S·P·I·N - Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms

SPIN - Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms

SPIN aims to chart the cultural and historical root system of European nationalisms and to bring into focus those intellectual networks which carried and disseminated the emerging ideals of cultural nationalism in the Romantic period and in the long nineteenth century (1770-1914).

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Collective identitites PhD reading group

Collective identities play not only a crucial role in the cultural, social and political life, but also in humanities research. The aim of this reading group is to exchange and profit from the theoretical, conceptual and empirical variety provided by humanities research on various forms of collective identities (i.e. national, ethnic, regional, civilizational, artistic, imaginary, political, religious, spatial, urban etc.). Next to reading the work of renowned classic humanities scholars and cutting edge ones, the emphasis however will be on discussing draft versions of participants' own work. 

In this way, the reading group contributes both to the scope of knowledge on collective identities (given the different themes and approaches) and to the concrete applicability of this variety to one’s own research. Since many mechanisms and phenomena within collective identities (such as boundary making, stereotyping, essentialism, identification, politicization, etc.) transcend particular case studies or disciplines, scholars can benefit concretely from each other’s knowledge. 

All scholars working on collective identities – especially ReMa and PhD students – are cordially invited to participate in the reading group. The readings will be chosen and discussed within the group, reflecting on the ongoing research trajectories of the members. This reading group will take place once every six weeks, and can be joined at any time.

Date: Friday, October 17, 2014

Time: 16:30-18:30
Location: PC Hoofthuis, Spuistraat 134, Amsterdam, room 625


1)      Leerssen, J. (2006). ‘Nationalism and the cultivation of culture’, Nations and Nationalism, 12(4), 559-578.

2)      Freeden, M. (1998). ‘Is Nationalism a Distinct Ideology?’, Political Studies, 46, 748–765.

For enrolment, or any questions, please contact Josip Kesic (j.kesic@uva.nl).

SPIN-researcher Kim Simonsen awarded with Faroese Literary Award 2014

We are proud to announce that Kim Simonsen, post-doc at SPIN, was awarded the Faroese Literature Price 2014 in the category fiction for his collection of poems "Hvat hjálpur einum menniskja at vakna ein morgun hesumegin hetta áratúsundi" (2013). The judges on the collection: "Words, images and design are a part of an artistic whole, which represents the existential foundation of the persona in the collection. Travels, arrivals and departures as well as heartbreak, boredom combined with the ever-present blind chance of human biology, these forces of life no one can escape are crystallised in how the persona images the role of man and our consciousness. The poems are serious and operate with wide geographical and intertextual angles. Time and space are not fixed, only death defines a natural and endless circulation, questioning if anyone of us did leave any trace in the many billiard years lifetime of the Earth." Check out the ceremony and an interview with Simonsen for Faroese Television here.

SPIN lecture 2014: Tom Shippey

The 2014 SPIN lecture will be given on Tuesday 25 November by Professor T.A. Shippey. Tom Shippey, emeritus Professor of Humanities at St. Louis University, is famous among the wider public as the world’s foremost specialist on the work of J.R.R. Tolkien and its background in Germanic and Comparative Philology. In the scholarly community, Shippey’s best-known work is on the 19th-century intellectual history of Germanic and Mythological Studies; among his publications in that field are a documentary reception study of Beowulf (Beowulf: The Critical Heritage, with Andreas Haarder) and The Shadow-walkers: Jacob Grimm's Mythology of the Monstrous. He was editor of Studies in Medievalism from 2003 to 2007.

Further details about time and venue will be announced

Conference Announcement and Call for Papers: ‘Northern Myths, Modern Identities: The Nationalization of Mythologies in Northern Europe ’

University of Groningen, the Netherlands

27-29 November 2014

Deadline for application: 10 July 2014

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SpInTime Mappings to include “musical mobility”

Funded by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences, a project on “National Music” is being developed at the University of Amsterdam in close collaboration with SPIN. The SPIN website will include a a variety of materials on musical nationalism.

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New online: Instruction videos for SpInTime maps-in-time

The time-dynamic maps of cultural developments across Europe and across the 19th century (accessible under the menu header "SpInTime mappings") are now demonstrated by means of four short demonstration videos explaining how to use their interface.

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SPIN lecture 2013: Benedict Anderson

This year's SPIN lecture will be delivered by Benedict Anderson. The title is: Lost in Translation: The odd history of «Imagined Communities», 1983-2013. The lecture, which is co-organized with the Huizinga-Institute and the University of Amsterdam's Departments of History and European Studies, will take place on Thursday 12 September at 17:00 in the Oudemanhuispoort, hall D008.

This is the fifth annual SPIN lecture. SPIN lecturers in previous years were John Breuilly, Miroslav Hroch, Peter Burke and Anne-Marie Thiesse.

Proceedings of the Germanisten 1846-47 now complete

The second volume of the Proceedings of the Germanisten (held in Lübeck in 1847, as a follow-up to the Frankfurt 1846 meeting) has now been fully digitized as a searchable text and placed online under Resources > Writings. The session was once again chaired by Jacob Grimm, and many delegates were to become members of the Frankfurt Parliament the next year.

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