CFP : Congres van de Werkgroep De Negentiende Eeuw – 9 DECEMBER 2016

Call for papers DNE congres 2016

CFP: International solidarity movements in the Low Countries during the long twentieth (ULB – 26-27 th May 2016)

Find here the whole Call for Papers (deadline : 20th February 2016)

Over the last two decades, international historiography has given much consideration to the ways in which a so-called “global civil society” was well under its way before the end of the Cold War. It has now became fashionable to depict the 20th century as “the century of NGOs” and the apogee of “transnational civil societies” which projected human rights and various kinds of international solidarity across the globe. Citizens in Europe broadened their scope towards what happened in foreign and distant countries in the Global South, or – closer to their homes – to dictatorships in Eastern or Southern Europe. Making sense of the bewildering variety of foreign causes and countries that inspired social movements in Europe as well as the elective and changing affinities of this activism, has proved to be a challenge for many historians. The history of transnational activism during the twentieth century has for a long time been written with a fragmented focus, with little diachronic and synchronic comparison between different solidarity movements and countries. Concepts such as the “human rights revolution of the 1970s” and “new social movements” tend to stress change and discontinuity. In recent years, new voices, access to new archives, and the growing interdisciplinary nature of the research field have however stimulated fresh perspectives and new themes in the history of international solidarity movements. The aim of this conference is stimulate innovative research on the rise of international solidarity movements in the Low Countries – the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg – over the long twentieth century. It wants to put these movements in a broader comparative and transnational perspective, and embed them in other research fields, such as the history of the Cold War, decolonization, European integration, and communism.

Capitalism, Crises and European Integration from 1945 to the present (26-28 May 2016, Florence) Call for Papers

The severe multidimensional crisis that has been affecting Europe since 2008 calls for a critical rethinking of European integration history. The crisis has raised questions about the nature of today’s European ‘project’, which appears in many ways different from what it was at its inception in the past century. Arguably, European integration took root in a moment of exception in the history of capitalism, when inequalities were at a historical low – in sharp contrast with the present era of globalised ‘neoliberal’ capital- ism and record inequalities. Europe’s present travails also highlight the importance of crises in shaping European integration. This feature is inherent to European integration history; the post-war mushrooming of integration and cooperation projects was a response to the deep social and economic crises of the continent.

This conference seeks to historicise post-war European integration in its connection to the history of capitalism and its crises in their multiple dimensions: economic, social, political, intellectual, environmental, among others. The aim will be to highlight different moments of change, rupture or continuity in the ideas and realisations that underlie European integration. We invite contributions on themes that include, but are not limited to:

  • Crises and  European  integration:  exploring  how  crises  have  constituted  mo- ments of economic change, intellectual redefinition, and political and social re- configuration in European integration, as well as analysing how competing narratives of crises have been linked to competing visions of European integration.
  • Ideology, Capitalism and European Integration: the EC/EU and other international organisations have been loci of constant competition between different political and ideological currents. How did ideas and ideologies championed by national and trans- national actors penetrate different European ‘projects’ and policies? How can processes of transfers, learning and competition between and within European organisations be traced? How did European integration impact ideological changes in Europe and beyond?
  • Political Economy of European Integration: investigating how European organisations perceived, adapted, encouraged and responded to shifts in modes of production and or- ganisation in different economic sectors; seeking to read the political economies fostered between the lines of the European treaties, institutions and policies: monetary, industrial, agricultural, social, trade, development, migration, employment, gender equalities, etc.
  • European Integration, regionalism and globalisation: arguably the main develop- ment of capitalism in the past fifty years, globalisation has been intertwined with European integration. How did European institutions and policies seek to shape, moderate, or shield European populations from increasing ‘globalisation’? Or how, on the contrary, did it constitute a multiplier effect on globalising forces? Can we identify diverging roles between different regional and international organisations in this respect?

PhD students and early postdoctoral researchers in history and connected disciplines are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words and a short CV by 18 December 2015 to Aurélie Andry at Travel and accommodation costs will be covered. Selection committee: Aurélie Andry, Haakon Ikonomou, Quentin Jouan, Guia Migani, Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol, Federico Romero, Laurent Warlouzet.

The History of European Integration Research Society (HEIRS) and the Réseau Interna- tional des Chercheurs en Histoire de l’Intégration Européenne (RICHIE) are postgraduate student networks that strive to foster collaboration and interaction among postgraduate researchers across Europe with an interest in European integration history. This conference will bring together PhD students and academics from various disciplines to discuss their work in a number of panels. It will be coupled with a workshop on the theme ‘Capitalism, Crises and European Integration in the long 1970s’. In addition, there will be keynote lectures and speakers will be available for in-depth discussions. Some pa- pers will be selected for publication in high-ranked history journal. The conference is part of the Jean Monnet Project ‘Rethinking European Integration History in Times of Crisis’ supported by the European Commission and the Alcide De Gasperi Research Center on the History of European Integration at the European University Institute.

