PhD Students’ Conference “Revolutions and Upheavals in History”

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Call for Papers
February 16, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Modern European History / Studies, Political History / Studies, Social History / Studies, Intellectual History, Cultural History / Studies


The wide subject of revolution and upheaval will be considered in the conference, in the context of history, cultural theory, humanities and social sciences and political science. Revolutions and upheavals as points of discontinuity within the historical narrative acquire a large cultural significance from ancient to modern times: they are feared, mystified, and their participants in official ideologies often receive the aura of martyrs or egotistical terrorists and criminals. The controversial subject of revolution and upheaval, therefore, deserves more scholarly attention.

Since revolutions and memories of revolutions touch on multiple domains of society, this subject requires a multidisciplinary approach and the conference will therefore be open to those students who regard revolutions and upheavals from the viewpoints of other disciplines within the humanities and social sciences such as sociology, political science, media studies, art history, literary history, cultural anthropology and other related disciplines.

The suggested subjects for papers include:

Revolutions and identities – revolution and gender, revolution and race, national and (inter)national revolutions, revolutions and colonialism

Participants – biographies of the participants of revolutions, political parties, revolutionary organizations, the military and the police

Revolutions and the culture of memory – memorials, revolution in works of art, testimonies of revolutions, historiography on revolutions and upheavals

Revolution and culture – the influence of revolution on everyday life, societies of upheaval, mythologization and imagery of revolutionary and subversive movements, revolution in the media

Thought of revolution – political ideas, the revolutionary worldview, utopias and dystopias, the intellectual history of revolutionary movements

The conference will be held on May 4 and 5 2018 at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, within the festival of history “Kliofest.” Participants can submit abstracts of their papers (400 words maximum, Times New Roman 12) to the e-mail address by February 16 2018. The organizational board will choose the papers and in the period of one week will inform the participants on whether their papers were accepted. The official languages of the conference are Croatian, Serbian, Slovenian, Bosnian, Montenegrin, Macedonian and English.

Contact Info: 

Organizational Commitee members: Vinko Drača: or Nikola Tomašegović: