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Crisis and Renewal in the History of Political Thought

A Conference report by Martin Pjecha

The conference “Crisis and Renewal in the History of Political Thought”, hosted in Heidelberg 11-13 October, 2018, was the fifth conference organized by the European Society for the History of Political Thought (ESHPT, https://europoliticalthought.wordpress.com). The Society itself, founded in 2009, intends to function as a platform for international academic communication between established and young academics on the vast field of “political thought”, broadly defined. To this end, it has organized events, workshops, publications—the most recent being László Kontler and Mark Somos (eds.), Trust and Happiness in the History of European Political Thought (Leiden: Brill, 2017)—and biannual conferences. The latter have all been thematically-focused on issues like citizenship, constitutions, and this year’s crisis, a term linked to sudden change and opportunity in politics.

                The conference’s program represented quite well a broad chronological framework, with papers devoted to authors of the ancient, medieval, early-modern, and modern periods. Yet the focus of the conference clearly lay in the two latter periods, particularly in the early-modern and Englightenment leaning into the modern. It could be argued that some organizers relied on a particular understanding of political thought, evidenced by the weak representation of medieval thought, political theology, and political thought from outside Europe in general; such welcome additions would more fully fulfill the conference’s desire to exhibit the field’s current research trends on a global scale.

                Shortcomings in scale and focus aside, the conference was of quite high quality, with both presenters and audience engaging in thoughtful and well-informed discussion. A part of this may be explained by the proportion of established academics and emeritus scholars in the program; this was by no means a graduate conference. This brings us to the question of the goal and identity of the conference and the ESHPT moving forward, which can either highlight its current strengths in more traditional political thought, or expand its scope to a more precarious but representative notion of global political thought, with the accompanying necessary inclusion of disciplines like religious studies and theology (among others). This conference was clearly an attempt to do both, a challenge which it met with varying success, despite its high intellectual quality.


From philanthropy to the welfare system in Central and South-Eastern Europe. Imperial experiences at the turn of the century

Report on the workshop organized by the CRH-EHESS in Paris, February 16, 2017

by Mátyás Erdélyi (CEFRES / CEU)

This workshop is part of a series of four seminars organized by the Centre de recherches historiques (CRH-EHESS) entitled “From philanthropy to the welfare system in Central and South-Eastern Europe – Imperial experiences at the turn of the century” [De la philanthropie à la protection sociale en Europe centrale et du sud-est. Expériences impériales au tournant du XXe siècle]. They focus on the historical connections between philanthropic activities, social reform, and their legacy in the welfare systems of successor states in Central- and South-Eastern Europe. Continuer la lecture de From philanthropy to the welfare system in Central and South-Eastern Europe. Imperial experiences at the turn of the century

Bohemisten-Treffen du 4 mars 2016

Auteurs : Ségolène Plyer, Ludovic Schlosser

Lieu : Hochstrasse 8, Munich

Presentation1Institution : Collegium Carolinum, institut de recherche interdisciplinaire sur les pays tchèques et la Slovaquie. Point fort : histoire des XIXe et XXe siècles

Le Bohemisten-Treffen, dit encore Bohemistentag ou congrès annuel des bohémistes, est fréquenté par de nombreux chercheurs confirmés, des étudiants (à partir du master) et des personnes intéressées de langue allemande. Cette année, 48 projets de recherche en cours ou à venir, avaient été mis à disposition des participants sous forme écrite avant d’être présentés oralement par leur auteur en fin de matinée. Deux venaient du CEFRES : Ludovic Schlosser et Ségolène Plyer (respectivement, projets 20/43 et 20/29 sur le site du Collegium Carolinum).

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