International Conference on the Congress of Vienna and its Global Dimension

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  • The Uni­ver­sity of Vienna together with Soci­ety for the Study of Con­ti­nen­tal Amer­ica and the Caribbean (FGKK) and Asso­ci­a­tion of Latin Amer­i­can and Caribbean His­to­ri­ans (ADHI­LAC Inter­na­cional) have the plea­sure to invite you to par­tic­i­pate in an Inter­na­tional con­gress com­mem­o­rat­ing the bicen­te­nary of the Con­gress of Vienna 1814 – 1815 tak­ing place at the orginial his­toric site of Vienna, Aus­tria on 18 – 22 Sep­tem­ber 2014.

    Con­fer­ence Theme

    Homage to Man­fred Kos­sok (1930−1993)

    We are approach­ing the 200th anniver­sary of the Con­gress of Vienna when, fol­low­ing the French Rev­o­lu­tion and Napoleonic Wars, del­e­ga­tions from nearly every Euro­pean state came to par­tic­i­pate in this his­tor­i­cal event held from Sep­tem­ber 1814 to June 1815 in the City of Vienna: Among those rep­re­sented were Prus­sia, Rus­sia, Great Britain, France, Spain, Por­tu­gal, Swe­den and Nor­way, Den­mark, The Nether­lands, Switzer­land, the Repub­lic of Genoa, the Papal States as well as some other 180 pow­ers of every size and kind. Apart from the Con­gress’ sig­nif­i­cance as the begin­ning of mod­ern diplo­macy, its pri­mary objec­tive, as pur­sued espe­cially by Europe’s con­ser­v­a­tive Great Pow­ers, was to undo the Napoleonic sys­tem of states in order to restore past ter­ri­to­r­ial rule and land tenures, thus cre­at­ing the polit­i­cal and social con­di­tions that formed the basis for Euro­pean and global pol­i­tics for the fol­low­ing century.

    As the Ger­man scholar Man­fred Kos­sok had rightly observed, these endeav­ours were nat­u­rally not lim­ited to Europe itself but extended to all Euro­pean colonies and beyond. Espe­cially polit­i­cal change in the form of lib­er­a­tion and inde­pen­dence along with both repub­li­can and rev­o­lu­tion­ary move­ments through­out the Amer­i­cas was con­sid­ered not only a gen­uine “prob­lem” but per­ceived also as poten­tial threat. The reper­cus­sions were feared by many Euro­pean states­men, who devoted con­sid­er­able atten­tion to the issue and thus ini­ti­ated a sep­a­rate inves­ti­ga­tion of the “South Amer­i­can Mat­ter” dur­ing the Con­gress. The fear was reflected in strik­ing expres­sions such as “the rev­o­lu­tion in the Amer­i­cas is the rev­o­lu­tion in Europe”. In this regard, the states­man Kle­mens von Met­ter­nich, who rep­re­sented the Aus­trian inter­ests dur­ing the pro­ceed­ings, played an instru­men­tal role.

    As all these issues have been neglected for this long, the con­fer­ence will ded­i­cate itself to explor­ing the global dimen­sion of the Con­gress of Vienna both at an inter­na­tional and transna­tional level. Chang­ing from a Euro­pean towards a global per­spec­tive when reflect­ing on this his­toric event is a timely under­tak­ing 200 years after the fact and likely to yield a fer­tile area of research with new insights on top­ics such as the age of rev­o­lu­tions, colo­nial­ism, impe­ri­al­ism, con­ser­vatism, slaver­ies, slave trade, human rights, and inter­na­tional rela­tions. This new focus should allow us bet­ter to con­ceive of the Con­gress of Vienna as the begin­ning of a fun­da­men­tally new era. Specif­i­cally, this con­fer­ence aims to dis­cuss as to how the Con­gress, its follow-​up-​gatherings, and the Holy Alliance have impacted the Amer­i­cas, Africa, and Asia by caus­ing changes at a global level. Like­wise, the dis­cus­sions will also seek to ana­lyze the influ­ence of extra-​European devel­op­ments and events on the Con­gress itself. Clearly, sig­nif­i­cant new insights into the his­tory of the Con­gress of Vienna and its epoch are likely to be gained and new schol­arly direc­tions will be mapped out.

