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 15 October 2017. Contact for more details: Ido de Haan (