“Towards A Brave New World” Rebuilding Europe after Napoleon 1815-1853

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April 8, 2022 to April 9, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Diplomacy and International Relations, European History / Studies, Political History / Studies, Military History, Modern European History / Studies

On April 8 and 9, an international virtual conference is organised on how Europe was rebuild after the Napoleonic Wars by Prof Dr Beatrice de Graaf (Utrecht University/Security History Network) and Dr Alexander Mikaberidze  external link(Louisiana State University). If you are interested in - or your current research is on - post-Napoleonic history and security studies, than this Call for Papers may be for you. More information of the conference and the CfP can be found on this page, or via the yellow button below.

The aim of this virtual conference is to build on recent historiographical work and explore how the European Powers in the years immediately after end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 (up until the Crimean War) transformed the norms of interstate relations, developed a new system of collective security and laid the foundation for transnational police networks. The theme of post-Napoleonic reconstruction and reform as a transnational, trans-imperial project has been addressed in recent years.

But much more can be unearthed and analyzed in a multidisciplinary approach of history, politics, culture, intellectual thought, sociology, strategy, security studies, study of emotions, etc. This conference therefore invites contributions ranging from the field of military security, defense works (fortresses), public governance, police and security studies (security agencies) to new concepts of governmentality and sociability, on economic and financial history (indemnities and reparations), including contributions on the more emotional, imaginative dimensions of the post-1815 reconstructions, regarding ‘the public spirit’, the aspect of fake news, the necessity to deal with trauma, and feelings of revenge or fear for terror.

The conference will be held virtually, on the Zoom platform, by Louisiana State University-Shreveport and University of Utrecht. It will be free and open to the registered participants. More information on the conference will follow soon, so keep an eye out on this page. 

Keynotes: Keynotes will be given by, amongst others: prof.dr. Glenda Sluga (University of Sydney/European Institute Florence), prof.dr. Elise Wirtschafter (California State Polytechnic University), dr. Evangelos (Aggelis) Zarokostas (University of Bristol).

Proposals: Please send your abstract or panel proposals to securityhistorynetwork@uu.nl including the following information:

  • Paper title
  • Name and affiliation
  • Contact details (email)
  • Abstract of 150-200 words
  • Biography of 80 words highlighting teaching and research interests and publications (3-4 title and year only).

Proposals for panels of two or three papers must include the above information for all papers and a brief description of the panel itself of 100 words.

Key dates:

  • Proposal deadline: 15 January 2022
  • Notification: 1 February 2022
  • Conference: 8-9 April 2022
Contact Info: 

Beatrice de Graaf

University of Utrecht



Alexander Mikaberidze

Louisiana State University-Shreveport