10th European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC) 2014

  • Conference Call
  • 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:

    • AfricaTundé Zack-​Williams and Mir­jam de Bruijn
    • Antiq­uityNeville 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.
    • AsiaNan­dini Gooptu and Ratna Sap­tari
    • Crim­i­nal Jus­ticeGuus 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.
    • Cul­tureMarga Altena, Joes Segal and Mag­dalena Elchi­nova
      Cul­tural encoun­ters: Inter­pret­ing the world.
    • Eco­nomic His­toryJochen 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 Child­hoodBengt Sandin
    • Elites and fore­run­nersMarja Vuori­nen
      “From counter-​elites to estab­lish­ment to stag­na­tion, to decline and fall.“
    • Eth­nic­ity and Migra­tionDar­iusz 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 Demog­ra­phyMary-​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 Envi­ron­mentIris 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.
    • LabourElise 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 Amer­icaKim 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 Cul­tureJon 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 AgesAna Maria S.A. Rodrigues and Peter Sta­bel
    • Nurs­ery of soci­ety: polit­i­cal and socioe­co­nomic devel­op­ments in the medieval period
    • Oral His­toryAndrea 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 NationsAnne 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.
    • Reli­gionSil­via 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.
    • RuralDulce 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.
    • Sex­u­al­ityWannes Dupont, Julie Gam­mon and Jens Ryd­strom
      The Sex­u­al­ity net­work brings together schol­ars who study the his­tory of human sex­u­al­ity in its count­less varieties
    • Social Inequal­ityLynn 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 his­toryJeske 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.
    • Tech­nol­ogyAlessan­dro Nuvolari and Erik van der Vleuten
      This net­work stud­ies tech­nol­ogy and tech­no­log­i­cal net­works and their inter­ac­tions with social and eco­nomic change.
    • The­oryThomas Wel­skopp, Ste­fan Berger and Berber Bev­er­nage
    • Urban – John Davis
    • Women and Gen­derBet­tina 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 His­toryDavid 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.

    Con­fer­ence Award

    The ESSHC has estab­lished The Pro­fes­sor Jan Lucassen Award, a prize for the best paper at the ESSHC by a PhD student.

    Entry requirements

    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.

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