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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

European Democratic Contention

Fri, February 18, 2011 • 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM • UNB 3.116

Workshop

Spontaneity and Organization in European Democratic Contention

This workshop examines a crucial puzzle in the study of democratic contention in Europe during the 19th and early 20th century, namely what role spontaneous mass action played: Whereas theoretical assumptions embraced by many social scientists do not leave much room for spontaneity, historians have regularly observed contentious efforts that seemed to start in a spontaneous, unorganized, not centrally directed fashion. To shed light on this issue, historians and social scientists will analyze the revolutionary episodes of 1848, 1871, and 1917-19 in Western and Central Europe. In empirical terms, the workshop seeks to ascertain what role unorganized, spontaneous “crowds” played in the eruption of these protests and uprisings and in their wave-like spread in 1848 and 1917-19. In theoretical terms, the workshop will assess what factors explain these protests and their diffusion: How important were “rational” interests and cost/benefit calculations; ideas, ideologies, and cultural norms; sentiments and emotions; or cognitive shortcuts?

 

Participants include: Kathleen Canning (U. of Michigan), Jonathan Sperber (U of Missouri), and David Schafer (California State U.)

 

Friday, February 18, 2011

9:00 am –  4:45 pm

Texas Student Union, Governors’ Room (3.116)

The workshop program is attached.

For access to the papers, please contact Kurt Weyland, kweyland@austin.utexas.edu.

 

Light lunch will be provided. RSVP required.

To reserve your lunch and seat at the workshop, please e-mail Sally Dickson at ces@austin.utexas.edu by 9 a.m. on Thursday, February 17.

Sponsored by: Center for European Studies and Department of Government


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