The International Institute for Social History (IISH) will organize the 10th European Social Science History Conference and invites you to submit papers for inclusion in its programme of panels at this bi-annual conference. The ESSHC 2014 will take place 23 – 26 April 2014 at the University of Vienna in Vienna, Austria.
The aim of the ESSHC is to bring together scholars who explain historical phenomena using the methods of the social sciences.
The conference is characterized by a lively, small group exchange, rather than in formal plenary sessions. The conference is organized in many networks covering specific topics. It welcomes papers and sessions on any historical topic and any historical period.
Conference Topics and Sessions
The ESSHC papers and sessions are organized in many networks covering specific topics. For details of each network and its call for papers, please visit the network’s individual call below:
- Africa – Tundé Zack-Williams and Mirjam de Bruijn
Antiquity – Neville Morley and Arjan Zuiderhoek
The Antiquity Network covers the economic and social history of all societies before the medieval era, but with a particular focus on the Mediterranean region in classical antiquity.
- Asia – Nandini Gooptu and Ratna Saptari
Criminal Justice – Guus Meershoek, Paul Lawrence and Heather Shore
The Criminal Justice Network explores all aspects of crime, policing, justice and punishment in all societies, but with a particular focus on the early-modern and modern periods.
Culture – Marga Altena, Joes Segal and Magdalena Elchinova
Cultural encounters: Interpreting the world.
Economic History – Jochen Streb, Jeroen Touwen and Peter Meyer
Economic history studies from myriad angles the most elementary question of all: how mankind managed to unleash an unprecented growth of affluence, which has been a blessing for many, a hope for many more, and a challenge for future generations. We think that finding empirical data will help us understand these issues, and that applying methods and concepts from economic theory will help to observe causal relationships that deepen our understanding of the economic past.
- Education and Childhood – Bengt Sandin
Elites and forerunners – Marja Vuorinen
“From counter-elites to establishment to stagnation, to decline and fall.“
Ethnicity and Migration – Dariusz Stola, Marlou Schrover, Phillipe Rygiel and Per-Olof Gronberg
From its beginning, the ESSHC has been an important venue for migration researchers (it might be said that it is currently the most important platform). The migration and ethnicity network is not the only ESSHC network that deals with this topic. Also in many of the other networks issues related to migration are addressed. We welcome sessions which deal with movement or settlement, or both. We aim to cover a large time span (from Antiquity until today) and the whole world.
Family and Demography – Mary-Louise Nagata and Per Axelsson
This network addresses the lives of individuals, households, families and population in past societies using a variety of sources. Our network also serves to discuss and develop historical methods, historiographies and the history of science and ideas related to family and demographic history.
Health and Environment – Iris Borowy and Enrique Perdiguero
This network addresses the basics of human wellbeing: health and human environment. Both fields are connected to (almost) all other fields of life, so presentations can address a wide range of health and environment related topics, including social, scientific, cultural, medical, economic, political or climate related aspects.
Labour – Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk, Raquel Varela and Christian de Vito
The Labour Network encompasses all aspects of work, labour relations and labour struggle in a global and long-term perspective, including the influence of these global developments on local cases, and vice versa. Besides class, other constituent elements, such as gender, ethnicity, religion, age and nationality, are believed to be indispensable for the historical analysis of work and workers in their broadest definition.
Latin America – Kim Clark and Paulo Drinot
The Latin America network brings together scholars working on all aspects of the region’s history and of its historical relations with other parts of the world. It is open to, and indeed encourages, inter and multidisciplinary perspectives and comparative approaches to the study of one of world’s most diverse and fascinating regions.
Material and Consumer Culture – Jon Stobart, Lesley Whitworth and Ilja van Damme
Products, environments, circuits and people
Our focus in this network is on the production and consumption of material goods, and the systems of exchange, knowledge and meaning that link these together. We are concerned with the materiality of objects, technologies and environments, and the ways in which this creates discourses and impacts upon people and space. This is closely tied to an interest in the social and cultural frameworks within which these material objects circulate and acquire or generate meaning.
- Middle Ages – Ana Maria S.A. Rodrigues and Peter Stabel
- Nursery of society: political and socioeconomic developments in the medieval period
Oral History – Andrea Strutz, Graham Smith and Timothy Asplant
Memory, Narrative, History.