For more information on this event, please visit the website.

Call for Papers: Sculpting abroad. International mobility of nineteenth-century sculptors and their work (Ghent, 26-27 February 2016)

Deadline proposals: October 1, 2016

Organized by the Department of Art History, Ghent University, and the Department of History, KULeuven Campus Kortrijk. In collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent, ESNA (European Society of Nineteenth-Century Art) and research platform XIX.

Keynote presentations by Antoinette Le Normand-Romain (INHA, Paris) and Sura Levine (Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts)

In 1870, the Franco-Prussian War drove the young Auguste Rodin and his master Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse to Belgium, where they both acquired some public commissions despite objections against their French nationality. Even though war was perhaps one of the most radical reasons driving sculptors beyond the borders of their own nation, the mentioned transnational trajectories of both Rodin and Carrier-Belleuse were by no means isolated or coincidental incidents. The study of old and new collections of art, as well as the studios of renowned masters in Paris or Rome attracted many aspiring sculptors to the old and new artistic capitals of Europe. Alternative art markets, commissions or exhibition opportunities activated many sculptors to pursue a career abroad, despite of the difficulties their foreignness, and their bulky discipline in a foreign country might have implied. Additionally, sculptors were, probably even more so than painters, dependent on commissions, and therefore often obliged to travel to provide for their revenues. The presence of foreign sculptors on large construction sites, or their involvement in prestigious public commissions, however, often led to hostilities by native colleagues, who feared for their positions and possibilities, when confronted with skilled foreign competition.

During this two-day symposium, speakers are invited to reflect upon the subject matter of the transnational mobility of sculptors and the implications for these artists and their art during the long nineteenth century. In the course of this century, the creation of nation-states coincided with an increasing international focus by artists, their commissioners, sellers, buyers and critics. The impact of a sculptor’s nationality on his reception and ‘imaging’, as well as their mobility across borders remain ambiguous. Sculptors were regularly encouraged to study abroad, and recognized for their experience and success beyond the borders of the own nation. Simultaneously, however, they were often expected to represent the nation, and showcase the own ‘national school’ with its peculiar properties, and extending from the own national tradition.

This conference aims to address the role of art criticism, the art market, exhibitions, education, commissions etc. for sculptors in an international context, and the implications for their (inter)national or local identity. Participants are invited to reflect on the theoretical and/or practical implications of (trans)nationality, travel and cultural mobility on nineteenth-century sculptors and their work.

For more information, see the full call for papers.

National identity and local pride. Interurban cultural and artistic differences in Belgium during the long 19th century (9-10 November 2015, Ghent and Antwerp) PhD Specialist Course

In 19th-century Belgium, Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent were the major cultural centers that distinguished themselves by flourishing art academies, a range of exhibition possibilities for artists and thriving art markets, the establishment of local and national museums, the activity of local art and cultural societies and a high number of local private collectors, among others. Moreover, each of these cities had a renowned and age-old artistic tradition, and the academies of Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent each developed a distinct artistic profile and aspirations. Consequently, not solely the capital was the protagonist for the arts and cultural production. Instead of a national discourse exclusively linked to the capital, the situation in Belgium was much more complex.

In this two-day, intensive specialist course, we wish to focus on the dialectical interplay between an emerging national identity and long-engrained local identities in 19th-century Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent and how these shaped the cultural production, canon, criticism and reception. Attention will be paid to the common and divergent characteristics of the three Belgian cities, the role of city councils, cultural institutions, artistic organizations and societies, as well as to the impact of these aspects on artists, writers, commissioners, critics, collectors and the broader public. For this we will bring together for the first time a group of interdisciplinary researchers from different universities and academic backgrounds to shed light on and contextualize the diverse cultural milieus that shaped the local differences between the 19th-century Belgian cities.

Further information and registration
Applicants who wish to participate in the PhD specialist course are requested to register by 23 October 2015 via this link, mentioning the course title, your name and providing a title and abstract of ca. 150 words outlining how your PhD research relates to the topic of the course (maximum number of participants: 15).
Prior to the course, the organizers will circulate a number of reading materials, i.e., articles or book chapters related to the course topic, which the enrolled participants will be required to read in advance of the sessions, in order to stimulate fruitful discussions.

Please find the full programme and details here: Invitation PhD Specialist Course national-local identities UG-UA

Les historiens belges et l’internationalisation. Journée d’Histoire contemporaine 2016 (29 avril 2016, Bruxelles) Appel à contributions

LogoL’ABHC vous présente … un nouveau Journée d’histoire contemporaine le 29 avril 2016 à l’ULB!

