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Culture of Power, Power of Culture

Culture du pouvoir, pouvoir de la culture

Circulation of Knowledge in the Baltic Sea Region From the Middle Age to the early 20th century

Circulation des savoirs autour de la mer baltique du Moyen Âge au début du XXe siècle

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Published on Thursday, June 11, 2020


After a first edition around the theme "Education, pedagogy and training" held on March 5, 2020, we are pleased to announce that a second edition of the study day, "Circulation of knowledge around the Baltic Sea Region from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century" will be held. It will be held in Toulouse on Thursday 4 March 2021 and will be based on the theme : "Culture of power, power of culture. "This day is part of a desire to meet around a geographical area, the Baltic Sea Region (Northern Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden) in order to exchange between researchers and to highlight their work. It is aimed at both young Masters and more experienced researchers.



Through the practice of cultural and political history, Tim Blanning in his eponymous book, The Culture of Power and the Power of Culture (2002), aims at a comprehensive study of this theme in the case of eighteenth-century Europe. Hailed for its comparative approach and its great mastery of the German-speaking world, this work is, however, limited to the trinity of Germany, France and England, leaving Eastern and Northern Europe aside. The Baltic region finds refuge only in the use of well-known personalities such as Frederick II of Prussia and Catherine II of Russia.

Today, in France, research around the Baltic Sea is contrasted between a deep knowledge of some subjects and others that remain obscure. However, this area remains the point of origin and the testing ground for many theories in all disciplines. At first glance, its geographical position and history may seem confined, making it difficult for those unfamiliar with it to study it. Often considered as a peripheral region where the centre would be the West (especially France, Germany, England), it was seen as receptive and not as a producer of cultural and political ideas. For Thomas DaCosta Kauffmann, this region still suffers from notions, such as cultural transfers, which consider "the Baltic merely as a recipient of such transfer, not its sources ". (KAUFFMANN T. D, "Baltic Reflections", p.19). 

This second edition of the study day focuses on the relative issues of power culture and the power of culture, placing them around the Baltic as a place of creation and encounter. The two strong notions of power and culture are transdisciplinary notions, addressed and treated at the same time in history, art history, geography, linguistics and literature. 

Over the centuries, this cultural crossroads of Europe has been swept away by political, intellectual and artistic power games which have guided the behaviour of people in society and defined a shared sense of identity. Depending on the times, personalities (monarchs, thinkers, artists, diplomats, etc.) and institutions (ministries, academies, universities, museums, etc.) have sought to redefine their attachment to the rest of the world or to refocus on their own identity.

The theme could be approached along the following lines :

  • The relationships between different actors : between those who govern and those who are governed, artists and patrons, teachers and students, etc.; thinkers and theorists of the power of culture ; 
  • Art, propaganda and politics: royal, political and national propaganda; literature (theatre, novels, poetry, etc.); art (painting, sculpture, etc.); artistic and literary trends ; 
  • Representations of power: royal power, intellectual power, power of the elites, etc. ;
  • Obtaining, legitimizing and imposing: a king to subjects, elites to the people, a master to his apprentices ;
  • Political and cultural borrowings: elsewhere as a source of inspiration ;
  • Places of cultural power: founding gestures (creation of universities, academies, schools, museums, galleries, etc.), theatres, operas, courtyards, gardens, public squares, museums.

Submission Guidelines

Each proposal must contain a short bio-bibliographical note (name, surname, e-mail address and academic affiliation) and a short abstract of the paper accompanied by a provisional title (max. 1,500 characters including spaces). We accept interventions in French and English. 

No later than Friday October 2 2020

at these two email : lisal.castro@gmail.com and hugo.tardy@univ-tlse2.fr .

Date and place

  • Date :  2021 March 4th
  • Place : Hôtel d'Assézat, Toulouse.

Organizing committee

  • Lisa Castro, doctorante en histoire contemporaine à l’Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès
  • Hugo Tardy, doctorant en histoire de l’art moderne à l’Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès

Scientific Committee

Marie-Thérèse Duffau, chargée de recherche CNRS, Laboratoire FRAMESPA (UMR 5136) - Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès.

Pascal Julien, Professeur d’histoire de l’art à l’Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès.

