‘The French Revolution Effect’ Workshop, King’s College London, June 4-5, 2015

Kings College London

I am delighted to put in a plug here for the ‘French Revolution Effect’ Workshop to be held this summer in London, with admiration for Rosa Mucignat and Sanja Perovic who’ve organized it. You’ll note that speakers touch on many hot topics in the air, such as the circulation of ideas among sister republics of France, as well as Ireland, Spain, Switzerland and Germany. Also of interest are papers on émigré literature and the politics of memory. On that note of circulating, there is also much talk of movement–of troops, of transnational charity, or of pencils, which “draw distance” after the Terror–by one of my favorite art historians, Richard Taws.

I’ve pasted the program below.  Hope to see you there!

‘The French Revolution Effect’ Workshop, King’s College London


Thursday 4 June

 14:00-14:15     Welcome and introductory remarks

14:15-15:45    Panel 1: Temporalities of Revolution

Paul Hamilton (QMUL), Revisionism: Contemporary Refigurings of Revolution

Roderick Beaton (King’s), Imagining a Hellenic Republic, 1797-1812: Rigas, Korais, Byron

Maike Oergel (Nottingham), The ‘nation’ and ‘freedom’ as politically radical concepts in the

context of post-Napoleonic political agitation in Germany: the case of Burschenschaftler Karl and August Follen 1815-24

15:45 -16:00    Coffee break

16:00-17:30    Panel 2: Radical Memory

Jon Mee (York), Universal Liberty and Radical Memory: The Case of John Thelwall in the 1790s

Catriona Kennedy (York), Republican Relicts: Gender, Mourning, and the Memory of the 1798 Irish Rebellion

Daniel Muñoz Sempere (King’s), The Spanish Bastille: The Inquisition and the Rise of Liberalism in Spain

 18:00-19:30    Guided tour of Freemasonry Museum and Library

Friday 5 June

 9:30-11:00      Panel 3: Transnational Politics of Religion and Dissent

Adam Sutcliffe (King’s), Jewish Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and the Time of the Jewish Left

Emma Major (York), Sins of the Nation: Anna Laetitia Barbauld and God’s Citizens

Erica Mannucci (Milan – Bicocca), The Democratization of Anti-Religious Thought in Revolutionary Times: A Transnational Perspective

  11:00-11:15    Coffee break

11:30-13:00    Panel 4: Mapping Revolution at Home and Abroad

Julia Douthwaite (Notre Dame), Mapping Concepts in Movement, ca. 1790, 1798, and 1830: The Evidence of La Boussole nationale, Pauliska, and Le Rouge et le Noir

Francesco Manzini (Oxford), Stendhal’s Franco-Italian Revolution

Jasper Heinzen (York), Paying Interest on the Wages of War: German Veterans of the British Army and the Transnational Politics of Charity in (Post-)Napoleonic Europe 

13:00-14:30    Lunch

14:00-15:30    Panel 5: Feelings in Motion and at a Distance

Richard Taws,  (UCL) Inventions of the Pencil: Drawing Distance after the Terror

Elystan Griffiths (Birmingham), Space and the Revolution in German Writing after 1789

Kate Astbury (Warwick), The Melodramatic Effect

15:30-16:00    Coffee break

16:00 -17:30   Roundtable discussion: Keywords of the Revolution in Europe

King’s College London Chapel, 18:00:  Performance of Sylvain Maréchal’s Le Jugement dernier des rois (1793) by the students of the French Department.

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