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Modernity and Cultural History – ESSHC 2012, Glasgow

Call for Papers on ‘Modernity and Cultural History’ (ESSHC 2012,
What, if anything, does ‘modernity’ mean to historians in the
aftermath of the cultural turn? Postmodern and postcolonial critiques
have been insightful but the question of what modernity has been or
should be is still unresolved. In the West, modernity is rooted
historically in the Enlightenment and its alter ego Romanticism. To
many it involves, on the most abstract level, claims and denials
regarding universalism, cosmopolitanism, authenticity, individuality,
equality, reason, identity, aesthetics and religion. Meanwhile, some
critics reject modernity as a Eurocentric notion, or paradoxically
deny its very modernity, or have no use for the concept at all.
Much work has been done on modernity as an urban phenomenon, as way
of life, as an attitude, a feeling, a perspective on the world for
which Western culture may or may not have been paradigmatic. Where
have these insights brought us? How do cultural historians of the
twenty-first century relate to this discourse? Do we have use for
modernity once again, or has it never really been absent as a
normative idea or a descriptive concept?
These questions can be, and often are, addressed in a more concrete
fashion. Modernity is said to have had an impact on conceptions of
space and time, on knowledge, on the self, on art, on gender. Given
that modernity is not just a story but also a reality, cultural
historians of the period between, say, 1750 and the present
inescapably frame their narratives in terms of modernisation and
globalisation. How, then, do historians in practice address
For next year’s European Social Science History Conference (Glasgow,
Scotland, 11-14 April, 2012: see http://www.iisg.nl/esshc/) we aim to
organise several sessions on the viability of modernity as a cultural
historical concept, in theory and practice. We welcome empirically
oriented papers on any socio-cultural topic ranging from crime to
media, religion and the self, as well as theoretical and
methodological discussions. All papers should, however, reflect on
If you are interested in participating you are invited to send an
abstract of no more than 250 words to Joris van Eijnatten at
j.vaneijnatten at uu.nl before March 30 2011. We will select the most
thought-provoking abstracts and subsequently submit session proposals
to the ESSHC organising committee. Please note that ESSHC participants
are expected to be self-supporting, i.e. your institution will need to
cover your expenses.
The organisers are cultural historians Willemijn Ruberg, Ed Jonker
and Joris van Eijnatten of Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

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