[H-verkko] CFP: Rethinking Pre-Modern Popular Revolt: Histories and Memories in a Long Transnational Context

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Agricolan artikkelipyyntöihin on lähetetty uusi ilmoitus:
Rethinking Pre-Modern Popular Revolt: Histories and Memories in a Long
Transnational Context
A Two-Day Workshop, 3rd–4th March 2017

Venue: Tallinn University

Organizers: Centre for Medieval Studies, Tallinn University, and the Finnish
Literature Society


 The deadline for paper proposals 5th January 2017


The aim of this workshop is to re-contextualize the national representations of
the medieval and early modern popular revolts by approaching them as components
of an international web of schemata, narratives, and images. Interpretive
traditions of these historical events – such as the Great Revolt in England,
the German Peasants War, the St. George’s Night Uprising in Estonia,
Engelbrekt’s Uprising in Sweden, or the Club War in Finland – began already
when the events unfolded. In most cases, their event histories have been studied
thoroughly. This workshop however focuses on the interpretive traditions of
these uprisings and seeks to understand and de-particularize them in a framework
of transnational historical imagination concerning popular resistance.

Over the course of centuries, these representations have been developed in
various fictive and non-fictive genres stretching from scholarly writing to
popular fiction, images, or performances. Nevertheless, uprisings and their
historiographies are usually studied as distinct and separate events regardless
of the fact that the events themselves, as well as their depictions were
characteristically transnational (Baker & Edelstein 2015). The workshop seeks to
demonstrate that each specific event can only be fully understood in a
diachronically long-term and synchronically comparative perspective.

 Ideally the papers of the workshop should take one uprising as the point of
departure, but also consider the event and its afterlives in a comparative
perspective. This enables comparing the representations of particular events
either diachronically or synchronically with other narratives and imageries of

We are especially interested in questions related to story-worlds as spaces that
enable to discuss social or colonial ambitions and anxieties, as well as in the
possibilities to read such representations as ‘narrative laboratories’ where
the limits of political participation allocated to different social groups could
be debated in the eighteenth, nineteenth, or twentieth century.


We also encourage contributions that discuss:

the transnational or transcultural traffic of stereotypes concerning peasants
and other socio-ethnic groups associated with the revolts
the amplifications of modern and pre-modern historiographical interpretations by
means of historical fiction, visual culture etc.
the conflicts and compromises between the overlapping cultural memories of same
or similar historical events
the impact of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries’ revolutions
on the representations of the medieval and early modern popular uprisings
the uses of the early modern and medieval past and texts by the modern grand
ideologies such as nationalism, or Marxism.

We also seek to contribute to the discussions concerning the transnational
nature of nationalism, showing that the schemata used in national histories
might be more similar than particularistic national interpretations have been
willing to acknowledge. We also seek to test the idea that revolt narratives,
motifs, and topoi have been particularly significant for multi-ethnic, socially
stratified societies typical to the frontiers of Europe.

As a comparative workshop we also welcome theoretically focused contributions
that discuss ‘long contexts’ (Armitage 2012), or the relationship between
close readings and distant readings (Moretti 2005; Best&Marcus 2009; Levine

 The long-distance aim of the workshop is to form a multidisciplinary network
of researchers, which would also enable the creation of ambitious research
projects in the future.

 The deadline for paper proposals is 5th January 2017.

 Please send an abstract (around 500 characters) to

Linda Kaljundi (linda.kaljundi at tlu.ee) and Ilona Pikkanen
(ilona.pikkanen at finlit.fi)

Ilmoituksen lähetti: Ilona Pikkanen <ilona.pikkanen at finlit.fi>
Ilmoitus vanhentuu: 6.1.2017

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