SPIN affiliate Simon Halink wins ASEN prize

SPIN congratulates its affiliate researcher Simon Halink on winning the Dominique Jacquin-Berdal memorial prize awarded by the Association for the Studies of Ethnicitiesd and Nationalism (ASEN).

The essay, on the Icelandic historian Jón J. Aðils (1869-1920), is based on a chapter from Halink’s dissertation on Norse mythology and Icelandic national culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and will be published in the association’s journal Nations and Nationalism.

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Šafařík's ethnic map of the Slavs online

Pavel Josef Šafařík' s map of Slavic-settled territories (Slovanský Zeměvid, 1842) was a very important element in Slavic consciousness-raising. It is now online in a Hi-Res scan on this website and[[download file="2016-01/safarikmap_1.jpg" icon="" text=" can be downloaded here." title="" ]].

The map was annexed to Šafařík's Slovanský Narodopis (Prague, 1842), and is not easily obtainable online or in printed form. (We have gratefully availed ourselves of the facsimile in the 1955 edition of Slovanský Narodopis by Hana Hunková (Prague, Nakladatelství Československé Akademie Věd), now itself fairly rare.) SPIN wanted to make this important document available to the research community. Please credit SPIN and the provenance if you make use of it in your publications.

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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.  [....]

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SPinTime in the new Grimm museum

The newly opened GRIMMWELT, an ambitious museum project on the Brothers Grimm in Kassel, features a visualization of their correspondence driven by the technology developed in collaboration with SPIN. For a blog report on the display and the event, see the blog post by the developers, Lab1100, here.

The dynamic space/time-visualization of correspondence networks, a SPIN pilot project, was developed jointly with lab1100 and can be seen in operation on the SPinTime viewer . The full metadata of the Grimms’ correspondence, more than 20,000 letters in all, were obtained through a collegial collaboration with the Arbeitsstelle Grimm-Briefwechsel Berlin and is now on display in Kassel. A posting on the SPIN website is being prepared.

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Two SPIN PhD projects commencing in 2016

SPIN is funding two PhD positions, to commence in January 2016. They deal with Romantic Nationalism and the transnational "cultivation of culture" in Scandinavism and in late-Ottoman Turkey, respectively. SPIN welcomes its two new team members, Usman Ahmedani (for the Ottoman/Turkish project) and Tim van Gerven (for the Scandinavism project).

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ERNiE now online

SPIN is proud to announce that the Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism is now publicly online at www.romanticnationalism.net

Over the last five years SPIN has been preparing, with the help of hundreds of scholars in dozens of countries, the Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe (ERNiE). ERNiE is intended as a resource for the comparative-historical study of national movements, in particular in the century between Napoleon and the Paris Peace Conference.[....]

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New textbase online

Including the first English translation of Arndt’s 1813 Rhine pamphlet

The textbase section of the SPIN website now contains 250 representative texts, both patriotic verse and significant pieces of prose discourse. They have been arranged in a database which makes searching/browsing easier.[....]

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Integrated database viewer now online

SPIN aims to document “banal” and ambient manifestations of cultural nationalism in its transnational diffusion. The databases (Correspondence, Statuary, Composers’s Travels, Verses, Painters and Banknote Portraits) which are maintained for this purpose are now accessible in a new, integrated public-user interface.

The viewer allows users, by means of an intuitive interface,[....]

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CfP: “Rethinking Cultural Memory 1700-1850”

Copenhagen University, 4-5 December 2015

The Nordic Association for Romantic Studies (NARS) is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the international conference Rethinking Cultural Memory 1700-1850. The conference will take place at Copenhagen University, Denmark, Friday 4 – Saturday 5 December 2015. Deadline for paper proposals is 1 July 2015. Plenary speakers are William St Clair, Ann Rigney, Susanna Petterson and Joep Leerssen.[....]

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Workshop: Canonization of “Cultural Saints”

28-30 October, University of Amsterdam

The workshop Canonization of “Cultural Saints”: Commemorative Cults of Artists and Nation-Building in Europe, convened by Marijan Dović (Institute of Literature ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana) and SPIN, aims to identify and describe patterns in the nationally-motivated veneration of poets, writers, composers, and intellectuals in post-1789 Europe.[....]

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