Cette Journée d’histoire contemporaine invite les contemporanéistes, lors de sessions parallèles, à réfléchir à la manière par laquelle l’international – ou le global – a transformé leur champ de recherche. Le view from abroad sur des phénomènes typiquement belges apporte-t-il un nouvelle dimension d’interprétation de ceux-ci ? Ou cette internationalisation n’est-elle qu’appliquée superficiellement ? Voici quelques axes de problématiques possibles dont certains thèmes de recherches peuvent s’approcher :

  • Existe-t-il toujours des historiens « nationaux » et, sinon, quelle est la valeur ajoutée d’une perspective décentralisée?
  • Pouvons-nous intégrer des sources et des perspectives venues du Nord/Sud du pays, ou l’histoire vouée à être écrite en Belgique ne peut l’être que dans une version francophone parallèle d’une autre version, néerlandophone? Quelles sont les « pour » et les « contre » de cette situation spécifique belge ?
  • Quel est le Lost in translation par la formulation de son propre champ de recherche en anglais uniquement ? Cette préférence tournée vers l’historiographie anglo-saxonne se fait-elle au détriment d’autres traditions conceptuelles/historiographiques (Allemandes, Italiennes, Françaises etc.) ?
  • Comment les académiques venus d’autres contextes nationaux que le belge traitent-ils de l’histoire de Belgique? Quelles images et quels stéréotypes sont-ils mobilisés chez les historiens étrangers à propos de cette histoire (par exemple les controverses autour du King Leopold’s Ghosts d’Adam Hochschild) ? Par quels aspects de l’histoire de Belgique un public international est-il le plus susceptible d’être intéressé ?
  • Comment l’enseignement académique peut-il répondre à cette internationalisation (par exemple la tendance vers des « missions » internationales effectuées par des historiens issus d’un contexte heuristique belge).
  • Quels sont les impacts des critères d’évaluation de la recherche sur celle- ci ? Existe-t-il
    des alternatives ?

Dans un panel de conclusions, plusieurs spécialistes seront invités à livrer leur réflexion sur ces différentes questions.

Appel à contributions pour participer à un panel
Une session dure 90 minutes et peut être entièrement remplie librement. Nous privilégierons les sessions (workshops, tables rondes, présentations…) qui présenteront une certaine cohérence quant au thème abordé (par exemple : l’histoire coloniale), dont le lien devra être effectué avec la problématique générale de l’internationalisation. Toutes les thématiques et perspectives sont les bienvenues ! Les personnes souhaitant organiser une session peuvent envoyer leur proposition (max. 700 mots) au courriel suivant : La date limite pour cet envoi est le 30 décembre 2015. Une sélection parmi les propositions reçues sera effectuée en janvier 2016.

Veuillez trouver ci-joint l’appel à contributions: CfP_Journée2016_Final

De Belgische historici in de internationale wandelgangen. Dag van de Nieuwste Geschiedenis 2016 (29 april 2016, Brussel) Call for Sessions

LogoDe BVNG presenteert met trots een nieuwe Dag van de Nieuwste Geschiedenis, op 29 april 2016 aan de ULB!

Op deze Dag van de Nieuwste Geschiedenis nodigen wij alle contemporanisten uit om in parallelle sessies te reflecteren over hoe het internationale – transnationale, globale – hun vakgebied heeft getransformeerd. Geeft ‘the view from abroad’ een andere blik op typisch Belgische fenomenen? Of is deze internationalisering slechts oppervlakkig toegepast? Mogelijke vragen om de eigen specifieke onderzoeksthema’s op deze dag te benaderen zijn:

  • Bestaat er überhaupt nog een ‘nationale’ geschiedschrijving en zo nee, wat is de meerwaarde van een gedecentraliseerd perspectief?
  • Kunnen we de bronnen en perspectieven van de andere zijde nog integreren of is de moderne Belgische geschiedenis gedoemd om uiteen te vallen in Nederlandstalige en Franstalige versies? Wat zijn de voor- en nadelen van deze specifieke Belgische situatie?
  • Wat is ‘lost in translation’ bij de verwoording van het eigen onderzoeksveld in het Engels? Leidt historiografie onder Angelsaksische vleugels tot een minorisering van andere onderzoekstradities (Duits, Italiaans, Frans…) of tot specifieke manieren van geschiedschrijving?
  • Hoe beschrijven academici uit andere nationale contexten de geschiedenis van België?3 Welk beeld bestaat er onder buitenlandse historici en wat zijn hun referenties? (zie o.a. de controverse over Adam Hochschilds King Leopold’s Ghost). Welke aspecten van de Belgische geschiedenis liggen in de interessesfeer van een internationaal publiek?
  • Hoe kan het academisch onderwijs inspelen op deze internationalisering (zie o.a. de tendens naar internationale ‘opdrachten’ voor historici die getraind zijn in Belgische heuristiek)?
  • In welke mate beïnvloeden de criteria voor de beoordeling van onderzoek dit proces? Bestaan er alternatieven?

