2015 into 2016: stock-taking and goals

2015 has been an exciting year for us: Following three launch events (at the LSE in April, the Ecole normale supérieure in May, and the NWO festival “Bessensap” in The Hague in June), ERNiE has gone publicly online in a sleek interface under the URL http://romanticnationalism.net . 2016 will complete that process:

– the encyclopedia and the search interface will be more tightly and harmoniously integrated with the presentation of the correspondence networks and the primary materials;
– those materials in our image-, music- and textbases are being added to at a rapid rate and will reach representative coverage in the coming year;
– a print-on-demand module for user-selected articles will become operative;
– the encyclopedia part of ERNiE will be completed. We have in recent months decided to “round off” the European coverage by commissioning articles for Armenian, Georgian, Jewish, Maltese and Turkish “Romantic Nationalism”, as well as clarifying our editiorial policy on “in-between” cultural communities such as Baltic-German.  


Most importantly, once the yet outstanding artices are brought in, we can move forward with the book publication agreed with Amsterdam University Press. Editorial closure is now foreseen for mid-2016, book design preliminaries are in progress.

It will be a very intense year for all of us at SPIN; but the work is hugely exciting and rewarding, and it is a real joy is to bring together, and to work with, such a diverse and expert group of colleagues from the most diverse backgrounds. SPIN and the ERNiE team wish all of you a Happy Christmas (or whatever name you give to your festive season…) and a fine 2016!

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Book version of the Encyclopedia in production

The book version of the Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe is in production now with Amsterdam University Press.

The 1400 articles will be presented in a two-volume format with an extensive introduction on Romantic Nationalism, and accompanied by ca. 150 illustrations and indexes. Innovative design captures the intricate cross-referencing structure from the hyperlnks on the web version, while the book format affords an instant overview and browsable, haptic access to the complete Europe-wide coverage of cultural currents and nodal personalities.[....]

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"The Rhine: National tensions, Romantic visions" now out

Edited by Manfred Beller and Joep Leerssen, and the fruit of a series of SPIN workshops, the book has appeared in Brill’s European Studies series. One of the first English-langage historical surveys of the transnational, especially German-French entanglements and confrontations over this European geographical and cultural core region, brings together eminent literary and cultural specialists and present materials and analyses from various perspectives – literature, tourism, heritage, geopolitics.

Of all European landscapes and regions, the Rhine is one of the most heavily overlaid with cultural and political meaning. Cradle of Romanticism, tourism, and the picturesque, bone of contention between the German and French spheres of cultural and geopolitical influence, the Rhine has attracted armies, artists, activists and tourists for centuries and has featured prominently the key writings of Europe’s literary and intellectual history from Byron to Lucien Febvre.[....]

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International conference CULTURAL MOBILIZATION

Amsterdam, 19-22 September 2018 – Call for Papers

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 30 November 2017.[....]

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