CFP: In Search of Revolution 1916-1923

In Search of Revolution 1916-1923: Germany and its European Context

When compared to the state of research on the First World War as well as on the Weimar Republic the German Revolution as an integral part of the revolutionary era from 1916 to 1923 in Europe as a discrete field is understudied. This interdisciplinary symposium seeks to do two things: Firstly, we want to broaden the scope of the debate on the German Revolution beyond its present narrow political parameters by incorporating its social/cultural, literary/discursive, political/legal and commemorative/memory aspects; and secondly, related to this, we want to re-historicize the German Revolution by reinserting it into the era of revolutionary ferment in Europe between 1916 and 1923 through comparative analysis, which also aims at integrating colonial influences. To this end we wish to invite scholars working on Germany, Europe and Britain & Ireland in this period to submit proposals for contributions that might open the field towards a new interdisciplinary and transnational paradigm of revolution in this period.

In particular we welcome proposals focusing on
– revolution in its everyday setting
– revolution as social practice and social memory
– revolution and its contemporary discourses
– revolution as cultural agenda
– revolution as national history/public narrative.

English language proposals of around 500 words should be emailed to all three organizers not later than 29 February 2012; full papers will be pre-circulated by January 2013.

The symposium is hosted by the Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte in Hamburg (FZH) and will take place on 21-23 March 2013.


Prof. Dr. Klaus Weinhauer:

Prof. Dr. Anthony McElligott:

PD Dr. Kirsten Heinsohn:


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