Nations and Empires

Nations and Empires

Université Toulouse 2 Jean Jaurès – FRAMESPA, Volker Depkat (Ratisbonne), Mathieu Grenet (Toulouse - Framespa), Susanne Lachenicht (Bayreuth), Mathilde Monge (Toulouse - Framespa)
Gefördert durch
u.a. Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, FRAMESPA, Institut des Ameriques
Vom - Bis
04.05.2021 -
Prof. Dr. Susanne Lachenicht

Nations & Empires: Colloque International / International Conference; Online / en ligne.

Organisé par:
Université Toulouse 2 Jean Jaurès – FRAMESPA; Volker Depkat (Ratisbonne), Mathieu Grenet (Toulouse - Framespa), Susanne Lachenicht (Bayreuth), Mathilde Monge (Toulouse - Framespa)

Nations and Empires

Recent research on the relationship between nations and empires has emphasized the need to rethink not only the very nature of this relationship, but also some of the standard paradigms in studies on nation-building, nationalism and the modern nation-state, from the late Middle Ages to the modern era. Scholarship on the late medieval and early modern period has drawn attention to early, avant la lettre occurrences of these phenomena, dating back as early as the 15th century. Meanwhile, historians of the modern period hold that there was no clear transition from empire to nation-state: in fact, imperial and national narratives and practices often resemble each other (Judson 2006, Schenk 2013). Eventually, the concept of nation often comes entangled with notions of “race,” “religion,” “ethnicity” and “class,” as well as with other markers of collective identifications in the early modern and modern period (Berger and Lorenz 2008).

The international conference “Nations and empires” aims to explore these relationships in all their conceptual and phenomenological complexity, through examples from Europe, Africa, and the Americas during the early modern and modern periods.

The conference will be structured around three main questions, bridging chronologies and spaces:

1) Inheritance, extension, reinvestment: (re-)thinking the transition to the national and its entanglements with the notion of empire.

2) Imagined communities, between empires and nations: issues, practices and representations.

3) Embeddedness, compatibility, competition: (re-)thinking the relationship between empires and nations beyond the “ladder game” (Revel 2016).


4 mai

14h30 - 15h00
Introduction : Volker Depkat (Ratisbonne), Mathieu Grenet (Toulouse - Framespa), Susanne Lachenicht (Bayreuth), Mathilde Monge (Toulouse - Framespa)

15h00 - 17h30
1) Héritages, prolongements et réinvestissements : repenser la transition nationale et son articulation à la question impériale / Heritage, Continuation, and Reinvestments: (Re-)thinking the Transition to the Nation(State) and Its Interplay with Notions of Empire
Chair : Sébastien Rozeaux (Toulouse - Framespa)

- Bartolomé Yun Casalilla (Séville) – Between the Composite Monarchy and the Nation-state, 1492-1808: On the Making of Spain, or How to Explain a Historical Gap
- Aspasia Dimitriadi (EHESS) – Exploiter le passé, construire la nation : l'utilisation du passé impérial en Grèce au XIXe siècle



- Emmanuelle Pérez-Tisserant (Toulouse - Framespa) – L’héritage impérial dans la construction nationale du Mexique au XIXe siècle
- Juliette Cadiot (EHESS) – Universalism versus/toward Diversity: Voices from the Russian Empire, June 1917: Nationalities in the Preparation of the Elections of Constituent Assembly


18h00-20h00 Keynote - Frederick Cooper (NYU): Empire et nation, une perspective sur le temps long
Chair : Mathieu Grenet (Toulouse - Framespa)

5 mai

13h30-15 h 30
2) Les communautés imaginées entre empires et nations : enjeux, pratiques et représentations / Imagined Communities between Empires and Nations: Issues, Practices and Representations
Chair : Volker Depkat (Regensburg)

- Wim Klooster (Clark Univ.) – The Early Dutch Republic as a Modern Version of the Roman Empire
- Thomas Brisson (Univ. Paris 8) – Building the Nation on Transnational Imaginaries: Global Cultures, Modernization and Intellectual Interventions in Post-imperial Singapore
- Etienne Bourdeu (CESR, Tours) – Servir sa nation ou l’empire ? Marc de Rye marquis de Varambon et la structuration de la monarchie hispanique à la fin du XVIe siècle


- Michel Martinez-Perez (Toulouse - Framespa) – La construction de la nation aragonaise par le nationalisme aragonais (de 1917 à nos jours)
- Jasper Trautsch (Humboldt Universitaet Berlin) - Union before State before Nation: Remarks on the Creation of American Nationalism

6 mai


3) Enchâssements, compatibilités, concurrences : penser la mise en tension entre empires et nations au-delà des « jeux d’échelles » / Embeddedness, Compatibility, Competition: (Re-)thinking the Relationship between Empires and Nations beyond the “jeu d’échelles”
Chair : Mathilde Monge (Toulouse - Framespa)

- Nicholas Canny (Galway): Ireland, Irish Catholics, and European Overseas Empires, 1500-1900
- Mathias Leanza (University of Basel): Disentangling the German Imperial Nation, 1871–1919



- Roisin Healy (Galway) – Anti-Imperialism in Irish Nationalist Discourse on Poland and India in the Nineteenth Century
- Balint Varga (Budapest) – An Empire Underneath an Empire: Concepts of a Hungarian Empire in the Long Nineteenth Century

Conclusions : Jane Burbank (NYU)
Chair : Susanne Lachenicht (Bayreuth)


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