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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The text of the 2012 SPIN lecture, held by Anne-Marie Thiesse of the CNRS and author of the classic La création des identités nationales, is now online. Its title is The Transnational Creation of National Arts and Crafts in 19th-Century Europe. The text can be accessed in PDF form under the rubric "Outcomes" (together with the texts of the other SPIN lectures) or by clicking here.
Dynamically visualizing how exchange networks evolve in space and time
SPIN aims to map the epidemic dissemination of cultural nationalism across Europe by charting networks as they evolve over time. A new, expanded and more flexibly interactive version is now online. These features can be accessed by clicking here (NOTE: this will work in most browsers, but NOT in Internet Explorer 8).