Een sessie duurt 90 minuten en kan geheel vrij worden ingevuld. We geven de voorkeur aan sessies (workshops, round tables, presentaties,…) die een coherent thema behandelen (bijvoorbeeld koloniale geschiedenis) vanuit de overkoepelende vraagstelling over internationalisering. Alle thematieken en perspectieven zijn welkom!
Organisatoren die een sessie willen organiseren mailen hun voorstel met het opzet (max. 700 woorden) naar De deadline is 30 december 2015. In januari 2016 zal een selectie gemaakt worden van de ingezonden voorstellen.

Voor de volledige call, zie: CfP_Dag2016_Final

The Belgian Congo between the Two World Wars (17-18 March 2016, Brussels) Call for posters

The period between the signature of the Versailles Treaty and the establishment of the League of Nations on the one hand and the start of the Second World War on the other (1919-1939) is a most interesting and often neglected one. Before the First World War, during the ten years or so which followed the take-over of the Congo Free State by Belgium, Belgian colonial policy was in its infancy. Most of the personnel in charge of its application was for some time that of the former state and, within six years, the war had started in Europe and also in Africa. Consequently, 1919 appears an appropriate starting time for a period of twenty years at the end of which Belgium was not formally engaged in the new conflict, but was already getting ready for it in some spheres of activity.

The Conference has a broad thematic focus: developments in the Congo itself will of course be examined extensively, but also the impact of colonialism in the metropolis (including colonial policy) on the general background of declared Belgian governmental policy. It aims to assess the situation and problems arising on the ground for the African population when confronted with that policy becoming operational, but collateral effects on the local population of the presence of Europeans in the country are not excluded. We will take into account local, both African and European, dimensions as well as external developments. These include not only the interplay between Belgian interests and policies in the Congo and their feedback on Belgium itself, but the interplay between the metropolis, Belgian colonial circles and “foreign” influences as well. Our purpose is to provide the widest possible view of the development of the country during that period, while, at the same time, accepting that its complete history will not be written at the end of our meeting. But perhaps it will be the first of many others either going deeper or examining new ones.

The Academy will invite scholars from both the southern and the northern hemisphere to contribute to the Conference with poster presentations. There will be no extensive formal presentation of the posters during the meeting, in order to give an absolute priority to discussion.

You’ll find more information on the conference and the application procedure in this document: CALL FOR POSTERS and more on the programme here: PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME INTERBELLUM 

National actors in a multilevel environment from 1945 to the present (21-22 April 2016, Louvain-la-Neuve) Call for Papers

How do national societal actors such as political parties, trade unions, NGO’s and interest groups cope with a multilevel and transnational environment? How do they think, act and bargain in supranational arenas, while remaining national groups? These are the central questions that the 12th HEIRS conference will address, on the 21-22 April 2016 at the Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. For more information please see the attached Call for Papers: CFP National actors in a multilevel environment April 2016

PhD students and early postdoctoral researchers are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words and a short CV by 23 August 2015 to both Quentin Jouan and Andrew Waterman. There will be no conference fee. Depending on funding obtained we may be able to partially cover travel and accommodation costs of participants in need of financial support.

Reconsidering Democracy and the Nation State in a Global Perspective (14 – 16 January 2016, Leiden) Call for Papers

CaptureThis conference will investigate the multifaceted relationship between democracy and the nation-state, not only in Europe but also in other parts of the world. Separate workshops will address this topic from different angles, ranging from the ‘nationalization of the (mainly European) masses’ (George Mosse) at the end of the nineteenth century to forms of the national state in postcolonial Africa; from the promise of democratic perpetual peace and pursuing democratic rights at the supranational level to populist and nationalist distrust of ‘democratic oligarchy’ and to the challenges democracy faces when the monopoly of legitimate force of the nation-state is threatened. The conference will try to answer the question whether the age-old relationship between democracy and the nation-state is entering a new phase.

The conference program consists of two plenary keynote lectures and paper presentations during workshop sessions (circa 10 persons per session). Presenters of accepted papers are asked to speak 15 minutes, followed by a discussion under the supervision of a session chair.

Please send your application before 1 July 2015 to

Applications should include:
– Title of proposed paper
– Title of the abovementioned theme of your choice
– Abstract (maximum 500 words)
– Biographical information (short CV)
– Contact information (email, telephone and postal address)

Notification of Acceptance
The organizing committee and panel coordinators will make a selection. You will be notified if your paper proposal is accepted by September 2015. The conference fee is € 50,00. This fee covers drinks and meals. Travel and accommodation costs are not included.

Conference website: