The aim of this interdisciplinary workshop is to examine the interactions between class, gender, nation, race and culture in European discourses of inclusion and exclusion in the so-called ‘long nineteenth century’. This period, extending from the French Revolution to the outbreak of World War I, witnessed significant changes in almost all social relations: the scientific revolution, the industrial revolution with the political awakening of the bourgeoisie and the mobilization of the working class, the experience of empire and anticolonial uprisings, campaigns for women’s emancipation, the rise of nationalism, revolution and reform. Each of these massive changes had its specific impact on relations between the sexes, the classes, the ‘races’, and on how these relations were conceived of and represented.
The discursive aspects of these changes can be seen in fields as diverse as science, politics and literature. These discourses were part of the broader context of European culture, and furthermore, themselves formed a cross-referential system.
This workshop intends to bring together research which deals with the shaping, reshaping and relations between the categories of race, class, gender, nation and culture. Contributions from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives are welcome. By comparing their dynamics in different European countries, we hope to gain deeper insights in these processes of ‘othering’, and inspire discussion and further research in this field.
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