Jean-Marc Olivier, Professeur d’histoire à l’Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès.

Anne Perrin-Khelissa, Maître de conférences à l’Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès.





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BEAUREPAIRE Pierre-Yves (dir.), POURCHASSE Pierrick (dir.), Les circulations internationales en Europe années 1680-années 1780, Rennes, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2010, 501 p.

BLAKESLEY Rosalind Polly, The Russian canvas: painting in imperial Russia, 1757-1881, Londres, Yale University press, 2016, 365 p.

BONDIL Nathalie (éd.), Catherine la Grande : un art pour l'Empire : [exposition, Musée des beaux-arts de l'Ontario, du 1er octobre 2005 au 1er janvier 2006, Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, du 2 février au 7 mai 2006], Gand, Snoeck, 2005, 318 p.

BRIENS Sylvain, KYLHAMMAR Martin, Poétocratie. Les écrivains à l'avant-garde du modèle suédois, Paris, Les Éditions d’Ithaque, 2016, 384 p.

CARVER Martin, The Cross Goes North. Processes of Conversion in Northern Europe, AD 300-1300, York, York Medieval Press, 2003, 608 p.

DOSSIN Catherine, JOYEUX-PRUNEL Béatrice, KAUFMANN Thomas DaCosta, Circulations in the global history of art, Londres, New York, Routledge, Taylor & Francis group, 2015, 247 p.

GAUTIER Alban, ROSSIGNOL Sébastien (dir.), De la Mer du Nord à la Mer Baltique. Identités, contacts et communications au Moyen-Âge, Lille, Ceges, 2018, 260 p.

KAUFMANN Thomas DaCosta, « Baltic Reflections », Baltic Journal of Art History, vol.9, 2015, p. 11-22.

KONSA Kurmo, «Heritage as a Socio-Cultural Construct: Problems of Definition»,  Baltic Journal of Art History, vol. 6, 2013, p. 123- 149.

MAILLEFER Jean-Marie, SCHNAKENBOURG Éric, La Scandinavie à l’époque moderne : fin XVe début XIXe siècle, Paris, Belin, 2010, 267 p.

SPARITIS Ojars, "Some aspects of cultural interaction between Sweden and Latvian part of Livonia in the 17. century", Baltique Journal of Art History, vol.3, 2011, p.79-104.

SCHNAKENBOURG Éric (éd.), Figure du Nord, Scandinavie, Groenland et Sibérie, Perceptions et représentation des espaces septentrionaux du Moyen Âge au XVIIIe siècle, Rennes, PUR, 2012, 252 p.

LEHTONEN Tuomas M. S., MORNET Elisabeth, Les élites nordiques et l’Europe occidentale (XIIe-XVe siècle), Paris, Publications de La Sorbonne, 2007, 320 p.

WOLFF Larry, Inventing Eastern Europe: the map of civilization on the mind of the enlightenment, Stanford, Stanford University Press, 1994, 419 p.

WORTMAN Richard S., Scenarios of Power: Myth and Ceremony in Russian Monarchy from Peter the Great to the Abdication of Nicholas II - New Abridged One-Volume Edition, Princeton University Press., Princeton, 2006, 512 p.

Revue d’histoire nordique, “Peuples et pouvoir en Europe du Nord (1)”, n°21, 2ème trimestre, Toulouse, Pôle européen Jean Monnet, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, 2015. 

Revue d’histoire nordique, “Peuples et pouvoir en Europe du Nord (2)”, n°22, 1er trimestre, Toulouse, Pôle européen Jean Monnet, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, 2016.


  • Hôtel d'Assézat, Place d'Assezat, 31000 Toulouse
    Toulouse, France (31)


  • Friday, October 02, 2020


  • pouvoir, culture, représentation, propagande, légitimer, imposer, emprunt, peinture, sculpture, théâtre, littérature, Baltique, Scandinavie, Europe du Nord, circulation, Finlande, Suède, Russie, Danemark, Lettonie, Lituanie, Estonie, Pologne, Allema


  • Lisa Castro
    courriel : lisal [dot] castro [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Lisa Castro
    courriel : lisal [dot] castro [at] gmail [dot] com


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« Culture of Power, Power of Culture », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, June 11, 2020, https://doi.org/10.58079/1502

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