EDIZIONE 2020

STUDENT CONFERENCE 2020
WHAT WE TALK WHEN WE TALK ABOUT HISTORY

DEADLINE: September 30, 2019 (expired)

What we talk about when we talk about history is a Student Conference for graduate students and PhD students who have worked and work on thesis and research projects in the field of Modern and Contemporary History.

The Student Conference aims to encourage dialogue between students and doctoral students from different backgrounds on the methodology of historical research: from historiographic trends to the screening of sources, from the construction of a discourse of identity and memory to the intersection with philosophy and political doctrines, up to the “new” challenges and perspectives.

In recent years, the methodology of historical research has faced profound changes; the increasingly marked phenomena of globalization and digitization have placed the historian in front of the need to deal with non-traditional sources and with a new language. In this context, the questions “what is history for?” and “what does the ‘historical profession’ involve” have come up again today with great urgency.

The Call for Papers is aimed at students (in possess of a Bachelor degree) and PhD students (up to and including the Italian XXXII cycle – or who have not yet obtained their qualification) who wish to present their current research, focusing on the methodological aspects, the problems faced and the choices made in the course of their studies.

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PANELS' PARTICIPANTS
The final calendar

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Monday 17/02

h. 15.00 – 15.45: Institutional greetings and introduction

h. 16.00 – 18.00: Panel 1. What sources for the historian?

Chair: Carlotta Marchi

Pier Paolo Alfei (Università di Macerata e Società Italiana di Storia Militare)«Considerazioni sulle fonti d’archivio relative alle spedizioni artiche italiane e norvegesi condotte tra XIX e XX secolo»

Flavio Conia (Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza) «Disegnare percorsi, offrire strumenti: le fonti d’archivio e la storia contemporanea italiana. Tra archivi di deposito, fondi privati, fonti inaccessibili: il caso di studio SIR»

Niccolò Lucarini (Università degli Studi di Torino) «Distruggere documenti, fare storia: note etnografiche sugli archivi della decolonizzazione del Kenya»

Iris Pupella-Noguès (Université de Paris-Est e Università degli Studi di Trieste) «La memoria si confonde nel paesaggio urbano? Negoziazione degli spazi dal fascismo alla repubblica a Trieste (1922-1960)»

Elena Serina  (Università degli Studi di Pavia) «Rinnovare la ricerca storica. Il case study di Louis Dimier a confronto con le nuove prospettive storiografiche»

Tuesday 18/02

h. 9.00 – 10.45: Panel 2. «Culture and power»: between cultural studies e social history

Chair: Francesco Casales

Carlo Daffonchio  (Università degli Studi di Udine) «Wonder Woman sul fronte occidentale. Storia, cinecomic e riscrittura della memoria»

Marcello Nuccio  (Università degli Studi di Torino) «Dalla frontiera ai margini. Transizioni dall’impegno politico alla cooperazione sociale nel milieu cattolico torinese»

Silvia Pizzirani  ( Università di Bologna) «L’ecologia mercificata»

Giovanni Spina (Università di Bologna) «Immagini e biografie, “tracce” fondamentali per la Storia del carcere»

Benedetta Valdesalici  (Università di Bologna) «È una signora Candy: appunti per un approccio femminista a Carosello»

h. 11.00 – 12.45: Panel 3. Construction of identity and memory

Chair: Luca Bellia

Marco Francalanci (Università degli Studi di Milano e Universidad de Alcalá) «Riaffermazione di identità cittadine attraverso la stampa di testi normativi complessi. Edizioni cinquecentesche di statuti toscani»

Monica Mereu (Università degli Studi di Cagliari) «Costruzione di un’identità nell’Iran prerivoluzionario: La comunità ebraica di Teheran come caso studio»

Alessandro Porrà ( Università degli Studi di Cagliari) «La Comunità Ebraica di Istanbul e la Nostalgia Neo-Ottomana»

Tommaso Rebora ( Università degli Studi di Teramo) «Tra soggettività e oblio: (ri)costruire la memoria pubblica della stagione dei movimenti»

Gabriele Tedeschini (Università Ca’ Foscari) «Tra identità e memoria: il movimento operaio ferroviario argentino durante l’ultima dittatura militare e il caso della cittadina di Remedios de Escalada»

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h. 14.00 – 16.00: Panel 4. To interpret history through philophy and political thought.

