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Contributions to the History of Concepts

Aims & Scope

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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 University of Helsinki Centre for Intellectual History.

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.

Contributions to the History of Concepts is now available on JSTOR!

CALL FOR PAPERS: The 20th International Conference on Conceptual History (21–23 September 2017)


Subjects: history of ideas, history of ideology, intellectual history, linguistics, political science, political theory

Current Issue

Summer 2017, Volume 12(1)

Margrit Pernau

Travel and Transformation: A Diachronic Study of the Changing Concept of Weisheng in Chinese Journals, 1880–1930
Bo Hu

Fragmentation in International Law and Global Governance: A Conceptual Inquiry
Timo Pankakoski and Antto Vihma


Guest edited by Eirini Goudarouli

Introduction: A Focus on the History of Concepts
Eirini Goudarouli

Conceptual Universalization and the Role of the Peripheries
Stefan Nygård and Johan Strang

Translating the Concept of Experiment in the Late Eighteenth Century: From the English Philosophical Context to the Greek-Speaking Regions of the Ottoman Empire
Eirini Goudarouli and Dimitris Petakos

Science, Customs, and the Modern Subject: From Emulation to Education in the Semantics of Spanish Enlightenment
Pablo Sánchez León


Multiple Monderisms
A Review of Sean Latham and Gayle Rogers, Modernism: Evolution of an Idea
Stefan Nygård

Conceptual Tensions as Vehicles of Change in Copyright History
A Review of Stina Teilmann-Lock, The Object of Copyright: A Conceptual History of Originals and Copies in Literature, Art and Design [A metaphorology of networks: Toward a theory of cultural tropes]
Matti La Mela

Toward a Comparative History of Social Policy Discourses
A Review of Daniel Béland and Klaus Petersen, eds., Analysing Social Policy Concepts and Language: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives
Frank Nullmeier

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