CfP: Twelfth European Social Science History Conference: Historicising and Theorising Public History (04/2018, Belfast); DL: 01.05.2017

The 12th European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC); organized by the International Institute of Social History; Stefan Berger, Ruhr-Univ. Bochum; Berber Bevernage, Ghent Univ./Univ. Forum (Ufo); Thomas Welskopp, Univ. Bielefeld and the ESSHC Conference Secretariat (Web)

Venue: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Time: 4th to 7th April 2018
Proposals by: 1 May 2017

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 15 May 2017.

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.

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