The Network brings together oral historians and life stories practitioners who use oral histories to explore memory, narrative and history.
Politics, Citizenship, and Nations – Anne Epstein and José Reis Santos
The Politics, Citizenship and Nations network brings together scholars studying all aspects of the history of politics, broadly understood as both formal and informal dimensions of political activity, expression, and governance. We welcome creative, comparative and transnational contributions from all historical periods and geographical contexts, as well as more traditional and/or nation-state centered approaches and reflections on theory and methods.
Religion – Silvia Evangelisti and Patrick Pasture
As religions and spiritualities have inspired and motivated the lives and acting of millions everywhere on this planet, and continue to do so, this network discusses all forms of spiritual beliefs and behaviour as well as practices inspired by ideologies explicitly acting against expressions of religious or spiritual engagement.
Rural – Dulce Freire and Anton Schuurman
Rural History embraces economic, social, ecological, geographical, demographical, cultural and political approaches to the rural. World food needs, rural heritage, management of natural resources are all relevant topics of rural history for us as are productivity change in agriculture or transfer of property and rural organization. We believe that the use of comparisons between periods and regions can strengthen our discipline. Finally we want to be a forum where new sources and methods for the many branches of rural history can be tested and discussed.
Sexuality – Wannes Dupont, Julie Gammon and Jens Rydstrom
The Sexuality network brings together scholars who study the history of human sexuality in its countless varieties
Social Inequality – Lynn Hollen Lees and Marco van Leeuwen
The social Inequality network deals with patterns and processes of social inequality, its causes and consequences globally. Any topic within this realm is welcome: e.g. charity, mutual aid, philanthropy, welfare, social stratification, income differences, segregation, and mobility.
Spatial and digital history – Jeske van der Velden, Sebastian Klüsener and Ian Gregory
This network is concerned with using digital technologies to study the past. It has a particular emphasis on the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial History but all IT-based approaches are welcome. The network welcomes papers that are concerned with digital sources, methodologies and applied scholarship.
Technology – Alessandro Nuvolari and Erik van der Vleuten
This network studies technology and technological networks and their interactions with social and economic change.
- Theory – Thomas Welskopp, Stefan Berger and Berber Bevernage
- Urban – John Davis
Women and Gender – Bettina Brandt, Elisabeth Elgan and Marianna Muravyeva
The Women and Gender network is one of the lagest networks of the ESSHC.
It addresses gender as a historically and culturally variable category that is constitutive of classifying and interpreting the social world, of organizing social and power relations, of producing knowledge (such as historical knowledge), and of shaping experiences of women and men in the past. The network is welcoming research that is crossing epochs, regions, and disciplines. A specific theme is chosen for every conference.
World History – David Lindenfield and Matthias Middell
The network invites submissions on all issues related to world/global history
What is a network?
The networks are created to organize and structure the conference program. With at least a 1000 papers and 375 sessions per conference it is important to streamline both the acceptance and programming processes. Networks also make it easier for participants to find their way in and around the program. To propose your paper or a session to a network, you do not have to be a member (as the networks do not have members) or a regular. When you send in your proposal (online!) you simply select the network you think fits your subject best. When in doubt, contact the chairs of the network(s) you are considering.
It is quite feasible that you will select a different network than before, as your research topic has shifted to another area.
The networks are led by voluntary chairs, experts in their field.
What a network is not
A network is NOT a small association or club within the ESSHC organization.
The ESSHC has established The Professor Jan Lucassen Award, a prize for the best paper at the ESSHC by a PhD student.
The papers should be written by a PhD student, in English, and has to be accepted in the ESSHC program.
The paper should be based on original research, innovative and should explicitly strive to explain historical phenomena using the methods of the social sciences. Papers with an international comparative approach are preferred. The maximum length of the paper should be no more than 8,000 words.
How to apply
When you register for the conference you can select the box in the registration form that you wish to enter your paper if accepted in the program, or you can send an e-mail to the conference organizer to apply.
The paper should be uploaded to the conference website by 1 February 2014.
The paper should also be submitted digitally to the jury, accompanied by a short letter of recommendation by the PhD supervisor by 1 February 2014. You can send your paper to the conference secretariat for distribution to the jury members.
The ESSHC has a cash prize of € 500 and a one year subscription to theInternational Review of Social History, available for the winning paper.