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International Conference of the Association for Political History "Layers and Connections of the Political"


"Layers and Connections of the Political"

International Conference of the Association for Political History

14-25 June 2021 - Luiss Guido Carli University Rome, Italy


For its 2020-2021 conference (14-25 June 2021), the Association for Political History ( in collaboration with the Luiss School of Government ( presents a program that considers, in a historical perspective, examples of how the multiple layers of the political have connected and interacted with each other during the last three centuries.

Despite the difficulties of organizing events and travels related to the COVID-19 pandemic, over the past few months dozens of submissions have encouraged us to keep this commitment and move the event online. As a result, we can now present a conference with more than 70 scholars from 19 countries around the world, senior as well as young researchers and PhD candidates.

We have devised a format that runs in 16 sessions from June 14-25, 2021. This includes an opening roundtable on “Layers and Connections of the Political”; nine thematic panels to be  held in the morning sessions; three forums to discuss individual papers on current research presented by young scholars; a speed-date session dedicated to brief discussions (5 minutes) between PhD candidates and senior researchers; a final key note speech by Prof. Vladislav Zubok on his latest book "Collapse" (forthcoming in 2021 with Yale UP).

In this online format, we are constrained to tight timelines and we recommend limiting presentations to 10-15 minutes maximum so that we can devote time to discussion. Unfortunately, we cannot be together for coffee, but we still want to encourage the creation of a space for the exchange of ideas, interconnections and networking. For this, virtual classrooms will be open for those who want to virtually meet and discuss their research in closed sessions.

To discuss your research project at the speed date session, please send an email to by June 18.

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APH 2020-2021 Organizing committee: Giovanni Orsina (Luiss Guido Carli), Henk te Velde (Leiden University), Margit van der Steen (Huygens Institute for Dutch History), Gaia Di Martino (Luiss Guido Carli), Riccardo Mario Cucciolla (Università degli Studi di Napoli L'Orientale)


APH Forum for young scholars on Concepts

APH Forum for young scholars on Identities

APH Forum for young scholars on Institutions

Beyond traditional Cold War Understanding

Delegitimizing party democracy

Environmental Policies as a Multi-Layered Discursive Phenomenon

Places of politics in the Kazakh steppes

Political Participation in Democracy History

Revolution and the language of feelings in Italy

The Conservative Party, Conservative Ideology and the Chanllenge of Change

The Culture of Debate in and beyond Parliament

The Political Life of Things

Keynote Speech