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National Identification from Below

Europe from the late 18th century to the end of the First World War

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Publié le lundi 03 décembre 2007 par Raphaëlle Daudé

Résumé

The last three decades, the discourse, myths, symbols and rites of the most diverse nations and national(ist) movements, have been amply studied. Much of this research, however, is informed by a limited conception of the constructivist paradigm, interpreting national identity as a middle and upper class concern brought to the masses through a whole range of nationalising media (schools, army, press, monarchy, church, etc.) overemphasizing the idea of elite construction ex nihilo (as if dominant groups can randomly choose which myth they want to 'feed' to the masses). This conference wants to study not only the production of national discourse, but also its appropriation by 'ordinary people' and the masses' creativity in forging new national symbols from below. The intended audience includes historians, political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists, ethnographers, ...

Annonce

National identification from below. Europe from the late 18th century to the end of the First World War

International Conference

Ghent (Belgium), 7-8 March 2008

The last three decades, the discourse, myths, symbols and rites of the most diverse nations and national(ist) movements, have been amply studied. Much of this research, however, is informed by a limited conception of the constructivist paradigm, interpreting national identity as a middle and upper class concern brought to the masses through a whole range of nationalising media (schools, army, press, monarchy, church, etc.) overemphasizing the idea of elite construction ex nihilo (as if dominant groups can randomly choose which myth they want to 'feed' to the masses). This conference wants to study not only the production of national discourse, but also its appropriation by 'ordinary people' and the masses' creativity in forging new national symbols from below. The intended audience includes historians, political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists, ethnographers, ...

This conference is organised by the Department of Modern and Contemporary history at Ghent University and the Department of history at Antwerp University, in collaboration with the ADVN - Archival and documentation center of Flemish nationalism, and supported by the Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO).

Programme committee

  • Anthony D. Smith (London School of Economics), honorary member
  • Heinz-Gerhard Haupt (European University Institute)
  • Martyn Lyons (University of New South Wales)
  • Gerard Noiriel (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en sciences sociales)
  • Niek Van Sas (University of Amsterdam)
  • Jakob Vogel (Centre Marc Bloch. Deutsch-franzoesisches Zentrum fuer Sozialwissenschaften)
  • Key-note speakers
  • John Breuilly (London School of Economics)
  • Heinz-Gerhard Haupt (European University Institute)
  • Martyn Lyons (University of New South Wales)
  • Ilaria Porciani (University of Bologna)

Registration

Register at www.frombelow.ugent.be/registration.php
Before 31 December 2007: two-day attendance: 100 euro, one-day attendance: 60 euro.
After 31 December 2007: two-day attendance: 130 euro, one-day attendance: 70 euro.
Special rates for bachelor and master students

Contact: Dr. Maarten Van Ginderachter, Vakgroep Nieuwste Geschiedenis, Universteit Gent, Blandijnberg 2, B-9000 Gent, T: +/32/(0)9/264 40 02, E: frombelow@UGent.be
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Provisional programme

Friday 7 March 2008

9.00-9.15 Introduction by Marnix Beyen (Antwerp University) and Maarten Van Ginderachter (Ghent University)

9.15-11.00 Plenary session 1 presided by Jakob Vogel (Centre Marc Bloch. Deutsch-französisches Zentrum für Sozialwissenschaften)

  • John Breuilly (LSE), key-note address
    What does it mean to say that nationalism is “popular”?
  • Oliver Zimmer (University of Oxford)
    Nationalism and the reshaping of German towns, 1860-1900
  • James Brophy (University of Delaware)
    Which Political Nation? The Popular Public Sphere in the Rhenish Borderlands, 1800-1848

Discussion

11.00-11.30 Break

11.30-12.50 Plenary session 2 presided by Marnix Beyen

  • Heinz-Gerhard Haupt (European University Institute), key-note address
  • Laurence Cole (University of Norwich)