Chair: Enrico Ciappi

Lorenzo Fiori (Università del Piemonte Orientale) «Artificieri foucaultiani nel cantiere della Storia: la metodologia archeo-genealogica come strumento decostruttivo. La boîte à outils di Michel Foucault per un’ontologia dell’attualità»

Edoardo Frezet (Université Côte d’Azur, AIR) «National Identity Against Nationalism? The Case for Transnational History»

Anna Guerini (Alma Mater Studiorum ) «La civile violenza dei desideri. Tocqueville e la democratizzazione della storia»

Pietro Menghini (Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale) «La creazione della nuova identità islamica: il ritorno alle fonti nel pensiero di Jawdat Sa’id»

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h. 16.30 – 18.00: Lectio Magistralis Prof. Fulvio Cammarano (Università di Bologna)

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Wednesday 19/02

h. 9.30 – 11.15: Panel 5. Historical Trajectories: from Micro-Stories to World History.

Chair: The direction committee

Julia Boechat Machado ( Università di Bologna) «Where None Has Ever Sailed Before Us: Os Lusíadas and the Shifting Place of the Age of Discoveries in Portuguese Cultural History»

Chama Kaluba Jickson (Università degli Studi di Pavia) «An Agricultural and Cultural History of Cassava in Zambia: Examining Sources Available for the Study of the History of Cassava»

Riccardo Mardegan (Università degli Studi di Pavia) «Tekax 1610. Da una rivolta periferica all’organigramma coloniale spagnolo»

Damiano Pellizzaro (Università Ca’ Foscari) «Suppliche di Levante al Collegio dei Savi di Venezia (XVII sec.)»

Carlo Ludovico Severgnini (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa) «Montaillou: intersezioni di microstoria, metastoria e storia globale»

h. 11.30 – 12.15: Conclusion

THEMATIC PANELS' DESCRIPTION
STUDENT CONFERENCE 2020
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The past, nowadays, is a symbolic resource of great value for societies and political groups, especially in the process of building and consolidating their identity. The memory of historical events is an irreplaceable element in political and social narratives, often assuming the connotations of a battlefield between one group and another. The functions carried out by memory are manifold: from a form of legitimation of institutions, passing through the aggregating function that the past deploys in large and heterogeneous social groups, such as Nation states, to the reference to alternative models of life in respect to contemporary ones.
Therefore, identity is inseparably connected to memory, or rather to the use that is made of it, and to the interpretation of history that is provided. In this sense, memory and identity are related in a process of political elaboration in perpetual evolution. The task of historians, and more generally of social scientists, is becoming increasingly difficult because the past transcends the object of study and is perceived as the exclusive heritage of social groups, touching on emotional cords that make the work of the scholar always more challenging.
The panel intends to investigate the various forms of the relationship between identity and memory in contemporary historiographical debate. The candidate is asked to discuss the aspects of this link, also through case studies, and its repercussions on historiographic research.

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Interpreting history through the lens of philosophy and political thought

The philosophy of history represents an “appeal to the universal participation of thought in all that is human” and in all that has happened in the past. With this panel we accept Hegel’s appeal and invite scholars to propose new research, both philosophical and historical-critical, relevant to the development of the conception of history and historiography in the course of the contemporary age.
Philosophy offers valuable tools for reading and interpreting history, allowing us to recognize and use with order and rigour the conceptual characteristics of the historiographical method, such as the individuality or uniqueness of historical facts, their causal correlation or the meaning that events possess in an absolute or relative sense.
This interweaving of theoretical and practical experiences, of reflections and actions, is articulated both as methodological systems, that is, as complex theoretical structures, more or less directly oriented towards praxis, and as conceptual categories, that is, ideal structures that organize theories and allow their comparison.
Obviously, philosophers and historians have not thought of the same problems through the same categories. We therefore invite you to underline the coexistence of the history of thought with geography and the chronology of thought, in order to illustrate both the evolution over time of intellectual traditions that innervate the reflection on history, as well as the specificities, relevant and recognizable, with which each of the great geographical areas of the world develops and interprets them.
The need for this reflection stems from the conviction that political thought is a concrete thought, actively involved in the world, both as a critique of existence, that is, as a de-construction, and as a construction, as a project to build a ‘better’ social order able to satisfy criteria of legitimacy different from those of the present order. In the wake of these visions, we invite to reflect on the meaning of history and historiography in today’s social context. Beyond its simplistic and improvised worst declinations, a discussion of this theme can be a fruitful source of confrontation between professional historians and a privileged channel of communication with the rest of society.

