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

Visualization in space and time of the correspondence of Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm (detail)
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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Šafařík's ethnic map of the Slavs online

Pavel Josef Šafařík' s map of Slavic-settled territories (Slovanský Zeměvid, 1842) was a very important element in Slavic consciousness-raising. It is now online in a Hi-Res scan on this website and can be downloaded here..

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2015 into 2016: stock-taking and goals

2015 has been an exciting year for us: Following three launch events (at the LSE in April, the Ecole normale supérieure in May, and the NWO festival “Bessensap” in The Hague in June), ERNiE has gone publicly online in a sleek interface under the URL http://romanticnationalism.net . 2016 will complete that process:

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SPinTime in the new Grimm museum

The newly opened GRIMMWELT, an ambitious museum project on the Brothers Grimm in Kassel, features a visualization of their correspondence driven by the technology developed in collaboration with SPIN. For a blog report on the display and the event, see the blog post by the developers, Lab1100, here.

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Two SPIN PhD projects commencing in 2016

SPIN is funding two PhD positions, to commence in January 2016. They deal with Romantic Nationalism and the transnational "cultivation of culture" in Scandinavism and in late-Ottoman Turkey, respectively. SPIN welcomes its two new team members, Usman Ahmedani (for the Ottoman/Turkish project) and Tim van Gerven (for the Scandinavism project).

ERNiE now online

SPIN is proud to announce that the Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism is now publicly online at www.romanticnationalism.net

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New textbase online

Including the first English translation of Arndt’s 1813 Rhine pamphlet

The textbase section of the SPIN website now contains 250 representative texts, both patriotic verse and significant pieces of prose discourse. They have been arranged in a database which makes searching/browsing easier.

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Integrated database viewer now online

SPIN aims to document “banal” and ambient manifestations of cultural nationalism in its transnational diffusion. The databases (Correspondence, Statuary, Composers’s Travels, Verses, Painters and Banknote Portraits) which are maintained for this purpose are now accessible in a new, integrated public-user interface.

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CfP: “Rethinking Cultural Memory 1700-1850”

Copenhagen University, 4-5 December 2015

The Nordic Association for Romantic Studies (NARS) is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the international conference Rethinking Cultural Memory 1700-1850. The conference will take place at Copenhagen University, Denmark, Friday 4 – Saturday 5 December 2015. Deadline for paper proposals is 1 July 2015. Plenary speakers are William St Clair, Ann Rigney, Susanna Petterson and Joep Leerssen.

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