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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

Winter 2016, Volume 11(2)

Heritage (Erfgoed) in the Dutch Press: A History of Changing Meanings in an International Context
Hanneke Ronnes and Tamara van Kessel

Representation of Innovation in Seventeenth-Century England: A View from Natural Philosophy
Benoît Godin

Special Section: Time in the Ibero-American World

Guest edited by Javier Fernández-Sebastián

Introduction: Experiences of Time in the Ibero-American World, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Javier Fernández-Sebastián and Fabio Wasserman

Political Regeneration: José Bonifácio and Temporal Experiences in the Luso-American World in the Early Decades of the Nineteenth Century
Maria Elisa Noronha de Sá and Marcelo Gantus Jasmin

The Perception of Time and the Meaning of History among Spanish Intellectuals of the Nineteenth Century
Ana Isabel González Manso

Precarious Time, Morality, and the Republic: New Granada, 1818–1853
Francisco A. Ortega

A World in the Making: Discovering the Future in the Hispanic World
Javier Fernández-Sebastián


Improvising the Emotional Self
A Review of Erin Sullivan, Beyond Melancholy: Sadness and Selfhood in Renaissance England
Rob Boddice

Networks: Toward a Critical Archaeology of Cultural Tropes
A Review of Sebastian Gießmann, Die Verbundenheit der Dinge: Eine Kulturgeschichte der Netze und Netzwerke [The connectedness of things: A cultural history of webs and networks] and Alexander Friedrich, Metaphorologie der Vernetzung: Zur Theorie kultureller Leitmetaphern [A metaphorology of networks: Toward a theory of cultural tropes]
Christian J. Emden

Fate—Opponent of Human Autonomy or Its Source?
A Review of Franziska Rehlinghaus, IDie Semantik des Schicksals: Zur Relevanz des Unverfügbaren zwischen Aufk lärung und Erstem Weltkriek Relevanz des Unverfügbaren zwischen Aufk lärung und Erstem Weltkriek [The semantics of fate: On the relevance of what is beyond human control between the Enlightenment and World War I]
Peter Vogt

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