Call for Papers

Call for Papers
Baltic Connections:
a Conference in Social Science History
June 16–17, 2022
University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Deadline extended until April 1, 2022!

The Baltic Connections 2022 will take place at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, from June 16 to 17. It is hosted by the Department of History and Ethnology at the University of Jyväskylä together with Economic and Social History discipline at the University of Helsinki. As with the earlier conferences in Helsinki and Jyväskylä, 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. Moreover, we want to promote interdisciplinary encounters and discussions, with the goal of bringing together scholars working in Western, Nordic, Central and East European, Baltic, and Russian universities. We are open to proposals that incorporate new digital technologies and ideas for roundtables.

The third Riitta Hjerppe Lecture in Social Science History will be given by Anne E.C. McCants (MIT). Further solid keynotes will be delivered by Per Högselius (KTH Royal Institute of Technology) and Sakari Saaritsa (University of Helsinki). The conference week is packed with events for historians: Gender & Economy Summer School (June 13-14), Gustav Vasa Seminar (June 15-16), and Baltic Connections (June 16-17).

The deadline for proposals is April 1, 2022. In addition to individual papers, proposals for three to four paper panels are appreciated. The participants will be notified of acceptance on April 16 at the latest. Proposals can be submitted online via the conference submission system. If you have questions about the event, please email balticsocsciencehist@gmail.com.

The conference hosts a session track on History of Technology and Industry sponsored 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. To participate, please choose the technology track in the online submission system. Early career researchers can apply assistance for conference and travel costs. If you have further questions about the track, email balticsocsciencehist+tech@gmail.com. Moreover, the Finnish Quarterly for the History of Technology, Tekniikan Waiheita, offers conference participants the possibility to submit their papers for fast track consideration in the Journal.

The Scandinavian Economic History Review is also offering the possibility for participants at the conference to submit their papers for fast-track consideration for publication. Please remember to note that you are submitting for the fast track when you apply for the conference. An initial screening will be made, based on the submitted abstract. If an abstract is accepted for the fast track, authors will be required to submit a full version of the paper through the SEHR online submission platform (https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/sehr20) two weeks before the conference at the latest. The papers will be presented at separate “fast track sessions”, where an SEHR editor will be present and provide feedback on your work. The authors of the very best submissions will be invited to revise their papers based on these comments within three weeks, and the resubmissions will then be subject to the usual peer review process, with an initial decision made by the end of September 2022. Please note, that the fast track does not in any way preclude other papers from being submitted to the Review.

The organizing institutions are University of Helsinki, University of Jyväskylä, the Finnish Society for the History of Technology, and the Finnish Economic History Association. For more information, please email balticsocsciencehist@gmail.com or Jari Ojala (jari.ojala@jyu.fi) and Merja Uotila (merja.j.uotila@jyu.fi) directly.

Paper and Panel Submission