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CFP: 1916 in Global Context: Connections and Comparisons

Call for Papers for an International Conference on

1916 in Global Context: Connections and Comparisons

National University of Ireland, Galway Thursday, 16 June - Friday, 17 June 2016

The purpose of this conference is to explore the significance of Ireland’s Easter Rising and other revolutionary events in the year 1916 in the context of growing challenges to the global imperial system. Our aim is to test the hypothesis that the Irish revolutionary generation was embedded in a range of global transnational networks and that the Rising itself has parallels with other revolutionary events around the world in 1916. The Easter Rising took place during a period of global revolutionary transformations that are often overshadowed by the 1917 Russian Revolution. These include the Mexican Revolution, the Arab Revolt, the Basmachi Revolt, as well as street protests and food riots in European cities.

The following scholars have already committed to giving papers on their fields of expertise: Olivier Compagnon (Latin America); Jonathan Hyslop (South Africa); Padraic Kenney (Poland); Heike Liebau (Germany); Fatemeh Masjedi (Persia); Filipe de Meneses (Portuguese Empire); Andrew Newby (Finland); Michael Provence (Arab world); Danielle Ross (Central Asia); Vanda Wilcox (Italy).

Scholars are invited to submit proposals for papers focusing on revolutionary events in 1916, especially with regard to the following themes:

  • Links between the Irish revolutionary generation and international feminist, socialist, anarcho-syndicalist, pacifist and Catholic/Protestant networks
  • Reception of the Easter Rising in other parts of the world
  • Revolutionary developments in southeastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, the Indian sub-continent, East Asia, Australasia and the Pacific, and Mexico
  • Revolutionary templates and strategies along with civilian responses
  • Urban revolutionary activity

The conference is an initiative of Róisín Healy, Gearóid Barry and Enrico Dal Lago at the History Department, National University of Ireland, Galway and is supported by a generous grant from the Irish Research Council New Foundations. It forms part of NUI Galway’s contribution to the commemoration of the revolutionary decade of 1913-1923.

Prospective participants should send a paper title and a 300-word abstract, accompanied by a one-page c.v. to by the deadline of 1 December 2015. They will be notified of acceptance by 18 December 2015. Participants will be provided with meals during the conference.


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