Second RNW 'Theory of History' meeting

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Friday 14 Oct 2022, 15:00 - 17:00

Utrecht University, Van Ravesteynzaal (1.06), Kromme Nieuwegracht 80, Utrecht.

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The Huizinga Institute - the Netherlands Research School for Cultural History - has established a Research Network (RNW) "Theory of History", alongside other existing RNWs. The second RNW Theory of History meeting will take place in Utrecht, 14 October 2022, from 3 to 5 pm.

Twice a year, the RNW "Theory of History" organizes a meeting for interested researchers and lecturers. (Pre)-master students and PhD students are also very welcome. The goals of our RNW include strengthening the field of theory of history at Dutch universities and institutes, and to stimulate intellectual exchange between senior and junior researchers, e.g. by discussing papers or articles on the theory of history. There are close contacts with the History of Philosophy study group and the INTH (International Network for Theory of History).

‘Claiming the people’s past’. Populist Engagements with the Past and the Challenges to Historical Thinking

Berber Bevernage (Ghent University)

The past couple of years, populism has received extensive scholarly attention. It has also repeatedly been remarked that populists often appeal to the past to legitimize their political claims. Remarkably, however, few studies systematically analyze these populist engagements with the past. The talk presents the main findings of a forthcoming collective book that provides such an analysis from an international comparative perspective. The question will be raised whether certain common features and functions can be identified in the uses of history by populist leaders and movements that would allow us to speak about a particular ‘populist historicity’ – meaning a specific populist relationship to the past or mode(s) of being in history. We focus on four levels: ontological, epistemic, ethical, and aesthetic.

Moderator: Dr Robbert-Jan Adriaansen (EUR).

Huizinga Institute Research School
14 October 2022, 15:00-17:00 hrs
Location: Utrecht University, Van Ravesteynzaal (1.06), Kromme Nieuwegracht 80, Utrecht.

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