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Interdisciplinary Workshop on Comparative Revivalism

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18/11/2016 9:00 am - 5:00 pm University of Ulster, York Street, Belfast

Organised by Ulster University, as part of the AHRC Funded Leadership Fellowship Scheme, an Interdisciplinary Workshop on Comparative Revivalism is being held on Friday 18th November 2016, for which submissions of papers are invited.

The desire to revive aspects of our past has led variously to war, enlightenment, repression, the creation of nation states and new religions. It has been the catalyst for some of the most important global innovations in art, literature, politics and music. Yet rather than recognising Revivalism as a universal critical cultural practice, one tends rather to speak of specific revivals, the Gothic Revival, the Islamic Revival, the Gaelic Revival, the Ghost Dance Revival, as though each of these were defined entirely by their own particular aims rather than by a common set of universal concerns centred on the will to reform the present by recourse to values associated with the past.

This one-day workshop will host a range of scholars from different disciplines with a view to exploring the various conceptual strands common to manifestations of Revivalism. By definition, the aim of this workshop is to be as inclusive as possible but examples of disciplines from which papers might be drawn are: Theology, Philosophy, Architecture, Art and Design, Film Studies, Musicology, Creative Arts, History, Literary Criticism, Cultural Theory, Urban Studies, Utopian Studies, and Folklore Studies. Contributions may examine any aspect of Revivalism but the following issues are suggested as possible considerations:

  • The ‘eternal return’ is a pervasive concept in the history of religion and philosophy, how does this concept relate to Revivalism?
  • What are the key circumstances which bring about Revivalist movements and what dynamic processes underpin the rise of Revivalist movements?
  • Do Revivalist movements interact with each other and if so how?
  • To what extent are Revivalist movements motivated by a return to past values or a concern for futurity?

Contributions should be 20 minutes in duration. Expressions of interest should be emailed to the convener, Dr Fionntán de Brún f.debrun@ulster.ac.uk by 1st September 2016. These should include a brief summary (100-150 words) as well as a short biographical note.

Queries regarding the workshop and access may also be directed to the Convenor as above or telephone 028 953 67 439.

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