Crucial Conceps

Wiersma, A. (Deelnemer)

Activiteit: Deelname aan of organisatie van een evenementWorkshop, seminarAcademisch


In spite of their crucial importance for defining a subject, concepts often receive only little attention
in historical research projects. While the lessons on conceptual change learnt from scholars such as
Koselleck and Skinner have resulted in the establishment of an entire subfield of conceptual history,
historians working on politics in practice are easily tempted to leave conceptual reflections entirely
to these specialists. Yet, it is hard to imagine research projects in political history that do not in one or another way engage with concepts such as power, violence, rule of law, institutions, identity,
colony, democracy, ideology, representation etc. In this tutorial, we will briefly introduce you to the
various ways in which both historians and social scientists deal with the challenge to define and/or
reflect upon their central concepts, and invite you to reflect upon the concepts central in your
research project.
Periode06 nov 2021