Call for Papers

Theme: Cultural Mobilization
Subtitle: Cultural Consciousness-raising and National Movements in
Europe and the World
Type: International Conference
Institution: Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms (SPIN),
University of Amsterdam
   National Movements and Intermediary Structures in Europe (NISE)
   Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN)
Location: Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Date: 19.–22.9.2018
Deadline: 31.10.2017


A major international conference on “Cultural mobilization: Cultural
consciousness-raising and national movements in Europe and the world”
will be held in Amsterdam between 19 and 22 September 2018. The
conference is organized by SPIN in association with NISE (Antwerp)
and ASEN (London). Proposals for papers or panels can be submitted
until 31 October 2017.

Nationalism relies intensely on cultural consciousness-raising.
Post-1789 states increasingly invoke the national culture they claim
to incorporate; national movements assert their rights within or
against the state by defining their identity in cultural terms
(language, ethnicity, collective memory); cultural production
(literature, the arts, music) and knowledge production (philology,
folklore, history-writing) invoke, indeed often construct, the
nation’s cultural identity.

That state institutions or political activists instrumentalize
cultural notions of collective identity for propaganda purposes, is
well known; but the “cultivation of culture” is more than a passive
propaganda tool: it is a broadly-based social praxis, involving both
cultural production and knowledge production, carried by artists and
intellectuals, with its own inner dynamics, social agency and
mobilizing power. The artistic and intellectual undercurrents of
cultural nationalism, its intermedial entanglements and transnational
diffusion, have been studied as part of the modernizing dynamics of,
specifically, 19th-century Europe.

On that basis, the conference proposed here aims to broaden the scope
in two directions:

1. How did cultural nationalism exercise its agency for social or
political mobilization? How to analyse the relationship between
political and cultural nationalism if we trace causality and agency
from cultural practices into politics?

2. To what extent is this cultural mobilization peculiar to Europe?
What parallels, interactions or differences were there with
nationalism and national movements in the wider world?

Possible fields of attention:
- historical cases of culturally triggered or motivated activism
- cultural producers and knowledge producers as a conduit between
  ‘elites’ and ‘masses’
- the European and global networks of cultural producers and
  knowledge producers
- colonial nationalism
- cultural activism in anti-imperialism and anticolonialism
- (non-)European empires and their multi-ethnicity
- theory of culture-political relations
- Bengal Renaissance
- Pan-Africanism
- Meiji Japan
- Turanism
- indigenous rights movements

Papers/panels with a comparative/transnational scope will be
particularly welcome.

Please address proposals for papers or panels to SPIN (s...@uva.nl)
before 31 October.

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