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Lecture and Symposium: Timothy Snyder (Housum Professor of History, Yale University)

Date Mar 5, 2013
Time 7:30 pm  
Location Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
Sponsor Co-Sponsored by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (PRH) and CAS/MillerComm
Event type Lecture
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“Brotherlands: A Family History of the European Nations"

Date: March 5, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum

About this event:
In this CAS/MillerComm lecture, Timothy Snyder calls into question not only ethnic definitions of the nation, but also sociological accounts that focus on the state. In this presentation, he outlines a new theory of nationalism, one that incorporates the personal into the impersonal, and helps to explain not only the rise of the nation but also (perhaps just as important) why we have the particular nations we do, and not others.

Presented by The Program in Jewish Culture and Society, this lecture will serve as the keynote address for the international symposium, “The Micropolitics of Small-Town Life in Eastern Europe," co-organized by Yvonne Kleinmann (Leipzig University) and Eugene Avrutin (History/JCS). See event details below.

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Symposium: "The Micropolitics of Small-Town Life in Eastern Europe"

Date: March 5-6, 2013
Location: Levis Faculty Center

About the event:
Research in urban history of Eastern Europe – as anywhere else in the world – focuses on cities, namely the metropolis. Yet until the beginning of the twentieth century, small urban communities were the principal habitat of the vast majority of people in Eastern Europe. Surprisingly little is known about the political and social universe of small towns. Without privileging a single national history or question, the symposium examines, on a microscopic scale, power dynamics, values, belief systems, and everyday interactions from the early modern period until the beginning of the twentieth century. From this perspective, we hope to challenge established grand narratives of historical development and organization. The papers explore the mentalities, communal structures and organization, and the functions and dysfunctions of small town life in a comparative framework.

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