Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies
Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity
University of Birmingham
International conference on Nationalism and Historiography
Title: Nationalism, Historiography and the (Re)construction of the Past
10th -11th September 2004, Birmingham, UK.
Nationalism, Historiography and the (Re)construction of the Past
The teleological nature of history encourages historians to retroactively imagine or construct past communities in accordance with contemporary cartographies. Today these cartographies are dominated by the nation-state and its territorially oriented mapping of geo-political space. How has the vocabulary of nationalism affected our construction of the past? How has this superseded earlier imaginations of physical, political and moral spacialities?
We are looking for case-study focused papers set in a broader theoretical context which directly address these, and related, questions.
Possible topics may include:
The relation between nationalism and different types of historical writing (scholarly, literary, popular and textbook), archaeology (tourism, and museums) and visual images (film, and painting).
The impact of nationalism on renaming practices (of places, people and institutions), the imagination of self and other and the legitimisation of violence.
The differences between nationalist and nation-state dominated histories
Confirmed speakers include: Prof. John Breuilly (Birmingham University)
Proposals from established and junior scholars in all areas of the humanities and social sciences are encouraged for this interdisciplinary conference. Proposals (including title, 250-500 word abstract, affiliation of participant, full contact information and a brief CV) and enquiries should be sent to Marios Hadjianastasis and Claire Norton at the email below before 31/12/03.
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