To bring together scholars who explain historical phenomena using the methods of the social sciences

Politics, Citizenship, and Nations

The Politics, Citizenship and Nations network brings together scholars studying all aspects of the history of politics, broadly understood as both formal and informal dimensions of political activity, expression, and governance. We welcome creative, comparative and transnational contributions from all historical periods and geographical contexts, as well as more traditional and/or nation-state centered approaches and reflections on theory and methods.

Anne Epstein
University of Helsinki
José Reis Santos
New University of Lisbon, Human and Social Sciences, Portugal

12th European Social Science History Conference

Belfast, Northern Ireland, 4-7 April 2018

Politics, Citizenship and Nations Network

Call for Papers and Sessions:

What is Political History?  Part II: Practice and Theory

For ESSHC 2018, the Politics, Citizenship and Nations Network invites proposals that delve further into the question that shaped our program in 2016:  “What is Political History?” This time we aim to focus on the history of (political) concepts; the place of theory in political history; changing popular and scholarly understandings and narratives of political history; the uses and roles of political history today and in the past; and finally, what it means and has meant to be a political historian.

We would especially like to encourage reflection on the multiple, contested and evolving meanings and interpretations of the phenomena, practices, institutions, processes, ideas and ideologies that constitute “political history,” as well as on the term itself. The network welcomes proposals for papers and sessions that engage with these issues through empirical and/or theoretical research on any period, geographical context or topic in political history, including but not limited to the following:

  • The state
  • The nation
  • Political systems
  • Citizen/ship
  • Sovereignty
  • Loyalty/ies
  • In/equality/ies
  • Legitimacy
  • Transparency and secrecy
  • Surveillance
  • Law
  • Planning
  • Governance
  • Diplomacy
  • New and old imperialisms
  • Humanitarianism
  • Association(s), organization(s) and party/ies
  • Coalitions and alliances
  • Movement(s) and momentum
  • Trajectories of ideas and individuals
  • Charisma
  • Emotion
  • Everyday life
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Race and racialization
  • Language
  • Arts and music
  • Technology/ies
  • Space(s) and place(s)
  • Sources and methodologies
  • Time/ing and chronology/ies
  • Theory/ies
  • The politics of memory
  • The politics of education

Comparative panels and/or papers are particularly welcome, and we will gladly co-sponsor sessions with other networks. In addition to traditional panels (chair, discussant and 3-4 presentations) we encourage proposals for workshops, roundtables, “meet the author” sessions, book launches, or other kinds of sessions.

We aim for diversity both in the focus of panels (thematic, geographical, chronological, methodological) and in their social composition (national and academic affiliation, gender, career stage, etc). We may reorganize or reject sessions that do not meet these criteria: for example, panels comprising people from the same university or participants from a single country presenting papers on that country. Although we welcome interdisciplinary perspectives, papers and sessions must clearly show a historical perspective.

The deadline to submit your proposal and pre-register on the conference website is 1 May 2017. In order to guarantee consideration of full sessions, panel organizers must ensure that all participants have sent in their abstracts and pre‐registered by the deadline, indicating the name of the session to which their paper belongs. Because we receive many more submissions than we can accommodate, the Politics network cannot guarantee consideration of proposals for more than two sessions on a single theme.

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We look forward to receiving your proposals.

Anne Epstein and José Reis Santos


Politics, Citizenship and Nations Network

ESSHC 2018