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History of Experience: Methodologies and Practices

The third international conference of the Centre of Excellence in the History of Experiences (HEX) held at Tampere University, Finland


Date: 2–4 March 2020 
Venue: Tampere University, Finland
Enquiries: reetta.eiranen@tuni.fi
Call for Paper Deadline: 18 November 2019

For updates and other useful information please consult the conference website.

Conference Website


Keynote speakers

Call for Papers

The conference aims to deepen and diversify the methodology of the history of experiences, and to connect it to historian’s practices. What do we do, as historians, when studying and conceptualizing experience? How do we choose methodologies and why, and how they anticipate potential explanations?

History of experience means individual, social, and collective experiences as historically conditioned phenomena. ‘Experience’ refers here to a theoretically and methodologically conceptualized study of human experiences that has potential to bridge structures, ideologies, and individual agency, which has been a difficult gap to close. But potential also includes challenges: How do subjective experiences influence knowledge regimes, social order and divisions, institutions, or other structures, and how do structures shape experiences? How do historians deal with connecting individual and society?

Please submit abstracts (approx. 250 words) for 20-minute paper presentations by 18 November 2019 at the website https://www.lyyti.in/historyofexperience2020_abstracts. You can also propose a whole session with 4 papers maximum. Notifications of acceptance will be sent no later than 16 December 2019. There is no conference fee.

The conference is organized by the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the History of Experiences (HEX), hosted by Tampere University (https://research.uta.fi/hex/). HEX is seeking new ways to study experiences and their role in explaining history. HEX studies experiences as lived realities and focuses on three wide-ranging cultural and societal phenomena: lived religion, lived nation, and lived welfare state.

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions is the official partner for this conference.