Contributions to the History of Concepts

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Editor: Sinai Rusinek, Polonsky Academy, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

Contributions to the History of Concepts is the international peer-reviewed journal of the History of Concepts Group (formerly HPSCG). It is hosted and sponsored by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.

The journal serves as a platform for theoretical and methodological articles as well as empirical studies on the history of concepts and their social, political, and cultural contexts. It aims to promote the dialogue between the history of concepts and other disciplines, such as intellectual history, history of knowledge and science, linguistics, translation studies, history of political thought and discourse analysis.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: 18th International Conference on Conceptual History

Subjects: History, Linguistics


Forthcoming Issue

Winter 2015, Volume 10(2)



Special Section: Medieval Concepts 

Historical Semantics in Medieval Studies: New Means and Approaches
Bernhard Jussen and Gregor Rohmann

Talking About christianitas at the Time of Innocent III (1198–1216): What Does Word Use Contribute to the History of Concepts?
Tim Geelhaar

The Way a Language Changes: How Historical Semantics Helps Us to Understand the Emergence of the English Exchequer
Ulla Kypta

Dancing on the Threshold: A Cultural Concept for Conditions of Being Far from Salvation
Gregor Rohmann

Virtus as a Political Concept in the Middle Ages
Silke Schwandt

Combining Intellectual History and the History of the Book: A Case Study on the Concept of Folk in Popular Literature in the Nineteenth Century
Lone Kølle Martinsen



Polyphonic Concepts of Solidarity
A Review Essay on New Approaches Toward a Conceptual History of the Polish Opposition to Socialism 
Gregor Feindt

Birth Pangs for a Welcomed Child
A Review of Hagen Schulz-Forberg, ed., A Global Conceptual History of Asia, 1860–1940
Ralph Weber