Marburg, July 3-5, 2019
The way we view states has changed considerably over the past one and a half centuries. Imperial power is no longer seen as a criterion for successful statehood, while political experts of 19th century Europe would not have focused on economic growth and contemporary standards of good governance to determine whether a state will prosper or not.
A critical, historical perspective thus challenges the objectivity of today’s methods of state assessment and sharpens our understanding of how markers of statehood have changed as part of broader historical developments. Further developing this historical perspective is the objective of a three-day interdisciplinary conference hosted in Marburg by the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe and the University of Birmingham. The conference will bring historians and political scientists together to critically scrutinise modern frameworks of state assessment by bringing them into
connection with their historical roots. Thus, the conference will provide an alternative approach to the history of international relations as well as of the modern social sciences.
deadline: January 15, 2019
Dr. Klaus Richter, University of Birmingham
PD Dr. Heidi Hein-Kircher, Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, Marburg