International conference CULTURAL MOBILIZATION

CORE Admin

Amsterdam, 19-21 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).

Nationalism relies intensely on cultural consciousness-raising. Post-1789 states increasingly invoke the national culture they claim to incorporate; national movements assert their rights within or against the state by defining their identity in cultural terms (language, ethnicity, collective memory); cultural production (literature, the arts, music) and knowledge production (philology, folklore, history-writing) invoke, indeed often construct, the nation’s cultural identity.
That state institutions or political activists instrumentalize cultural notions of collective identity for propaganda purposes, is well known; but the “cultivation of culture” is more than a passive propaganda tool: it is a broadly-based social praxis, involving both cultural production and knowledge production, carried by artists and intellectuals, with its own inner dynamics, social agency and mobilizing power.
The artistic and intellectual undercurrents of cultural nationalism, its intermedial entanglements and transnational diffusion, have been studied as part of the modernizing dynamics of, specifically, 19th-century Europe. On that basis, the conference proposed here aims to broaden the scope in two directions:
[1] How did cultural nationalism exercise its agency for social or political mobilization? How to analyse the relationship between political and cultural nationalism if we trace causality and agency from cultural practices into politics?
[2] To what extent is this cultural mobilization peculiar to Europe? What parallels, interactions or differences were there with nationalism and national movements in the wider world?

Possible fields of attention:
Historical cases of culturally triggered or motivated activism; cultural producers and knowledge producers as a conduit between ‘elites’ and ‘masses’; the European and global networks of cultural producers and knowledge producers; colonial nationalism ; cultural activism in anti-imperialism and anticolonialism; (non-)European empires and their multi-ethnicity; theory of culture-political relations; Bengal Renaissance; Pan-Africanism; Meiji Japan; Turanism; indigenous rights movements.
Papers/panels with a comparative/transnational scope will be particularly welcome.

Please address proposals for papers or panels to SPIN (SPIN@uva.nl) before 30 November.

Latest Blog Posts

Hoffmann von Fallersleben correspondence network online

Joep Leerssen

E.A. Hoffmann von Fallersleben (1798-1874), Grimm adept, philologist and Vormärz poet, maintained an exensive correspondence with many European partners throughout his life. His letters have been repertoried by Dr. Erika Poettgens as part of her study Hoffmann von Fallersleben und die Lande niederländischer Zunge. Briefwechsel, Beziehungsgeflechte, Bildlichkeit (Münster: Waxmann, 2014). By courtesy of Dr Poettgens, and with the kind help and agreement of Waxmann publishers, SPIN was given the use of the corpus’s metadata. These were processed to put a visualization of Hoffmann’s network online. It can be accessed in the ERNiE website (http://ernie.uva.nl) under the “Letters” tab, or directly through this URL: https://ernie.uva.nl/viewer.p/21/59/scenario/114/geo. Hoffmann’s 7600 letters now feature in ERNiE alongside other major corpuses (the Grimms, Walter Scott, E.M. Arndt, Rasmus Rask, Prosper Mérimée...) to demonstrate the densely and transnationally entangled nature of Romantic Nationalism.  

Continue reading

Proceedings of the Germanisten 1846-1847 back online

Joep Leerssen

One of SPIN’s first projects in 2009 was to digitize the proceedings of the famous gatherings of Germanisten in Frankfurt and Lübeck (1846 and 1847). Generally recognized as a key episode in the interaction between German philology and national politics, these meetings, chaired by Jacob Grimm, were an academic run-up to the Frankfurt Parliament of 1848. Their proceedings were only available in contemporary printed form and, given the Fraktur print of that period, even digitized PDFs were not searchable. SPIN curated a digitized full-text presentation in modern, searchable print, with an introduction by leading expert Katinka Netzer. That presentation had become, alas, inaccessible in the process of mounting the ERNiE website. But the full Proceedings have now been placed back online and will provide researchers with what we hope is a valuable resource. To access: http://show.ernie.uva.nl/germanisten.

Continue reading