Call for Papers
Baltic Connections 2024: a Conference in Social Science History
June 12–14, 2024, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
The Baltic Connections 2024 will take place at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, from June 12–14. It is hosted by the University of Jyväskylä and the Department of History and Ethnology. As with the earlier conferences, we aim to bring together scholars working on comparative, economic, social, global, and other types of history and related social sciences to address various “East-West” historical processes and events as well as comparative and transnational analysis, including at the Baltic region, Europe, and the world. Potential topics include but are not limited to trade, migration, comparative development, international political economy and the diffusion and transplantation of institutions, ideas and cultural influences. We hope to promote interdisciplinary encounters and discussions, with the goal of bringing together scholars working in Western, Nordic, Central and East European, Baltic, and other universities. We are open to proposals that incorporate new digital technologies and ideas for roundtables. This year’s conference will also be a formal pre-conference host for the 2025 World Economic History Congress to be held in Lund. We particularly welcome panel proposals for single or double sessions which are also planned for the World Congress. Please note this somewhere in the proposal.
The fifth Riitta Hjerppe Lecture in Social Science History will be given by Naomi Lamoreaux (Yale University). Additional plenary sessions will be delivered by Matthias Kipping (York University in Canada), and Hanna Kuusi (University of Helsinki).
The deadline for proposals is February 28, 2024. In addition to individual papers, proposals for whole three to four paper panels are also appreciated. The participants will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis and by March 30 at the latest. Proposals can be submitted by using the form available on the conference website. Proposals for papers should be up to 500 words and for panels, a panel description of up to 500 words plus a listing of papers and/or presenters with brief individual paper abstracts.
Several special tracks will be organized. The Scandinavian Economic History Review is offering a special fast-track consideration. Please specify that you would like to be considered for this in the paper proposal. We kindly ask for the submission of full papers intended for the fast track via email one month prior to the conference (email@example.com). The conference hosts also a session track on History of Technology and Industry organized by the Finnish Society for the History of Technology. The session track accepts paper and session proposals about all aspects of history of technology and industry but focuses especially on the theme of transnational and regional histories in the Nordic and Baltic areas. Moreover, the Finnish Quarterly for History of Technology, Tekniikan Waiheita, also offers conference participants the possibility to submit their papers for fast-track consideration in the journal.
The conference will be held in-person, and we cannot guarantee a hybrid option for participation. Conference fees, student discounts, as well as the possibility to apply for SSESH’s travel grants will be announced on the conference website. The organizing institutions consist of University of Jyväskylä, University of Helsinki, the Finnish Society for the History of Technology, and the Finnish Economic History Association. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.