Author: Margrit Pernau1
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  • 1 Max Plank Institute for Human Development, Berlin

With this issue, the editorial team transition that has been going on for the past year is complete. Sinai Rusinek has been at the head of Contributions since 2009. The first two years were spent finding a new home for the journal. Since 2011, we have been publishing with Berghahn Journals, and the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute has assisted us with a generous grant, for which we are truly grateful.

The next five years were of tremendous importance for Contributions, and it is thanks to Sinai Rusinek’s untiring efforts, and to the support she received from Ilana Brown as managing editor, that we stand where we are now, with a rising number of subscriptions, both by individuals and by libraries. In addition to being hosted on the journal’s main online platform, the articles, as of 2016, can also be found on JSTOR, with a moving wall of three years. Being better known in the community has the added advantage of an increasing flow of submissions. A very big thank-you to Sinai! She will be sorely missed, but fortunately we can still rely on her advice as a member of the editorial board.

Since 1 January 2017, Contributions is affiliated with the Helsinki Centre for Intellectual History and financed by the University of Helsinki.

Our New Editorial Team

  • Jani Marjanen, University of Helsinki (since 1 January 2016)

  • Jan Ifversen, University of Aarhus (since 1 July 2016)

  • Margrit Pernau, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin (since 1 January 2017)

Joined by two book reviews editors:

  • Rieke Trimçev, University of Greifswald (since 1 July 2013)

  • Gabriel Entin, Centro de Historia Intelectual-Universidad Nacional de Quilmes (CONICET-UNQ) (since 1 April 2017)

As well as two social media editors:

  • Frederik Schröer, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin (since 1 January 2017)

  • Luc Wodzicki, Freie Universität, Berlin (since 1 January 2017)

And we are very happy that Ilana Brown will stay with us as managing editor.

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Aims for the Journal

The history of concepts has steadily grown, both geographically and intellectually. Today, it is established in many countries and languages, from Latin America to Korea, from Finland to South Africa. The History of Concepts Group (HCG), the parent organization of Contributions, was founded in 1998 and has hosted annual meetings since then. Concepta has conducted its eleventh summer school in 2016, and for the first time a summer school was also offered in Mexico City for training young Spanish-speaking conceptual historians. We hope to build on this development. In order to improve the communication between historians of concepts publishing in different languages, we plan to open a special rubric with articles on the state of the art in a number of regions in the near future.

Topically, we wish to keep the focus on concepts in history but also in the present, bringing together historians, political scientists, political theorists, linguists, philosophers, and researchers in cultural studies. Yet we also want to reflect the dynamic of the field and look toward the future. Where is the history of concepts heading? Where do we want to be ten years from now? We invite articles reflecting on the future challenges—including, but not limited to, the impact of digital humanities, the possibility of moving beyond language, and the relation between the history of knowledge and the history of concepts—but also continuing the debate of the interface between the rapidly expanding field of the history of time and temporality and the investigation of concepts.


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