23 juni 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 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 juni 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) Drivers and defining moments of neoliberalization in Europe

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

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

4) Popular Politics of the Environment

12:15 - 13:45

Lunch with side events

a) posters with presentations of research of PhD candidates and RMA students

b) Visualizing politics, with Geert Kessels and Pim van Bree

13:45 - 15:30


5) Media and democracy

6) Writing the environment in empires

7) Making sense of universities in contemporary history

8) Local actors and the microdynamics of political conflict

15:30 - 16:00

How to write a global history of politics?

Keynote by Lucy Riall (professor of History, European University Institute Florence). 

Prof. Riall will address the issue how we might use the approach of global history to change the questions we ask in political history.  How should historians of politics respond to the need to de-center the history of Europe? How can a global history of politics challenge categories of political analysis that take European developments as the norm?”

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), Lucy Riall, Judith Pollmann and Henk te Velde (chair)

17:00 - 18:00


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