Upcoming events

“Revolutionary Cosmopolitanism. Transnational migration and political activism, 1815-1848” – one-day conference with a keynote by Maurizio Isabella (QMUL)

Date and place: Friday 22 January 2021, online
Register by sending an email to: info@globalintellectualhistory.org

In the 1820s and 1830s, several waves of revolution went through the Atlantic world, culminating into the 1848 ‘springtime of the peoples’ in large parts of Europe and beyond. The same period saw large numbers of people moving beyond state boundaries: individual political activists and revolutionaries, but also migrant workers, seamen, soldiers, colonizers and colonized. Although many of these migrant movements can be associated with political uprisings, only few connections have been made between the study of migration history and history of political thought and practices. This one-day conference aims to open a conversation between these different strands of research. How did experiences of migration and cross-boundary mobility contribute to the formation of common revolutionary cultures in the period 1815-1848? To what extent did revolutionary cosmopolitanism survive into the first half of the 19th century? What forms of interplay existed between transnational migrations, cosmopolitanism, the rise of nationalism and imperial reform movements? These are the questions this conference intends to address.


9.30-9.40 opening words, Camille Creyghton (Utrecht University)

9.45-11.00 keynote by Maurizio Isabella (Queen Mary, University of London), Crossing the Mediterranean in the Age of Revolutions: the Multiple Mobilities of the 1820s
followed by a response by Beatrice de Graaf (Utrecht University) and questions

11.30-13.00 panel 1: Reluctant revolutionaries: Between saving old worlds and adapting to new ones

Moderator: Matthijs Lok (University of Amsterdam)

  • James Morris, Crossing the Counterrevolutionary Border in Wallachia, 1848-49
  • Oliver Zajac, Hotel Lambert’s Republic of Letters: František Zach’s mission in Belgrade as an example of a cosmopolitan revolutionary network
  • Piotr Kuligowski, Between Lamennais and Tocqueville: Polish Democracy in Exile at a Crossroads
  • Oliver Schulz, Policing immigration and migrant networks: the Swiss cantons, European politics and the question of political asylum (1815-1848)

14.00-15.30 panel 2: (Self-)fashioning of revolutionaries and PR strategies

Moderator: Alex Drace Francis (University of Amsterdam)

  • Pierre-Marie Delpu, The Transnational Community of Revolutionary Martyrs (Southern Europe, 1830-1848)
  • Peter Morgan, Exilic Anglophilia and the hope of intervention: Recasting British exile in the age of revolution with Francisco de Miranda and Simón Bolívar
  • Matilde Flamigni, Agostino Codazzi: A Transatlantic Life (1793-1859)

16.00-17.30 panel 3: Large scale and/or involuntary migrations and the spread of revolutionary ideas

Moderator: René Koekkoek (Utrecht University)

  • Sebastian Majstorovic, The Vagrant Threat: Political Journeymen Activism as a European Phenomenon, c. 1834-1848
  • Alessandro Bonvini, La causa del Nuevo Mundo: Bonapartists in the Latin American Wars of Emancipation
  • Elena Bacchin, Transportation of political prisoners: Roman detainees landing in Brazil in 1837

17.30-18.00 discussion and closing comments by Camille Creyghton

All times are in CET.

See also: https://revolutionarycosmopolitanism.blogspot.com/

“Women and the History of International Thinking” – Public lecture by Glenda Sluga (The University of Sydney/European University Institute)

Date: 2 February 2021 9.00-11.00, online
Register by sending an email to: info@globalintellectualhistory.org


Over the last few decades, historians have reshaped the spatial and conceptual contours of intellectual history.  In particular, the prospect of a global intellectual history has provoked reflection on methods and questions of representativeness that transcend the default national parameters of this sub-field. In my lecture, I want to invite into these historiographical developments the place of women, and a specific international framing of ideas and their agents.  My aim is to outline a history of European “International Thinking” from the turn of the 19th century to the mid-20th century, with women at its centre. I argue that the history of women and international thinking requires us to expand not only where, but who and what counts in intellectual history.


Glenda Sluga is an Australian historian who has contributed significantly to the history of internationalism, nationalism, diplomacy, immigration, and gender, in Europe, Britain, France, Italy, Yugoslavia, and Australia. She is a Professor of International History and Capitalism at the European University Institute, in Italy, where she is Director of the European Research Council Project ECOINT and Joint Chair of the Department of History and Civilization and the Robert Schumann Centre for Advanced Studies. She is on secondment from her post as Professor of International History at the University of Sydney.

Public lecture by Or Rosenboim (City, University of London)

date: 15 June 2021
Place: t.b.a.

Title and abstract: t.b.a.