International Conference: The State of the Art in the History of Politics

International Conference: The State of the Art in the History of Politics

Call: elevator pitches and speed dates                      

Are you an academic, conducting research or designing a research plan and looking for collaboration with colleagues at home and abroad? Are you a historian active in the fields of education, culture or media, and would you like to share your ideas, services or requests with your fellow historians? Present your message in a one minute elevator pitch at the OPG Conference The State of the Art in the History of Politics. The pitches will be followed by twelve minute speed dates at which you can find your match. Please send an abstract of your contribution to: Pieter Slaman ( before 1 September 2017.

Call: poster presentations (in Dutch)

De doelstelling van de posterpresentaties is om (afgestudeerde) researchmasterstudenten en (buiten)promovendi de kans geven hun onderzoek en onderzoeksplannen onder de aandacht te brengen bij een breed publiek aan politiek historici. Jonge onderzoekers kunnen daarbij de posterpresentaties gebruiken als korte pitch om hun onderzoeksplannen te ontvouwen, als uiteenzetting van hun onderzoeksproject als geheel te presenteren, of om specifieke resultaten onder de aandacht te brengen van het aanwezige publiek. Voor de bezoekers van de conferentie is het omgekeerd een goede mogelijkheid om een overzicht te krijgen van de stand van zaken van actueel politiek historisch onderzoek in Nederland.


  • De kandidaat is van plan politiek-historisch onderzoek te gaan doen of doet onderzoek op het terrein van politieke geschiedenis.
  • De Poster moet gemaakt worden op A0 formaat (liggend: 118,9 cm (B) x 84,1 cm (H)).
  • Voor tips en suggesties over een goede poster worden kandidaten verwezen naar de website van de American Historical Association.
  • Costs for preparing the poster may be reimbursed (up to 15 euro).

Contact: Leonard van ’t Hul ( before 1 September 2017


Call to participate in a research sandpit

Sandpits are a method to formulate innovative research projects across disciplinary boundaries, first developed  by the British Engineering and Physical Science Council (see In the context of this two-day conference, we will experiment with an adapted version, that is much shorter, and also has more modest aims than to develop a full research proposal or to distribute substantial amounts of research money. The sandpit consist of a group of 15-20 people from different disciplinary backgrounds and varied historical interests, led by a technical chair and two mentors, who in four sessions of one hour try to create one or several research groups which formulate a research project. Each sandpit has a central theme, connected to (one of) the main themes of the conference (political culture, political institutions, global history and the political history of the social). The first sessions is aimed to find partners within the sand pit; the second session is aimed to formulate a research problem; in the third session a rudimentary research plan is formulated; in the final session, each group presents its research plan.


Researchers interested in the sandpit are requested to apply before the conference, with a one-page CV, a list of five main publication and 100 words description of field of interest. The chairs and mentors of the sandpits decide who is participating in his/her sandpit.


Application can be send to Ido de Haan ( , deadline 1 October 2017. Contact for more details: Ido de Haan (