History Lab Conference 'REVOLUTION, REFORMATION AND RE-FORMATION: Perspectives on Conflict and Change in History'
Institute of Historical Research
London WC1E 7HU
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Both Martin Luther’s Ninety-five Theses and the October Revolution provoked political, religious, and cultural upheavals at home that reverberated temporally and spatially, evolving into global forces. sixteenth-century Europe and twentieth-century Russia provide insertion points that will allow us to explore the broader themes of revolution and re-formation throughout history. Today, as extremism and radical movements from across the political spectrum receive increasing attention, reflections on the significance of moments of accelerated change in both the short and the long term become greatly relevant and pressing. We are inviting papers considering moments and mechanisms of change in multiple contexts - political, economic, religious, cultural, spatial and material. The conference will take place at the Institute of Historical Research on Thursday 8th June 2017.
The plenary speaker will be Professor Stephen Smith, University of Oxford. Professor Smith's research interests are in the history of modern Russia and China and comparative communism, with a current focus on the 'politics of the supernatural' - how ordinary people deployed religious and magical beliefs and practices as a way of dealing with and putting meaning on the turbulent and often traumatic changes that overtook their lives. In January 2017 he published his latest book, Russia in Revolution: An Empire in Crisis, 1890 to 1928 with Oxford University Press.
The keynote will be delivered by Dr. Daphne Halikiopoulou, Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at Reading. Dr. Halikiopoulou's research looks at radical nationalism, the politics of exclusion, and the cultural and economic determinants of far-right support. She has written books on patterns of secularisation in Greece and the Republic of Ireland, and most recently co-authored The Golden Dawn's 'Nationalist Solution': Explaining the Rise of the Far Right in Greece (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
The conference is FREE for all panelists and attendees, and lunch and refreshments will be provided.
This is a student event (e.g. a graduate conference).
May 22, 2017, 9:00am BST
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