The International Society for Cultural History invites paper and panel proposals for its 2020 annual conference on Cultures of Participation and Belonging.

Topics may include (but are by no means limited to):

Locations of belonging

Intentions of (self)exclusion

Socio-economic reasons for exclusion

Forms of affiliation and membership

Discrimination (positive and negative)

Shaping identities

Narratives of exclusion and/or belonging

Knowledge and Belonging

Relationship between scientific discourse and common knowledge on exclusion or belonging,

Methods of enclosure, expulsion and sorting

Representations of belonging in art and literature

In addition, we also warmly welcome papers or panels discussing:

Theory and methodology of cultural history,

New approaches to cultural history

History of cultural history

This year the society also welcomes poster presentations by PhD-Students, who like to showcase their projects by the presentation of a poster.

Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in length and delivered in English:

Individual paper proposals should consist of an abstract (not exceeding 300 words) and a 1-2 page CV.

Panel proposals should consist of the name of the organizer, an overview of the panel (not exceeding 500 words), abstracts for each paper (not to exceed 300 words), and 1-2 page CVs for each presenter.

DEADLINE: 15. January 2019

Proposals and inquiries should be sent to:

Those whose abstracts are accepted for presentation will be expected to become members of the ISCH. Further details can be found on the society’s website: