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The new volume in the series Parlamente in Europa, edited by Marie-Luise Recker and Andreas Schulz, both of the German Commission for the History of Parliamentarism and Political Parties, includes a chapter I wrote:

Der Feind im eigenen Hause.
Antiparlamentarismus im Reichstag 1867-1918
(The Enemy Within: Antiparliamentarism in the Reichstag 1867-1918)

Abstract
Taking the German imperial Reichstag as a case study, the chapter studies the behavior of parliamentarians critical of the institution in which they were themselves members. Combining some famous individual cases (Wilhelm Liebknecht, Elard von Oldenburg-Januschau) with a statistical analysis of the debates’ minutes, it argues that in most cases, even the most ardent anti-parliamentarians were much more integrated into the House’s common practices and culture than their aggressive utterances would suggest.

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The latest issue of French History includes an article I wrote on the role of silence during the French Revolution, titled

Le silence du peuple: The Rhetoric of Silence during the French Revolution

French History, 31, Issue 4 (2017), p. 440–469.

https://doi.org/10.1093/fh/crx062

Abstract

In July 1789, a phrase was introduced into French political discourse that would quickly become a standing expression: le silence du peuple est la leçon des rois. Taking this political bon mot as a starting point, the article traces the uses of and responses to collective silences during the French Revolution. It is argued that silence cannot be reduced to just the lack of ‘voice’ indicating suppression or political impotence. Rather, it must be understood as a mode of political action with a rhetoric of its own. Sketching this rhetoric not only highlights the nature and functions of a mode of political communication too often disregarded. It also shows how the controversies surrounding these silences reflected some of the major political questions of the day, playing a key role in the renegotiations of the communicative spaces of politics set off by the Revolution.

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The review I wrote of

Ernst Müller and Falko Schmieder: Begriffsgeschichte und historische Semantik: ein kritisches Kompendium (Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2016), 1,027 pp.

has been published in the latest issue of Contributions to the History of Concepts.

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The volume comes recommended, both as an introduction into Historical Semantics and as a way for scholars in the field to make themselves familiar with other areas of this wide ranging research landscape. In addition, Müller and Schmieder offer a number of valuable new insights into the history and theory of their subject.

The journal Francia Recensio has published a thorough and critical review by the Augsburg early modernist Kirill Abrosimov of the volume Denis Diderot und die Macht, favourably mentioning my contribution

Stimmen der Natur: Diderot, Tahiti und der homme naturel.

The text is available for download here.

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The Sociology Section of the University of Bayreuth has invited me to give a lecture within the framework of a series it organizes in the coming academic year on the subject of Populism and Cultural Pessimism.

In my presentation on November 21 (at the Glashaus, 6 to 8 PM), titled

Five to Twelve Forever? Cycles of Cultural Critique

(Schon immer fünf vor zwölf? Konjunkturen der Kulturkritik)

I will address the temporal structure of cultural critique with a focus on the eighteenth to twentieth centuries.

The program for the first semester is as follows

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Within the framework of a series of workshops on different aspects of historical temporalities planned by the Arbeitskreis Geschichte + Theorie, Anna Karla, Jörn Eiben and I are organizing a workshop in November 2018 on the event in history.

Focusing on its specific temporality, we seek to develop a new theoretical understanding of this central historical category.

Title:

Times of the Event: A New Survey of a Historical Category

(Die Zeiten des Ereignisses: Neuvermessung einer historischen Kategorie)

A call for papers has jus been published on H-Soz-Kult. Abstracts from scholars working on related subjects are very welcome.

To learn more, click here.

Die Zeiten des Ereignisses. Neuvermessung einer historischen Kategorie, 09.11.2018 – 10.11.2018 Köln, in: H-Soz-Kult, 20.09.2017, <www.hsozkult.de/event/id/termine-35036>.

La forza del destino

The journal Neue Politische Literatur just published my review of Franziska Rehlinghausstudy on the German concept of destiny from early modern times through to the First World War. It comes recommended as a detailed analysis of a concept that had crucial significance for intellectual, social and political processes during the period, but also as an exemplary use of the methods of Historical Semantics.

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