CFP: The Idea of Europe in the 18th Century (6/30/07; 9/20/07-9/22/07)

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CFP: "The idea of Europe in the 18th century" (6/30/2007;9/20/2007-9/22/2007)

The eighteenth century is often considered as a key period in the emergence of a
broader European consciousness and the synchronous decline of older imagined
communities such as Occident and Christianity. At the end of the eighteenth
century, however, the age of "old Europe" based on dynasties, elite culture and
balance of power politics was profoundly shaken, if not destroyed, by the
French Revolution and the ensuing international instability. A heated
discursive battle over the redefinition of Europe ensued.

Whereas older models of collective representations were thus crumbling and the
nation had not yet attained its later quasi-hegemonic status as a marker of
identity, Europe presented herself in a multifaceted variety of dresses,
offering an attractive space of projection to contemporary witnesses appalled
by the pace and scope of social, economic and political change.

The importance of the concept of Europe for the eighteenth century and what
Koselleck had come to term "Sattelzeit" (1770-1830) remains, however, a much
neglected aspect in scholarship. It is thus the aim of the present workshop to
investigate eighteenth century ideas and images of Europe in all their
pregnancy and complexity. Contributions on Europe's political, cultural,
anthropological, geographical, economical und sociological dimensions are
warmly welcomed. Possible topics include:

- Europe as international system and related peace-projects
- Europe as a civilisational entity in philosophies of history
- Europe's self-definition against internal and external Others
- Europe as cultural, religious, literary, linguistic space
- Europe in works of art and anthropomorphic representations
- Europe in eighteenth century maps, encyclopaedias and dictionaries
- Europe as a geographical entity and its frontiers
- Europe's place and role in the world (cultural transfer, colonialism and its
- Europe's economical and commercial structures

The aim of the workshop is to foster the collaboration between doctoral
candidates and young scholars working on Europe in the eighteenth century. The
setting up of an international network with the aim of future collaboration is

Expected are oral presentations of 30 minutes with ensuing discussions. The
publication of the contributions in one of the series edited by the
Forschungszentrums Europäische Aufklärung is envisaged.

Please send abstracts (max. 1000 words) together with a short CV and a
description of research interests no later than June 30 2007 to:

Forschungszentrum Europäische Aufklärung
z. Hd. Prof. Dr. B. Wehinger
Am Neuen Markt 9d
D-14467 Potsdam
Or by e-mail to or

For more information please consult our website under or contact Dominic Eggel at

Dominic Eggel, visiting fellow at the Forschungszentrum Europäische Aufklärung
Prof. Dr. Brunhilde Wehinger, Vice Director Forschungszentrum Europäische

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