Call for Papers 2017 – (R)evolution: legacy, representations and contemporary experiences

Friday 5 May 2017
Institut du Monde Anglophone
5, rue de l’École de Médecine, 75005, Paris

(R)evolution: legacy, representations and contemporary experiences

1917, the year of the Russian Revolution, is considered to have changed the face of the world and its consequences can still be felt today. This upheaval of the political and social order not only had a symbolic meaning, but also a long-lasting and far-reaching impact.

For the Russians, 1917 was a year of Revolutions against the privileges of the nobility and of part of the upper-classes, against hunger, against war, against corrupted and indifferent politicians, against the exploitation of industrial workers and peasants, against the appropriation of their labour, against phony revolutionaries and the conniving intelligentsia, in short, against the status quo. Have those demands, which appeared a hundred years ago, really been answered to? Are they different from those of today’s European societies?

Capitalism or communism, free market or planned economies, individualism or solidarism, the Western world or the Eastern bloc, siding with the United-States or with the Soviet Union, the CIA or the KGB, democracy or totalitarianism, submission or revolt… To what extent have the analysis of history and of our contemporary societies been steeped in the divisions which arose in 1917?

A century later, what is the legacy of this revolution? How can we define the concept of “revolution” today? Does it still evoke the uprising of a people and a change of political regime? Or has the idea of a revolution become synonymous with evolution and progress, in a scientific and technological sense? Does evolution now mean revolution?

With the centenary of the Russian revolution being celebrated this year, the Réseau de jeunes chercheur.e.s en Histoire Culturelle of the University Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, a network of young researchers in Cultural History built around a seminar entitled Cultural history / Circulation, reception, mediation run by Mrs Svetla Moussakova, will dedicate its fourth conference to a reflection on the theme (R)evolution, understood as cultural legacy and as an idea or a concept. The goal is to question the Russian Revolution and the experiences and contemporary perceptions of the “Revolution” in European and Mediterranean societies from a multidisciplinary point of view, by addressing social, cultural, political and technological questions.

This conference will be organized around five main themes. The issues raised below are ones that might be considered, but they are only suggestions.


How the Cultural History writes the (r)evolution

  • How can we define and characterize the concept of (r)evolutions from the point of view of cultural history?
  • What semantical analysis can we give of the (r)evolution?
  • (R)evolutions: a reality or a theoretical construct invented by historians?
  • How do people who have experienced, or are experiencing, first hand a (r)evolution understand and comprehend it?
  • How can we determine the causes and consequences of a (r)evolution? How can we evaluate or measure their results and consequences?

(Cultural) circulation of (r)evolutionary ideas

  • How does a (r)evolution begin and spread?
  • Travelling revolutionaries, or how do revolutions export themselves?
  • From one to the next: the international flow of revolutionary ideas
  • Political (r)evolutions and cultural (r)evolutions: how can we define the dynamic between the two?

(R)evolutions and migrations

  • Migrating after a (r)evolution
  • Migrations and the emergence and circulation of ideas
  • Migratory flows in a globally connected world
  • Forced displacements, circulation of the individuals and reception policy

The Revolution 2.0 or the “connected” Revolution

  • (R)evolution 2.0: changing parameters for the 21st century society?
  • The protagonists: (r)evolution in the digital age, or protest movements and their use of Internet
  • The revolution and the “global village”: when one spark can lead to a global fire
  • How were new technologies used in the most recent revolutionary movements? Could the Arab Spring have taken place without them?
  • How have new technologies redefined the notion of ‘revolutionary act’? Retweeting for the good cause

(R)evolutions and cultures

  • What role do (r)evolutions play for the arts? What do they bring to culture?
  • Revolutionary writings, literature and translation
  • When literature vaunts the (r)evolution
  • The media and the re-writing of the history of (r)evolutions, whether successful or not: accounts from the winning side
  • (R)evolution and censorship: an ambiguous relation
  • A revolution to fight the revolutionaries: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?*
  • Gender and (r)evolution. The new feminist movement: the seeds of a new revolution?
 *Who will guard the guards themselves?



Abstracts (in French or English) of about 3,000 – 5,000 characters (spaces included), as well as a bibliography and a short biodata, will be sent to before Monday 3rd April, 2017.

The organizing committee will inform you of the result of your candidacy on 10 April.

The abstract will be published in our ‘carnet de recherche’

We will favour disciplinary diversity, the thematic coherence of the conference and the originality of the abstracts and sources you have studied.


The conference will be held at the Institut du Monde Anglophone,
5 rue de l’École de médecine, 75006 Paris 

   Organizing Committee

Laura BONN, PhD student in Political Science
UniversitéSorbonneNouvelle – Paris 3 – ED 514– ICEE
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg – ZentralinstitutfürRegionenforschung


Giedré CIBULSKAITE-VERSINSKIENE, Doctor in Contemporary History
Université Sorbonne Nouvelle–Paris  3


Lara CUNY, PhD student in Irish Studies
Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3  – ED 514 – PRISMES


Alexandre NAVARRO, PhD student in Contemporary History
Université Sorbonne Nouvelle–Paris 3 – ED 514 – ICEE


Liubov PATRUKHINA, PhD student in German Studies
Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 – ED 514 – CEREG


Elena TISLENKO, PhD student in Cultural History
Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 – ED 514 – ICEE


For more information:

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Elena (2017, 13 mars). Call for Papers 2017 – (R)evolution: legacy, representations and contemporary experiences. Carnet de recherche en Histoire culturelle. Consulté le 19 mai 2024, à l’adresse

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