Conceptual Change in History

22.9.2016 (All day) to 24.9.2016 (All day)
University of Helsinki

Preliminary programme:

22.9. 13:00-19:00
University main building, Small hall (4050). Fabianinkatu 33, 00170 Helsinki.

13-14 Keynote lecture
Martti Koskenniemi (University of Helsinki): TBA

14.10-15.40 Session 1
Gennaro Imbriano: Crisis as a concept of movement
Sophie Marcotte-Chenard: Between Language and History: Koselleck, Skinner and the Study of Conceptual Change
Timo Pankakoski: Hans Freyer and Conceptual History

16.05-17.35 Session 2
Kevin Matthew Jones: Conceptualisations of mental health
Katariina Parhi: The Necessary Illusion: Criminal responsibility and conceptual change
Antu Sorainen: The relationship between inheritance and queer kinship related concepts, and normative orders such as law and legal culture

18-19 Keynote lecture
Theodore Arabatzis (University of Athens): TBA

23.9. 9:00-17:45
House of Science and Letters, room 505. Kirkkokatu 6, 00170 Helsinki.

9-10 Keynote lecture
Benjamin Straumann (New York University): TBA

10.15-11.45 Session 3
Alina Bothe: Survivor – the Emergence and Shifts of a Transnational Concept after 1945
Martin Clark: Conceptual change and international law
Maïa Pal: Jurisdictional struggles: conceptual implications for pre-capitalist histories of empires and extraterritoriality

12.45-14.15 Session 4
Kaius Tuori: Imperial Concepts: Legal heritage and imposition in the European settler states
David M. Kretz: Translational Action at the End of a World
Carlos Amunátegui Perelló: Race and Nation. On ius sanguinis and the origins of a racist national perspective

14.45-16.15 Session 5
Thibault Racovski & Philippe Huneman: A phylomemetic approach to conceptual change: the case of scientific research on evolutionary novelty between 1965 and 2015
Corinne Bloch-Mullins: Concepts as Forward-looking: Rethinking the Question of Referential Stability
Yafeng Shan: Conceptual Change and the Nature of Scientific Concept

16.45-17.45 Keynote lecture
Sinai Rusinek (Van Leer Jerusalem Institute): TBA

24.9. 9:00-15:45
House of Science and Letters, room 505. Kirkkokatu 6, 00170 Helsinki.

9-10 Keynote lecture
Paul Thagard (University of Waterloo): Conceptual Change in the Brain Revolution

10.15-11.45 Session 6
Petri Koikkalainen: On the historically changing significance of ‘polity’ to ‘political science’
Kari Väyrynen: ‘Living experience’ (Erlebnis) – from a philosophical to commercial concept
Ville Erkkilä: TBA

12.45-14.15 Session 7
Jari Kaukua and Vili Lähteenmäki: Standards of Conceptual Change
Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen: TBA
Irene Goudarouli: Historicizing Scientific Concepts: Conceptual History meets History & Philosophy of Science

14.45-15.45 Session 8
Charles W. Romney: Using Vector Space Models to Understand Conceptual Change in the Law
Mikko Kainulainen and Natan Elgabsi: Concepts of history and historians’ responsibilities


Some practical information

Event location
The sessions of the conference are held at the University main building (Small hall (4050), Fabianinkatu 33, 00170 Helsinki) and the House of Science and Letters (room 505, Kirkkokatu 6, 00170 Helsinki).

Possible accommodation nearby
* Glo Hotel Kluuvi, Hotel Haven, Hotel Lilla Roberts, Hotel Fabian (upscale)
* Cumulus Kaisaniemi, Holiday Inn Helsinki City Centre, Hotel Seurahuone Helsinki, Hotel Arthur, Sokos Hotel Helsinki (midpriced)
* Omenahotelli Helsinki Yrjönkatu / Lönnrotinkatu / Eerikinkatu, Eurohostel (budget)

* You can get from Helsinki-Vantaa airport to Helsinki City Centre either by taxi (the fare is approximately 40-50 euros), by train, or by bus.
* You can find the timetable of the airport train here.
* The buses take you to the Central Railway station. You can either take the city bus number 615, which costs 5,50 € (cash (the driver doesn’t have to accept bills larger than 20 euros) or Travel Card only), or the Finnair bus, which costs 6,30 € (cash (bills larger than 20 euros not necessarily accepted), credit cards).
* The metro station nearest to the event location is called Helsingin yliopisto.

Last updated: 27.5.2016