Call for Papers - Part 9

posted by Dimiter on 2006/11/14 15:15

[ Call for Papers ]

Call for Proposals

Political Culture and Cultural Politics in Central and South East Europe, 1850-1950

International Workshop - Sofia, 5-7 July 2007

Institute of Balkan Studies with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Research Group in European Urban Culture Newcastle, UK

Urbanization transformed both central and south-eastern Europe during the
late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, creating new social groups, and
new ways of perceiving society which in turn informed new forms of politics.
There is already an extensive literature on the national politics of these
regions, from the nationalities policies and nationalist movements of the German
and Austro-Hungarian empires to the party politics of the successor states.

The aim of this workshop is to examine the development of political cultures
in a range of different kinds of urban environment from the two regions. The
focus will be on points of contact between culture and politics in two broad

Political culture will be defined as the cultural forms and media in which
politics finds expression, or through which political ideas are transmitted:

  • press and news media
  • pamphlets and political literature
  • contemporary scholarship and academic research
  • propaganda and state publicity
  • caricature, satire, and commentary
  • slogans, symbols and uniforms
  • music and songs

Cultural politics will be understood as the ways in which culture is
political in the broadest sense, or has political purposes:

  • cultural and educational policies of national and local governments
  • the establishment of cultural institutions
  • relations between government or political movements and cultural industries
  • political uses of popular culture (whether commercial or `grass roots')
  • the politics of memorials and monuments
  • ritual, ceremony, the performance of politics and staging of history
  • political activities or affiliations of art movements
  • political uses of sport, sporting events and leisure activities, including

Participants will examine the ways in which culture has been used to
reinforce or undermine political authority, or has assisted the growth and
development of political movements, and they will look at the ways in which
culture and cultural events have been used explicitly by those with political
authority to further political ends.

Presentations will be 30 minutes and followed by time for discussion.
Proposals should be up to 500 words.

Deadline for submitting proposals: 5 January 2007


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