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Contributions to the History of Concepts

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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 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: 19th International Conference on Conceptual History

Subjects: History, Linguistics


Current Issue

Summer 2016, Volume 11(1)


The Specter of Communism: Denmark, 1848
Bertel Nygaard

Special Section: Emotion Concepts in Urdu and Bengali

Introduction: Concepts of Emotions in Indian Languages
Margrit Pernau

From Morality to Psychology: Emotion Concepts in Urdu, 1870–1920
Margrit Pernau

Changing Landscapes of Love and Passion in the Urdu Novel
Christina Oesterheld

Conceptualizing Compassion in Communication for Communication: Emotional Experience in Islamic Sermons (Bengali waʿẓ maḥfils)
Max Stille


An Impressive Narrative of the Key Concepts of Science and Religion
A Review of Peter Harrison, The Territories of Science and Religion
Anton Jansson

The “Age of -Isms”: Exploring China’s Sattelzeit
A Review of Ivo Spira, A Conceptual History of Chinese -Isms: The Modernization of Ideological Discourse, 1895–1925
Kai Vogelsang

A Concept and Its Practices: A New Perspective on the Concept Responsibility
A Review of Frieder Vogelmann, Im Bann der Verantwortung [Under the spell of responsibility]
Nele Kuhlmann

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