23 June 2022

15:30 - 16:00


Check-in, coffee and tea


16:00 - 16:15


Welcome and introduction to the conference by Jacco Pekelder (academic director Dutch Research School Political History and professor of Modern and Contemporary History of the Netherlands, Münster University), Henk te Velde (professor of Dutch History, Leyden University) and Ido de Haan (professor of Political History, Utrecht University)

16:15 - 16:45


How to study political history today? Democracy as embodied practice and national experience.

Keynote by Hedwig Richter (professor of Modern and Contemporary  History Universität des Bundeswehr München)

Richter states that to analyze the crises of democracy in a more accurate way, it is important to look at the history of democracy. It is an “impure” history, a history comprising a disorderly conglomeration of concepts and practices that often contradicted each other. The liberal democracy that emerged from this history, with human dignity at its centre, therefore turns out to be a patchwork, a structure struggling for balance. 

16:45 - 18:15


The state of the art in political history: legacies, challenges and opportunities 

Roundtable with Hedwig Richter, Liesbeth van de Grift (professor International History of the Environment, Utrecht University),  Irène Herrmann (professor in Transnational History of Switzerland, Université de Genève), Giovanni Orsina (professor of Contemporary History at LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome), Anne-Isabelle Richard (assistante professor in History, Leyden University), Ido de Haan (chair).

In this roundtable we will look back at, and look beyond, the crucial shift in our field of study, from ‘political history’ to ‘the history of politics’. What are outstanding or problematic examples of this reorientation in the study of things political? What do we understand better now? What is the most important question we need to address the coming years? Which concept, theory, method, technique, and/or source material do you suggest to grasp the newest, or most relevant issue to study in our discipline in the coming years? 





18:15 - 21:00


Drinks and dinner

24 June 2022

09:00 - 09:30



09:30 - 09:40


Opening and introduction to the conference

Jacco Pekelder


09:40 - 10:30


How to write a long-term history of the political? What modernist can learn from early modernists.

A conversation withJudith Pollmann (professor of Early Modern History,Leyden University) moderated by Henk te Velde about innovation, citizenship and the promixity of politics.

10:30 - 12:15


1) Making sense of universities in contemporary history (Willem Kolffzaal)

2) Norm-setting, power and governance in colonial and political history of the Netherlands-Indonesian relationship 1750-1950 (Tinbergenzaal)

3) The rule of law. Rethinking the political history of law in European and global context (Huizingazaal)

4) Popular Politics of the Environment (Schuurmanzaal)

12:15 - 13:45

Lunch with side events

a) posters with presentations of research of PhD candidates and RMA students (Einthoven/McGillery zaal)

b) Visualizing political history, with Geert Kessels and Pim van Bree (Tinbergenzaal)

13:45 - 15:30


5) Media and democracy (Hugo de Grootzaal)

6) Writing the environment in empires (Willem Kollfzaal)

7) Drivers and defining moments of neoliberalization in Europe (Tinbergenzaal)

8) Local actors and the microdynamics of political conflict (Schuurmanzaal)

15:35 - 16:00


Keynote by Beatrice de Graaf (professor of International and Political History, Utrecht University). 

How the global and the transimperial affect political history – positively. With a case study on collective security after 1815

Prof. De Graaf will address the issue how we might use the approach of global and transimperial history to go back in time and change the questions we ask in the political history of the 19th century.  How should historians of politics respond to the need to both ‘de-center’ and ‘transnationalize’ the history of Europe? How can a global and transimperial history of politics challenge categories of political analysis that take European developments, such as democratization, colonial competition as the norm? Based on current research on collective security in the early 19th century prof. De Graaf will explore how master narratives can be read against the grain and new plots emerge.”

16:00 - 17:00


Long-term and global history of politics

Roundtable with Marnix Beyen (professor of History, Antwerp University), Hagen Schulz-Forberg (associate professor for Global and European History, Aarhus University), Judith Pollmann and Henk te Velde (chair)

17:00 - 18:00

Einthovenzaal & McGillavryzaal


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