Discussion

12.50-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.45

  • Parallel session 1 presided by Sébastien Dubois (National Archives of Belgium in Liège)
  • Parallel session 2 presided by Thomas Buerman (Ghent University)
  • Stephanie M. Hilger (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Regula Engel: A (Swiss?) Amazon in Napoleonic Times
  • Anna Kuismin (Literary Archives of the Finnish Literature Society & University of Helsinki), Discourses of ‘Enlightenment’ and Nationalism in the Autobiography of a 19th century Finnish Peasant
  • Dora M. Dumont (State University of New York College at Oneonta), Romans Encounter the Nation: City and Province in 1870

Discussant: Martin Lyons (University of New South Wales)

Discussion

  • Silvia Cresti (Freie Universität Berlin), Fatherland in the Province: Jewish Communities in Silesia during the 19th Century and German Identification
  • Tom Verschaffel (University of Leuven, campus Kortrijk), Between nations. Multiple identifications among Belgian migrants in Northern France, 1830-1914
  • Miika Tervonen (European University Institute), ‘Peasants’, ‘Gypsies’ and ‘travellers’: nationalism and ethnic boundary-drawing in Finland and Sweden, c.1850-1920

Discussant: Oliver Zimmer (University of Oxford)

Discussion

15.45-16.15 Break

16.15-16.40 Ilaria Porciani (University of Bologna), key-note address
Nationalism and women from the middle and lower middle classes in Italy

16.40-17.00 Discussion

Saturday 8 March 2008

9.00-10.45 Plenary session 3 presided by Maarten Van Ginderachter (Ghent University)

  • Martyn Lyons (University of New South Wales), key-note adress
    Recovering the ‘lost provinces’: how the Poilus discovered Alsace, 1914-1918
  • Jean-François Chanet (Université Lille III)
    ‘From the wound a flower grows’ – A re-examination of French patriotism in the face of the Franco-Prussian war
  • Miguel Cabo Villaverde (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela)
    An inconvenient nation. Nation-building and national identity in Spain

Discussion

10.45-11.15 Break

11.15-12.35 Plenary session 4 presided by Luc Boeva (ADVN)

  • Andrew Thompson (University of Leeds)
    Empire and National Identity: the case of the British
  • Margot Finn (Warwick University)
    Familiar Others: Family, Household and Kin Identities among the Anglo-Indian Elite, c. 1780-1830

Discussion

12.35-13.30 Lunch

13.30-15.15

Parallel session 3 presided by Bruno De Wever (Ghent University)
Parallel session 4 presided by Luc Boeva (ADVN)
  • Lone Kolle Martinsen (European University Institute), A Danish case study. The reception of B. S. Ingemann’s historical novels
  • Francesco Dall’Aglio (University of Rome), The mountain, the bandit and the monk: popular forms of nationalism in Bulgaria, 1762 to 1914
  • Theodora Dragostinova (Ohio State University), Speaking National in the 1906 Anti-Greek Movement in Bulgaria

Discussant and discussion

  • Antoon Vrints (Ghent University), ‘As there are potatoes in the country, they belong to us, Belgians’. Well-being and lower class national identification in Belgium during the First World War
  • Eberhard Fritz (Altshausen), „Als Mann ins Feld, zurueck als Held“ Postcards as a patriotic mass medium during the First World War
  • Victor Rizescu (University of Bucharest), Debating National Betrayal: Romanian Collaborators during World War I

Discussant: Jakob Vogel (Centre Marc Bloch. Deutsch-französisches Zentrum für Sozialwissenschaften)

Discussion

15.15-15.45 Break

15.45-17.00 Conclusions by and plenary discussion presided by
Niek Van Sas (University of Amsterdam)

Catégories

Lieux

  • Belgique, Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, B-9000 Gent, Belgique
    Gand, Belgique

Dates

  • vendredi 07 mars 2008
  • samedi 08 mars 2008

Mots-clés

  • construction d'identités nationales

Contacts

  • Maarten Van Ginderachter
    courriel : frombelow [at] ugent [dot] be

Source de l'information

  • Maarten Van Ginderachter
    courriel : frombelow [at] ugent [dot] be

Pour citer cette annonce

« National Identification from Below », Colloque, Calenda, Publié le lundi 03 décembre 2007, http://calenda.org/193979