CfP: Revolution! Seton Hall University History Department Symposium

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Call for Papers
December 2, 2019
New Jersey, United States
Subject Fields: 
Russian or Soviet History / Studies, Eastern Europe History / Studies, European History / Studies

DEADLINE EXTENDED: December 2, 2019

Call for Papers


Moments and Movements in Historical Perspective

What is a Revolution?  Historians have used the term broadly to describe movements resulting in the toppling of regimes and establishment of new social and political orders, yet much remains unclear.  Are revolutions an intrinsically modern phenomenon, or can the concept be productively applied to events in the ancient and medieval worlds?  Can revolutions be clearly bounded in time? How do they begin and end? Is there a common trajectory?  When and why do revolutions arise in interrelated clusters?  However we choose to answer such questions, the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and recent events, from the Arab Spring to the uprisings in Hong Kong, remind us that revolutions, whether a cause of hope or trepidation, have lost none of their force and relevance.

The Department of History of Seton Hall University invites paper proposals for the symposium “Revolutions: Moments and Movements in Historical Perspective.” The symposium will consider revolutions broadly in their social, cultural, and intellectual origins and ramifications, examining the interactions of ideologies, structures, pivotal moments, and social and political movements. The committee particularly encourages proposals that address the following topics:


  • Revolutionary ideas and ideologies
  • Social and political conditions as preconditions for revolt
  • Participation in, and opposition to, revolution by diverse groups within and excluded from the polity
  • Cultural productions (including writing, art, material culture, and technology) that mobilized people or justified change
  • Foreign influence in promoting or suppressing revolution
  • Internal violence and external war in creating or changing revolutionary conditions
  • Establishing revolutionary regimes through legal and political institutions
  • Popular rituals enacting protest, intimidation, belonging, or allegiance
  • Connections among disparate revolutionary movements


The symposium will be held on Thursday and Friday, February 6-7. A keynote address by Ervand Abrahamian, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Iranian and Middle Eastern History and Politics at Baruch College, City University of New York, will open the symposium on Thursday evening, February 6. The symposium’s panels and a roundtable discussion will be held on Friday, February 7. The symposium will be held at the South Orange, New Jersey, campus of Seton Hall University, about half an hour outside New York City.


The committee welcomes proposals from historians in all fields, including advanced graduate students. Please send proposals, in the form of a single document containing (1) a title and an abstract of 250 words and (2) a short CV, to by Monday, 2 December, 2019.


Seton Hall will provide two-nights of accommodations for all invited participants coming from outside the New York City/Northern New Jersey area, as well as meals for all invited panelists. Travel funding may also be available on a case-by-case basis.


Please feel free to contact Sean Harvey at with any questions. For more information about History at Seton Hall, please visit our website,

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Prof. Sean Harvey
Department of History
Seton Hall University

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