    Con­fer­ence Format

    Besides papers, the con­fer­ence will fea­ture keynote lec­tures by renowned schol­ars from dif­fer­ent world regions, round tables, work­shops as well as the pre­sen­ta­tion of posters, books, and films, the exhi­bi­tion of books and pho­tos along with an assorted cul­tural pro­gram­ming. Most intrigu­ingly, the offi­cial wel­come and open­ing cer­e­mony will be held on the orig­i­nal impe­r­ial premises of the palace of the Geheime Hofkan­zlei (Secret Court Chan­cellery, now Austria’s Fed­eral Chan­cellery) in Vienna’s his­toric city cen­tre exactly 200 years to the day when on 18th of Sep­tem­ber 1814 the Con­gress con­vened. All vis­i­tors to the con­fer­ence will have the oppor­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in orga­nized tours and trips around Vienna and its sur­round­ing region before and after the meetings.

    Keynote Speak­ers (confirmed)

    • Hel­mut Bley – Leib­niz Uni­ver­sität Hannover
    • Cather­ine Coquery-​Vidrovitch – Uni­ver­sité Diderot, Paris
    • Anto­nio Gaz­tam­bide – Uni­ver­si­dad de Puerto Rico
    • Georg Iggers – Buf­falo University
    • Jonathan Israel – Insti­tute for Advanced Study, Princeton
    • Franklin W. Knight – Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity, Baltimore
    • Dieter Langewi­esche – Uni­ver­sität Tübingen
    • Paul E. Love­joy – York University
    • Juan Marchena – Uni­ver­si­dad Pablo de Ola­vide, Sevilla
    • Matthias Mid­dell – Uni­ver­sität Leipzig
    • Frank Moya Pons – Acad­e­mia Domini­cana de la His­to­ria, Santo Domingo
    • Jorge Núñez Sánchez – Acad­e­mia Nacional de la His­to­ria, Ecuador
    • Gert Oost­indie – Uni­ver­siteit Leiden
    • Wolf­gang Schmale – Uni­ver­sität Wien
    • Ulrike Schmieder – Uni­ver­sität Heidelberg
    • Immanuel Waller­stein – Yale University


    Call for Papers

    The sci­en­tific com­mit­tee invites schol­ars to sub­mit pro­pos­als for pre­sen­ta­tions of ongo­ing or com­pleted research in the form of indi­vid­ual papers or posters, pan­els, round­table dis­cus­sions, research-​in-​progress work­shops, the pre­sen­ta­tion of books and films on any aspect rel­e­vant to the theme of the con­fer­ence. We encour­age espe­cially all those schol­ars work­ing on the his­tory of the US-​American inde­pen­dence, the French Rev­o­lu­tion, the Rev­o­lu­tion of Saint-​Domingue, the Napoleonic Wars, the inde­pen­dence of the Span­ish colonies in South Amer­ica, the abo­li­tion of the Atlantic slave trade, slaver­ies, and/​or inter­na­tional relations.

    The con­fer­ence lan­guages are Eng­lish and Span­ish. Pro­pos­als may be sub­mit­ted in Eng­lish or Span­ish, are not to exceed 250 words, and must be accom­pa­nied by a work­ing title, a brief CV of no more than 100 words per par­tic­i­pant. Panel pro­pos­als must all be accom­pa­nied by up to 4 indi­vid­ual paper pro­pos­als. In addi­tion, panel and work­shop pro­pos­als should include the ses­sion organizer’s name as well as the names and roles (paper-​presenter, chair, dis­cus­sant etc.) of each par­tic­i­pant. Please state what, if any, audio-​visual tech­nol­ogy will be required for each paper/​session.

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