In 2024, the eleventh conference in this series on the history of the humanities will be hosted by the Lund Center for the History of Knowledge (LUCK), Lund University between 9 and 11 October 2024. Call for papers and panels is now open.
Goal of the Making of the Humanities (MoH) Conferences
The MoH conferences are organized by the Society for the History of the Humanities and bring together scholars and historians interested in the history of a wide variety of fields, including archaeology, art history, historiography, linguistics, literary studies, media studies, musicology, and philology, tracing these fields from their earliest developments to the modern day.
We welcome panels and papers on any period or region. We are especially interested in work that transcends the history of specific humanities disciplines by comparing scholarly practices across disciplines and civilisations.
This year’s special conference theme is Shifting Cultures of Knowledge in the History of the Humanities. In 2024, we encourage papers that address the history of the humanities in relation to broader, multidisciplinary studies on knowledge and scholarship. In what ways can the role of knowledge in the history of the humanities be understood and analyzed? To what extent have the humanities fostered specific cultures of knowledge? Is it time to rethink the history of the humanities in relation to other epistemic formations? Has the relationship between the history of the humanities and the history of the human/social sciences been sufficiently explored? How should the history of the humanities be understood in light of longstanding debates on the so-called two (or three) cultures and their respective functions and values?
Although we invite submissions that explore this theme, we remain fully open to abstracts addressing other subjects as well.
Please note that the Making of the Humanities conferences are not concerned with the history of art, the history of music or the history of literature, and so on, but instead with the history of art history, the history of musicology, the history of literary studies/philology, etc.
Suzanne Marchand (Louisiana State University): Title TBA
Helge Jordheim (University of Oslo): Title TBA
Abstracts of single papers (30 minutes including discussion) should contain the name of the speaker, full contact address (including email address), the title and a summary of the paper of maximally 250 words. Submit you abstract here.
Deadline for abstracts: May 1
Notification of acceptance: June
Panels last 90 minutes and can consist of 3-4 papers and possibly a commentary on a coherent theme including discussion. Panel proposals should contain respectively the name of the chair, the names of the speakers and commentator, contact information, the title of the panel, titles of the individual papers, a description of the panel’s content and aims, including brief summaries of each paper (400 words). Submit your panel proposal here.
Deadline for panel proposals: May 1
Notification of acceptance: June
More information about the conference fee will follow, but we will try to keep it as low as possible. The fee includes access to all sessions, access to the welcoming reception, lunches and tea and/or coffee during the breaks.
Each presenter also needs to be a member of the Society for the History of the Humanities ($30 for PhD students, $60 for others). Membership includes subscription to the journal History of Humanities. Click here to become a member of SHOH.
Local Organizing Committee: Isak Hammar, Hampus Östh Gustafsson, Johan Östling (Lund University)
Program Committee: The Society of the History of the Humanities’ Board of Events – Isak Hammar, chair (Lund University), Eric Hayot (Penn State University), Judith Kaplan (Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine), Camilla de Simone (University of Chieti), Floris Solleveld (University of Bristol)
Lund University is based in the city of Lund in the south of Sweden. The main campus buildings of Lund University are located in the center of Lund and are an approximate 5-20 minutes’ walk from the Lund C, railway station.
Conference venue: LUX building Lund University
Venue address: Helgonavägen 3, Lund, Sweden.
Conference participants are asked to make their travel arrangements and pay for their own tickets.
You can find more information about travel and accomodation by following these links: