SPIN - Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms
SPIN aims to chart the cultural and historical root system of European nationalisms and to bring into focus those intellectual networks which carried and disseminated the emerging ideals of cultural nationalism in the Romantic period and in the long nineteenth century (1770-1914).
The dynamics on which SPIN will focus in particular are twofold:
- – transnational (thematizing exchanges between cultural nationalisms in different areas and societies within Europe); and
- – intermedial (thematizing transfers between different cultural fields, genres and media, from language revivalism to national opera and from folklore festivals to nineteenth-century medievalism in literature and the arts).
In order to pursue this agenda, SPIN will itself work on an international and interdisciplinary basis. Its main purpose is to gather into a network scholars in different European countries and in different disciplines, and to facilitate and focus cooperation between them.
Use the navigation bar to read more about SPIN’s aims and proposed activities, or click this link for a PDF brochure (4 pages, 300 kB).
International conference CULTURAL MOBILIZATION
A major international conference on Cultural mobilization: Cultural consciousness-raising and national movements in Europe and the world will be held in Amsterdam between 19 and 22 September 2018. The conference is organized by SPIN in association with NISE (Antwerp) and ASEN (London). Proposals for papers or panels can be submitted until 31 October 2017.
Sports history and identity
A conference on sports and identity in Friesland and other countries will be held in Leeuwarden on Friday 7 February. More information here.
New ERNiE project: Book Links
In the coming years, SPIN will add a fresh project to its ERNiE strategy: Book Links. It will trace how data from book history can help us map and understand the dynamics of intellectual networks, cultural diffusion and knowledge production in 19th-century history.
Making use of its trusted Nodegoat technology, SPIN will analyse how book publications function as links in intellectual traffic and in personal networks. This will be done by tracing re-editions (also in re-targeted adaptations, e.g. folklore or mythology for domestic or juvenile reading), translations into other languages, and various forms of textual-visual or textual-performative intermediality. In addition, the use of books as vehicles in networking and knowledge diffusion will be traced by mapping dedications and reviews.
Growth of ERNiE repertory
The online ERNiE portal has passed a various millennial landmarks in the past year. The number of ERNiE articles online now stands at 1200, with an additional 200 currently being processed editorially for imminent online posting. The checklist of nationally-themed musical compositions has passed the 1000 mark (300 of its items also being accompanied by an online audio fragment). There are now 3000 historical monuments online, 500 architectural landmarks, 4000 paintings and 400 murals, and 1200 textual specimens of writing in verse or prose (discursive or fictional).
SPIN and NISE collaboration: research project, publication series
NISE and SPIN are planning closer cooperation in the future. Both institutions are dedicated to the critical and transnational study of nationalism in Europe, and within that common framework their emphases and approaches usefully complement each other: while SPIN is concerned with intellectual history, cultural production and the diffusion of ideas, NISE’s focus is on an archive-based study of sociability, associational life and sociocultural mobilization.
Grimm Ripples conference
SPIN will be hosting a conference on the Grimm brothers on 7-9 December 2016. All lectures are open to all those interested. Full program.
Workshop Icelandic Philology and National Culture, 1780-1918
SPIN will be hosting a workshop on Icelandic Philology on 3-4 November 2016. All lectures are open to all those interested. Full program.
Visualizing correspondence networks over time
Lab1100 in collaboration with SPIN has developed ultra-cool visualizations of correspondence networks as they develop in time and space. This development process has faced interesting challenges and generated exciting solutions, breaking new ground in the developing field of Digital Humanities.