Empires. Empires. Comparing the Semantics Behind Concept, Metaphor and Ideology

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Nador u. 9, Monument Building
Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 6:00pm
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Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 6:00pm to Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 3:00pm

Supported by CONCEPTA International Research Network in Conceptual History and Political Thought; University of Freiburg; Pasts, Inc. Center of Historical Studies at CEU; and Oslo University.

 13 October 2011

18.00 Welcome and Introduction
18.15 Keynote Lecture

Jörn Leonhard (Freiburg University):
„An aspiration rather than a reality, a thought rather than a fact”? Towards a Comparative Semantics of „Empire” in Modern European History

19.30 Reception and Dinner 

14 October 2011 

Panel 1: „Empire” in the Spanish World
Chair: Nere Basabe (Complutense University, Madrid)
10.00-10.20 Iñaki Iriarte (University of the Basque Country, Bilbao):
The concept of empire in Spanish fascism before the Civil War
10.20.-10.40  Zira Box (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Madrid):
Turning towards Imperial Destiny. Political struggles around the signification of Empire during early Francoism
10.40-11.25 Discussion 

11.25-11.45 Coffee Break  

11.45-13.00 Keynote Lecture
Jose Alvarez Junco (Complutense University, Madrid):
Spain: from Empire to Nation

13.00-14.15 Lunch

Panel 2: India and „Empire” – India as „Empire”?

Chair: Helge Jordheim (Oslo University)
14.15-14.35 Dhara Anjaria (Royal Holloway, London/Mumbai, India):
The British in India and the Semantics of Empire.
14.35-14.55 Audrey Truschke (Columbia University, NYC):
Mughal India: A Case Study in the Power of Empire
14.55-15.40 Discussion 

15.40-16.00 Coffee break 

Panel 3: The Ottoman and Arab Significance of „Empire”
Chair: Nadia Al-Bagdadi.
16.00-16.20 Marc Aymes (Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris):
Untitled Empire
16.20-16.40 Einar Wigen (University of Oslo):
Empire the Ottoman Way: From Etic to Emic Empire
16.40-17.00 Rana Issa (University of Oslo):
Colonial Collaborator: On Ahmad Fares Shidyaq Translating the Bible.  
17.00-18.15 Discussion

19.00 Dinner 

15 October 2011 

Panel 4: „Empire” – Theory and Space
Chair: Balazs Trencsenyi (CEU)
9.45-10.05 Ulrich Leitner (Universität Innsbruck):
Defining Empire – A Theoretical Approach
10.05-10.25 Christian Houlberg Skov (Aarhus University):
The Young Denmark Movement: An attempt at Danish Imperialism
10.25-11.10 Discussion 

11.10-11.30 Coffee Break 

Panel 5: „Empire” in Europe and Beyond
Chair: Jörn Leonhard (Freiburg University)
11.30-11.50 Tatiana Khripachenko (CEU):
Empire under the Challenge of Nationalism: the Uses of the Concept of "Empire" in Russian Official and Nationalist Discourses in the 19th and early 20th century
11.50-12.10 Xavier Reyes-Matheus (Instituto de Estudios de la Democracia of the University San Pablo):
Imperial dreams in Latin America: Plans of building a continental State, and its rivalry with the American Republic.
12.10-12.55 Discussion 

12.55-13.45 Buffet Lunch 

13.45-14.30 Final Plenary Discussion, Closing of the Conference