For the 10th European Social Science History Conference in Vienna (April 22-26 2014), the Politics, Citizenship and Nations Network invites proposals for panels and individual papers on any topic in political history, broadly defined. The theme of our program for 2014 is:
“Grey Areas” II: Transition, Circulation and Connections in Political History
Building on the response to our last call for papers, we welcome submissions on any period of history and/or geographical context that seek, through in-depth historical analysis, to identify and explore the grey areas between, around, or within political objects such as regimes, institutions, organizations, instruments of governance, forms of participation, ideologies, wars and revolutions, or relations among leaders, nation-states or national groups. Sessions and papers may focus on either informal or formal political activity, expression and governance. Panels that promote methodological and theoretical discussion or examine the history of political life from different angles (social, cultural, economic…) or from an interdisciplinary perspective will also be considered.
As 2014 marks the centennial of the outbreak of the First World War – generally regarded as a major historical turning point – the Vienna ESSHC will also provide the opportunity to present new perspectives on the political, cultural, intellectual, and social history of the periods leading up to and following the war, and to reflect on other “turning points” in political history. In keeping with the Grey Areas theme, contributions could also raise questions about the definitions, categories, concepts, boundaries and borders (physical or conceptual/cognitive), historiographical traditions, geopolitics, and current concerns that shape our understanding of historical turning points.
With this general orientation in mind, we envision three organizing themes that capture the dynamism of Grey Areas as a conceptual framework:
1) Transition, understood as processes of evolution and transformation of forms or instruments of governance, specific political or cultural regimes, or models of social organization, focusing on institutional, social, or ideological breakdown or coming into being; on discursive shifts; on experimental practices and organizational forms; and on the assumptions underlying the notion of “transition” and the designation of certain events as “turning points” or watersheds that produce or result from transitions or transformation.
2) Circulation, understood as flows, transfers, export, import, reception, borrowing or exchange of people, ideas, norms, models, information, emotion, social practices, culture, or material goods; or as movement across space, time or borders, or between margins and peripheries, colonies and metropoles.
3) Connections, or the sociability and interaction of individuals and groups; the social habits and practices that constitute political activity or civic action; the political, cultural, social (racial, gender, professional, generational, ethnic, sexual, linguistic, religious...) or economic links, identities and discourses that foster or inhibit political interaction and expression; the mechanisms of that interaction (inclusion and exclusion, labeling, categorization, evaluation, hierarchization); and the networks, practices and discourses that result.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
• Actors: individual or collective political biography
• Passion(s) in politics
• Rhetoric, imagery, scripts
• The politics of commemoration and memorialization, remembering and forgetting, presence, absence and omission
• Mobilization: military, political, social, cultural
• Imperial transitions: 1914 and beyond
• Entanglements and exchanges
• Mobility, movement, and flows
• Transnational Europe
• Science, knowledge, and power
• The politics of gender, sex, and sexuality
• Spaces of civic participation and citizenship
• Money and politics
• Politics and legal models
• Political organization and approaches to the State
Comparative panels and/or papers are welcome, and we will gladly co-sponsor sessions with other networks. In addition to traditional panels (chair, discussant and 3-4 speakers) we are open to proposals for workshops, roundtables, “meet the author” sessions, and other formats. As always, our policy is to encourage diversity in both the geographical focus and the social composition of sessions, so we may adjust panels as needed to ensure for example that they do not include participants from only one country or university.
The deadline for online proposal submission and pre-registration is 15 May 2013. If submitting a session proposal, please ensure that all participants are pre-registered by that date.
For general information or to submit your proposal please go to the ESSHC Conference website (http://esshc.socialhistory.org) or contact the Conference secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org). For specific questions about the Politics, Citizenship and Nations Network please contact network chairs Anne Epstein (email@example.com) or José Reis Santos (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit the Network’s website: http://politicscitizenshipnations.wordpress.com.
SAGE (UMR 7363) Societies Actors Government in Europe
MISHA/University of Strasbourg
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