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The “traces” of history. What sources for historians?

The methodology of historical research imposes a strict critical analysis of the sources: the process of choosing, interpreting and using them is, in fact, one of the key points in the work of the historian. The historiographic debate has long dwelt on the limits of the process of sources’ identification: what can be considered as such, what are the interpretative tools, what are the risks and problems involved. Over the years, the concept of “source” has been revised, expanded and modified: one thinks, for example, of the debate on oral sources or on the historical significance of images and art; to bibliographic and archive research has been added the analysis of photographs, artistic artifacts, oral testimonies, even television commercials: useful and necessary tools to reconstruct historical narratives and to understand the representations and perceptions of a given historical period.
The enlargement of the number of sources presupposes a continuous interpretative process that historians cannot ignore; hence the need to subject the research to a critical review that takes into account a plurality of factors: the period of production, the actors involved and their aims, the instruments used, the contact with technological innovations and modernity. Think of the changes occurred in recent years: in the era of social networks, we must ask ourselves to what extent and in what way it is permissible to include and use photos, posts and opinions in historical research. The umbrella of history contains a series of disciplines, which use and make their own different and multiple tools of investigation; it is the task of the historian, therefore, to encourage the intersection of disciplines, as well as of sources.
Starting from Peter Burke’s proposal to try to identify the sources as “traces of the past in the present”, the panel aims both to investigate at a methodological level the concept of source, the plurality of traces, tools, limits and difficulties of interpretation, and to discuss concrete case studies. Opening up to ongoing, completed and study proposals, the aim of the panel is to encourage exchanges between young scholars and their different interests and methodologies.

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Historiographical trajectories: from microhistories to world history (and return)

At the fading of the 80s Edward Said suggested that ‘historical writing is after all writing and not reality’. In so saying the Palestinian scholar was entrenching the turning point – that he himself had contributed to shape – at that moment deeply affecting historical studies on a world scale.
Since the early 60s to the 80s and beyond, the historian’s craft had in fact begun to experience a massive reshaping. The inoculation of linguistical concepts in the methodological expertise of the historian – such as those of discourse and enunciate; the implementation of the analytical category of ‘Orientalism’; the re-discovery of the Gramscian theory amongst cultural scholars; the new attention conceded to micro-histories as both political and methodological standpoints in telling counter-histories of class, gender, and racial dominions; all this contributed to the formation of what are now relatively established as the most explored trajectories of historical studies.
But are they that firm? And how is so? Even though probably well established at a strictly academic level, the radical stances of these historiographical theories and methods seem to have sometimes lost their raison d’être. Do these theories still represent a valuable but alternative approach to the study of the past? If that is not the case, how – and when – did they lost this capacity? Did they ever stand the chance to be politically effective?
In this panel we aim at deepening theoretical and methodological issues related to these more or less recent historiographical traditions. Papers will therefore be chosen in respect to their capacity to build a new understanding of both the historiographic trajectory chosen by the participant (therefore proposing a self-reflection over the discipline or the scholar trajectory) and/or the critical employment of the discipline’s tools in carrying out an original research on one or several specific case studies.

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“Culture and power”: between cultural studies and social history

This panel is the result of a desire to compare research experiences centred on a re-elaboration of methodologies related to the field of sociology, cultural studies, and critical theory, with the aim of highlighting their heuristic value for the purposes of historical research.
A privileged access point to the history of social formations will be identified in the mass media, in the forms of self-narrative and representation of social alterity, and in the various ways of (re)production of the legitimacy of power. Therefore, the contributions presented in this context will focus on the modalities of (re)production and resistance to the social models represented as dominant in the historical contexts of reference.

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CONTACTS

This project is aimed at foster dialogue between graduate and PhD students from different backgrounds.


Participation is open to all young national and international researchers.

Adress: Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali, Corso Strada Nuova, 65, 27100, PAVIA

Email: studentconference@unipv.it

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