1869 and Beyond: Political and Institutional Crises between the 19th and the 20th-Centuries

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Call for Papers
November 30, 2018 to December 1, 2018
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Modern European History / Studies, Political History / Studies, Social History / Studies

The international workshop arises from the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the massive and institutional emergency faced by the Italian government in the crucial year 1869. In that year, mass riots against an unpopular grist tax, a major financial scandal, private feuds, and an affair turned into a political trial revealing the perils of Italy's arduous path toward normalcy and governability shortly after the young nation had completed its struggle for national independence. The crisis of 1869 was described by many nineteenth-century Italians of different political affiliations and cultural backgrounds as a dangerous drift toward the loss of those civic values that had fostered a sense of unified national identity.

In need for further comparative and interdisciplinary analyses focusing on different cases of political and institutional crises similar to the one faced by the young Italian nation in 1869, the workshop aims at gathering scholars from countries across Europe and the Americas who specialize on institutional and political crises undergone by different nations in order to explain the particular relevance of those crises by means of a transnational and comparative approach to the study of their specific contexts and the impact they had on a specific civil society.

The time range considered for papers is the period included between the pivotal year 1869 and the equally pivotal year of 1919, the year of the post-WW I Peace Treaty. Interdisciplinary, transnational, and comparative approaches are particularly welcome. Potential topics may include, but are not limited to, the following issues:

-Emergency and urgency: The Legal and Rethorical Uses of These Two Categories

-States of Emergency and the Extraordinary Legislation Related to Them

-Social and Institutional Agents in the Creation of Reactionary Movements and Repressive Policies

-Post-War Institutional and Political Crises in Specific Countries or in Comparative/Transnational Perspective

-Conflicts over Specific Instances of National Memory and Identity

-Public Condemnations by the Press and/or Literary Works

-The Use of Politics in the War Against the Enemy Within

-Political Corruption and Moralistic Rhetoric

Proposals for papers will be accepted in Italian and in English, as these are the working languages of the workshop and presentations should not exceed 20 minutes.

Please send applications (brief CV and proposal for a topic of maximum 300 words, both in PDF format) to arisi@unipv.it and cristina.bon@unicatt.it no later than March 1, 2018. Proposals will be selected by April 15, 2018 and promptly notified to the proponents. 

Papers are due by October 31, 2018 in order to have them circulated among the Scientific Committee members and participants.

The workshop will take place in Milan on November 30-December 1, 2018.

Please note that the organization will provide for conference facilities and eventual accomodation  for one night. Travelling costs will not be covered.

Contact Info: 

Arianna Arisi Rota, Associate Porfessor of Contemporary History, Deaprtment of Political and Social Sceinces, University of Pavia

Cristina Bon, Researcher, History of Political institutions, Catholic University of Milan

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