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


Thomas Welskopp
Fakultät für Geschichtswissenschaft, Philosophie und Theologie ,Universität Bielefeld Germany
Stefan Berger
Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
Berber Bevernage
Gent University, Belgium



Call for Papers for the ESSHC Theory and Historiography Network


The Twelfth European Social Science History Conference will be held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, from 4th to 7th April 2018. The ESSHC aims to bring together scholars interested in explaining historical phenomena using interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the past. The conference is characterized by a lively exchange in many small groups, rather than by formal plenary sessions. It is organized in a large number of networks that cover a certain topic (e.g. criminal justice, family, social inequality). The Theory and Historiography network is interested in proposals for panels (consisting of three papers and a comment), roundtables (more oriented to discussion than the formal presentation of panels) and ‘meet the author’ sessions (where there is a pathbreaking publication of a monograph, not older than two years) on theoretical and historiograpical topics. There is a special interest in comparative and transnational approaches. In 2018 we would like to encourage proposals in particular in the realm of ‘Historicising and Theorising Public History’. Other possible themes include but are not limited to:

the question of the theoretical frameworks underpinning and the theoretical challenges created by the rise of global history and 'big' ecological approaches to history (e.g. 

implied in the notion of the anthropocene).

the question on how our historical consciousness and related ideas of the 'makeability' 

of history has been changing under the influence under the influence of among other things the global ecological crisis and the regional but also very extensive humanitarian crises.

the challenges of Europeanisation, e.g. rising nationalisms, and the crisis of Europe for contemporary historiography

the historiographies of social movements, both old and new



The deadline for proposals is 1 May 2017.


The Twelfth European Social Science History Conference is organized by the International lnstitute of Social History. For details see:


One copy of the panel proposal should be sent to the conference secretariat (address below) and one copy to each of the three co-chairs of the network:



Professor Stefan Berger

Institut für soziale Bewegungen

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Clemensstrasse 17 - 19

44789 Bochum




Professor Berber Bevernage

History Department
Ghent University - University Forum (Ufo)
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 35
BE-9000 Gent




Professor Thomas Welskopp

Fakultät für Geschichtswissenschaft, Philosophie und Theologie

Abteilung Geschichtswissenschaft Universität Bielefeld

Universitätsstr. 25

33615 Bielefeld




Further information and an electronic pre-registration form for the Conference can be obtained from the Conference Internet site at or from the conference secretariat:




ESSHC Conference Secretariat
c/o International Institute of Social History
Cruquiusweg 31
P.O. Box 2169
1000 CD Amsterdam
the Netherlands
tel: + 31 20 66 858 66
fax: + 31 20 66 541 81