international collaboration of historians, philosophers, theologians, linguists and representatives of other branches of the Humanities.

Proposals might address, but are not limited to, any of the following topics:

  • Theories and methods in the History of Concepts: traditions and innovations.
  • Interdisciplinarity and challenges of developing a common conceptual apparatus in complex research.
  • Conceptual history and alternative approaches to historical semantics and intellectual history.
  • Imperial history as Begriffsgeschichte.
  • Historical semantics of Modernity and Postmodernity.
  • Concepts relating to time and temporality.

Individual proposals to be sent to by November 1, 2020. Proposals for individual papers should not be longer than 200-250 words; the speaker’s name, institutional affiliation, academic degree, and e-mail should be included.

Proposals for panels to be sent to by October 20, 2020. Proposals should not exceed 100 words; the moderator’s name should be included together with the names of at least 3 speakers as well as their institutional affiliations, academic degrees, and e-mails.

The conference is to be held on-line.

The conference’s languages are Russian and English.

Papers, selected by the organising сommittee, will be suggested for publication in the Journal of Education and Science “ISTORIYA” (“History”; WoS), in 2021.

По результатам конференции планируется публикация лучших текстов в ЭНОЖ «История» в 2021 г.