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The collapse of empires in the XXth century: new States and new identities

Effondrements des empires au XXe siècle : nouveaux États et nouvelles identités

Le passé revisité à travers le prisme de la relecture des histoires nationales et de la construction de nouvelles identités

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Published on Wednesday, September 11, 2019


Le XXe siècle a été marqué par l’intensification du processus de changements politiques. Les révolutions, les deux guerres mondiales, la décolonisation, la fin de la guerre froide, la chute de l’Union soviétique et la disparition du bloc socialiste ont réorganisé l’équilibre des forces dans le monde donnant naissance à plusieurs nouveaux États. Il s’agit de s’interroger sur quels fondements culturels et politiques les nouveaux États ont été reconstruits et comment ils ont tenté de construire de nouveaux États-nations. Ce processus est inéluctablement lié à une nouvelle interprétation du passé souvent, pour ne pas dire toujours, axée sur l’ethnocentrisme à degrés variables. Dans le processus de création de nouvelles histoires nationales, il est pertinent de prendre en considération l’appropriation des mouvements nationalistes prise par les pouvoirs officiels soucieux de rallier et de plaire aux populations sensibles aux idées d’extrême droite. Comment évoluent les rapports avec le passé impérial / colonial ? Se manifestent-ils souvent à travers la formule : « histoires nationales versus histoires impériales » ?


24-26 October, 2019, Yerevan (Armenia).


The XXth century was marked by the intensification of the process of political change. Revolutions, two world wars, decolonization, the end of the Cold War, the fall of the Soviet Union and the disappearance of the socialist bloc reorganized the balance of power in the world giving birth to several new States 

Our aim is to examine the cultural and political foundations on which the new States have been re-built and how they have attempted to construct new nation-states. The process is inevitably linked to a new interpretation of the past, often, if not always, centered on varying degrees of ethnocentrism. With new national narratives in the making, it becomes necessary to take into account the appropriation of nationalist movements by governments anxious to appeal to populations sensitive to extreme right wing ideas.

How does the relation to the imperial/colonial past evolve? Does it always manifest itself as "national history vs. imperial history"? And to what degree is it distorted and altered? To what extent does the new approach to historical past become an element of consolidation as well as of internal division in the newborn nations under construction?

We welcome papers that examine topics such as the main trends that characterize the evolution of national historiography through the re-reading of national and imperial histories, their ethnicization and politicization, different traditions and new national myths in states. New approaches in the interpretation of the past and contemporary histories, memory struggles and ethno-glorification of the past in post-imperial/colonial societies may also be developed.

We welcome papers that approach the above-mentioned subjects through the prism of literature, cinema, art and music.

Submission guidelines

Proposals of 300 words in word format in English or French accompanied by a brief CV should be sent to Garik Galstyan (garik.galstyan@univ-lille.fr) and Samvel Poghosyan (poghosyansamvel@yahoo.com)

before August 15, 2019.

The scientific committee of the conference will announce its acceptance of the selected papers by 1 September 2019.

Papers may be presented in French, English, Russian or Armenian.

A selection of essays will be published; authors must submit their papers before 31 December.


Registration deadline: September 30, 2019.

Registration fee 70 EUR (coffee-breaks and publication of selected papers included).

Participants will be in charge of their own travel costs and accommodation.

Conference organizers

  • Faculty of History and Law, Armenian State Pedagogical University (Yerevan, Armenia)
  • CECILLE (Center for Studies in Civilizations, Languages and Foreign Letters), University of Lille (Lille, France)

Scientific Committee

  • Ruben Mirzakhanyan, Rector of Armenian State Pedagogical University after Khachatur Abovyan, Yerevan, Armenia
  • Samvel Poghosyan, Armenian State Pedagogical University after Khachatur Abovyan, Yerevan, Armenia
  • Edgar Hovhannisyan, Dean of faculty History and Law, Armenian State Pedagogical University after Khachatur Abovyan, Yerevan, Armenia
  • Armand Héroguel, MCF-HDR, University of Lille, France
  • Brigitte Gautier, MCF-HDR, University of Lille, France
  • Garik Galstyan, MCF, University of Lille, France
  • Michaela Moravčíková, Dr, Director of Institute for Legal Aspects of Religious Freedom, Trnava University, Slovak Republic
  • Bálint Kovács, Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Budapest-Piliscsaba), Hungary
  • Artak Mkrtichyan, University of Coruna, Spain,
  • Ararat Vardanyan, Artsakh State University, Stepanakert, Artsakh



  • Université pédagogique d'Erevan, 17, Tigran Mets avenue
    Yerevan, Armenia


  • Thursday, August 15, 2019


  • effondrement, empire, identité, passé impérial


  • Garik Galstyan
    courriel : garik [dot] galstyan [at] univ-lille [dot] fr
  • Samvel Poghosyan
    courriel : poghosyansamvel [at] yahoo [dot] com

Information source

  • Garik Galstyan
    courriel : garik [dot] galstyan [at] univ-lille [dot] fr


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« The collapse of empires in the XXth century: new States and new identities », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, https://doi.org/10.58079/138y

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