Call for Papers: 15th Annual HP Conference

Local Communities: Global World

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We will be holding the 15th annual Historical Perspectives conference in Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall on the 8th and 9th of June 2018, and the theme for next year’s conference is ‘Local Communities: Global World’.

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2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage, offering a unique opportunity for researchers across the continent to engage with the past, its impact on the present, and possible futures. The conference organisers wish to give a platform to speakers who would like to present their research on a number of themes, and welcome other creative proposals on local and global histories.

The deadline for proposal submission is 28th February 2018. Each submission must include a title, a 250 word abstract, your name, your institution and any special requirements you may have. Proposals must be tied in with the stated theme or sub-themes of the conference. Interdisciplinary papers are encouraged.

Proposals should be sent to the Local Communities: Global World conference convener, William Burns at w.burns.1@research.gla.ac.uk

Proposals will be assessed by the Historical Perspectives committee, and successful candidates will be contacted in March and April 2018.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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December Seminar – Abstracts

Our next seminar will take place on December 13th at 17:00, Lilybank House Seminar Room, University of Glasgow, when we will be welcoming Veni Kojouharova and Shushu Li, both of the University of Glasgow.

Veni’s paper is entitled ‘Elite manipulation and ethnic nationalism: Yugoslavia between communism and democracy’.

Abstract:

This paper argues that the collapse of Yugoslavia occurred when it did not just because of elite manipulation and/or ethnic nationalism; what should also be considered is the relevance of both in the debate in the context of democratisation – the historical period of transitioning between communism and democracy. Firstly, the political situation that the federation was in and its weakened state was crucial for the eruption of ethnic hatred and political opportunists. The transition from a socialist state to a democratic one led to the ambition of the communist elites to do anything to preserve their power. With that motivation, they were exploiting the frames of nationalism in order to overcome the threat of other elites and the changing system; they were playing on ‘what people wanted’ but it stemmed from their own interests. Secondly, the democratisation process for the first time in decades gave people the opportunity to more openly display their ideologies and beliefs related to ethnicity and nationalism. The socialist one-party system had imposed a doctrine which aimed to homogenise the society as a whole and ethnic communities and to provide one Yugoslav identity. Thus, rather than eliminating the nationalist sentiments and trends, it just suppressed them and denied people the ability to express their own ethnic beliefs. With the instability brought during the transitional process of democratisation, those latent nationalistic sentiments and hatreds arose and were given an opportunity to be utilised.

Shushu’s paper is entitled ‘Remote Nationalism and the Chinatown: Root Culture is Chinese Diaspora Parents’ Spirit in ‘Shaman’ and The Joy Luck Club’

Abstract:

One immigrates to another country, the old days in the homeland will haunt him, and he becomes ‘an alienated and troubled soul’ (Kong 2003: 547) which is shocked by unfamiliar cultures. It is a ‘spiritual exile’ (Pai 1976: 208) for a Chinese immigrant in America as a ‘perpetual wanderer’ (208) who is ‘burdened with a memory which carries the weight of 5000 years’ (209). When ‘the linear history is broken’ (Clifford 1994: 318), the diaspora cultures emerge and mediate the past and the present, and the root culture and the target culture. Aside from the tension of the ‘historical rift’ (Gilroy 1994: 293-294) between ‘there’ and ‘here’, this diasporic experience forms a positive diasporic consciousness, which is termed ‘contrapuntal’ by Edward Said (1984: 171-172; 1990: 48-50), meaning a tolerance towards cultural diversity for ‘the best of a bad situation’ (Clifford 1994: 312). This paper contrasts how the root culture is narrated in two Contemporary Chinese-American Diaspora Literature The Woman Warrior and The Luck Club regarding the first generation’s confused connection to China and America, and the ultimate ‘contrapuntal’ in the third space in terms of in terms of how they managed the distance, the memory and the remote nationalism, how they rebuilt their community, namely, Chinatown, a ‘city within a city’ in America, and how they settled in the ‘hybridity’ in the everyday use as material culture.

Refreshments will be provided, and you’re invited to join us for a drink afterwards to socialise and for further discussion.

December seminar

The next Historical Perspectives Seminar will take place on December 13th at 17:00, Lilybank House Seminar Room, University of Glasgow.

Our speakers for this seminar will be:

Veni Kojouharova, University of Glasgow: ‘Elite manipulation and ethnic nationalism: Yugoslavia between communism and democracy’.

and

Shushu Li, University of Glasgow: ‘Remote Nationalism and the Chinatown: Root Culture is Chinese Diaspora Parents’ Spirit in ‘Shaman’ and The Joy Luck Club’

Refreshments will be provided, and you’re invited to join us for a drink afterwards to socialise and for further discussion.

Read abstracts for these papers here.

Historical Perspectives December seminar

November seminar

The next Historical Perspectives Seminar will take place on November 15th at 17:00, Lilybank House Seminar Room, University of Glasgow.

Our speakers for this month will be:

Matthew Nicolson, University of Edinburgh:
‘“A Last Stand Against that Tartan Monstrosity”: Echoes of the 1970s in Contemporary Shetland’

and

Stephen McBurney, University of Glasgow:
‘Reinterpreting the Serpentine Dance: a Localised Approach to Early Cinema in Scotland’

Refreshments will be provided, and you’re invited to join us for a drink afterwards to socialise and for further discussion.

Historical Perspectives November seminar

Get involved in Historical Perspectives

We are keen to recruit Historical Perspectives representatives at universities across the country.

The rep’s responsibilities include raising awareness of the society at their institution, and passing on calls for papers for our seminars and conferences.

Representatives will have the opportunity to chair a panel at our Summer 2018 conference, and will also be given preference to present their own research at the conference and/or seminars.

If you would be interested in acting as representative for your institution, please contact w.burns.1@research.gla.ac.uk.

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