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I’m glad to announce that my article

Auftritt durch Austritt: Debattenboykotts als parlamentarische Praxis in Großbritannien und Frankreich (1797-1823)

[Performance by Means of Withdrawal: Debating Boycotts as a Parliamentary Practice in Britain and France (1797-1823)]

has been published in the 58th volume of the Archiv für Sozialgeschichte, a special issue under the title “Practising Democracy. Arenas, Processes and Ruptures of Political Participation in Western Europe during the 19th and 20th Centuries”. At a workshop held in Berlin in November 2017 (Call for Papers, Program), the preliminary drafts of the contributions were discussed and prepared for the publication now available from J. W. Dietz Verlag.

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My contribution asks under what circumstances the refusal to participate can itself become a mode of political practice.

Participation is often understood to be a fundamental value of democratic politics. But under some circumstances, the conditions of given opportunities to take part in political decision making processes are structured in ways that prohibit their de facto effectiveness. In such cases, political groups may choose to exit from established platforms and institutions in order to symbolically express their disapproval of the given situation.

Taking the example of oppositional groups’ parliamentary boycotts in the context of the changing systems of early parliamentarism, my contribution argues that the refusal to participate can itself be a forceful mode of democratic practice. Cases from the Irish, British and French parliaments shed light on the specific logic and political relevance of these boycotts in the historical context of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

The volume’s introduction, written by Anja Kruke and Philipp Kufferath, may be found online here. The other contributinos are available in print.

Under the title

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

(Die Zeiten des Ereignisses: Neuvermessung einer historischen Kategorie)

the organizers (Anna Karla (Köln), Jörn Eiben (Hamburg) and myself) are proud to announce the 40th workshop by the Arbeitskreis Geschichte + Theorie, this time in cooperation with the Centre for Contemporary History, to be held in Potsdam on November 9 – 10.

Focusing on its specific temporality, the workshop aims to develop a new theoretical understanding of the event as a fundamental historical category.

Participants include: Frank Bösch (Potsdam), Albert Schirrmeister (Paris), Tobias Hasenberg (Cologne), Thomas Mergel (Berlin), Britta Hochkirchen (Bielefeld), Ramon Voges (Leipzig), Caroline Rothauge (Eichstätt-Ingolstadt), Silvan Niedermeier (Erfurt), Achim Landwehr (Düsseldorf), Uwe Lübken (Munich), Christian Holtorf (Coburg), Alexander Gall (Munich), Iris Schröder (Erfurt), Tobias Becker (London) (more on his contribution here), Fernando Esposito (Tübingen), Ulrike Jureit (Hamburg) and Aleida Assmann (Constance).

The workshop program, including details on the venue, may be found here and here. The working language is German. All are welcome, but registration by email is appreciated.

In the Handbuch Sound edited by Daniel Morat and Hansjakob Ziemer, which is now available both as eBook and hardcover, my article on

Silence / Schweigen

provides a survey of the wide and sprawling interdisciplinary landscape of ‘silence research’ with a special focus on the subject’s political dimensions. After an overview over various approaches and empirical fields, the contribution argues for the need for a stronger analytical integration of two aspects that have hitherto mostly been considered separately: the spectrum of cultural meanings of silence on the one hand and the pragmatics of its use as a particular mode of language on the other.

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The ‘digital research guide’ to the field of nineteenth century history my colleagues and I of the Chair of Modern Western European History at Freiburg University published in 2016 has been updated to include some new material and links.

In this text, we present a broad overview over the digital resources presently available to historians of the ‘long’ nineteenth century, ranging from search catalogues and source databases to institutional frameworks and communication platforms. It aims to ‘guide’ the student and scholar through this new field of expertise as well as provide a critical evaluation of the possibilities and pitfalls opened up by the availability of these new gateways to information and source materials.

The updated edition is available here.

In addition to this guide, a link database on digital resources for historians I curate using the platform Pearltrees is available here.

Together with Daniel L. Lee (Sheffield), I’ve been invited to organize a historical panel at the first UK-German Frontiers of Humanities Symposium to be held in May 2019.

This new symposium format is co-funded by the British Academy and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation as part of the Frontiers of Research program of interdisciplinary, bi-national symposia. Alongside the history panel, there will be contributions from the fields of geography, anthropology and literature.

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The Florilegium Historicum section, in which I intermittently publish short quotations from the source materials I work with, has been transfered to a separate blog.

It may now be found at:

https://florilegiumhistoricum.wordpress.com/

All old posts have been transfered there also.

I received notice that my article

  • Le silence du peuple: The Rhetoric of Silence during the French Revolution, in: French History 31, Nr. 4 (2017), 440–469, DOI: 10.1093/fh/crx062.

published last year in the journal French History, has been awarded the French History Article Prize 2017 by the Society for the Study of French History.

I am very grateful to the editorial board panel that selected my contribution and hope that the fact that the article is being made available online free of charge (here) will help it find a larger readership.

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