Call for proposals - conference in Sciences Po Paris : Political transitions and federal projects, late 18th - early 21st centuries

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Call for Papers
May 23, 2018
Subject Fields: 
World History / Studies, European History / Studies, Asian History / Studies, African History / Studies, American History / Studies

International Conference on

Political Transitions and Federal Projects

(late 18th - early 21st centuries)


Sciences Po Paris, American University of Paris, University Paris Diderot

23-25 May 2018

Contemporary societies, from Catalonia to Kurdistan, from the European Union to India, have been marked in recent history by a lingering debate on the most desirable and practical levels of political sovereignty, legitimacy and institutions. In times of crisis, this debate has found particularly strong echoes in federal projects purporting to reconfigure existing polities.

The aim of this conference is to foster a historical questioning on federalism in periods of political transition. Departing from a normative vision that has too often associated federalism with liberal democracy, the idea is to explore unexplored regions of federal projects and practices, such as  the Soviet Union, often perceived as a ‘’pseudo-federation’’, or Jacobin France, supposedly impervious to federalist ideas. International comparisons and transnational approaches are encouraged, since the rhetoric and practice of federal alternatives have more often than not drawn on multi-level horizons.

The conference will be organized around four main themes: 

• A first axis focuses on federalist moments in contemporary history on a transnational scale. 

• A second line of thought questions the nexus between the federal option and multinationalism

• A third aspect deals with the levels of federal governement and imagination

• Finally, the conference will discuss the ideas, ideologies and political practices underlying the federalist idea

Proposals should be submitted in English or French by December 20, 2017 to ​

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Organizing Committee

Sabine Dullin, Sciences Po Paris, ; Etienne Peyrat, Sciences Po Lille, ; Stephen Sawyer, American University of Paris,

Scientific Committee

Katharine Adeney, Nottingham University - Stéphanie Balme, Sciences Po Paris - Hamit Bozarslan, EHESS - Frederick Cooper, NYU - Sabine Dullin, Sciences Po Paris - Yoshiro Ikeda, The University of Tokyo - Didier Nativel, Université Paris Diderot - Ivan Sablin, Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Stephen Sawyer, American University of Paris - Geneviève Verdo, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

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