Master's and research seminar: "History, politics and culture in medieval Europe" 2023-2024

16 November 2023
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This collective seminar takes a multidisciplinary approach (history, cultural history, political science, geography, sociology) to a trans-regional theme chosen for the year. With no language prerequisites, it is open to all.
It can be taken by Inalco master's (UE2 or UE4) or doctoral students, as well as by students from other establishments, within the framework of agreements with Inalco, or as a master's or doctoral minor, and is worth 4 ECTS per semester.
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The CREE announces the resumption of the master's and research seminar: "History, Politics and Culture in Medieval Europe" for the 2023-2024 academic year.

All sessions will take place at Inalco, 65 rue des Grands Moulins, Paris 13ème, on Tuesdays from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Room 4.18 (with the possibility of following by videoconference).

In the 2nd semester: Tuesdays 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Room 5.08 (with possibility to follow by videoconference)

Coordination: Etienne Boisserie and Jana Vargovčíková


Seminar description

Theme for the year 2023-2024: Regime changes

For its third thematic cycle, the seminar is devoted to "regime changes", here understood in a broad sense, without disciplinary exclusivity and allowing dialogue with neighboring spaces in Medieval Europe.

It will focus primarily on the political, social and historical dimensions of institutional transformations, and may also look at institutional mechanics, legal issues and administrative techniques. Social and historical perspectives thus make it possible to question the temporalities and expressions of changes relating to the "forms that political power takes in a society" (J. Lagroye), as well as changes in its modes of legitimization or even in the qualities of those who exercise public power, right up to questioning regimes of historicity.

Regime changes can also be observed outside any institutional rupture through major transformations of the internal legal order (changes in property regimes, in the status of population categories), analyzed as medium-term processes and observed through their effects. The subject lends itself to variable scales of observation, both by the territories and the groups concerned. It does not imply thinking in terms of the rupture/continuity paradigm, which it suggests overcoming.

The theme also offers useful reflexivity at a time when the fragilities of liberal democracies are leading to the question of changing political regimes being put back on research agendas. The seminar will discuss the conceptual and analytical tools needed to qualify, understand and compare the cases studied in the Middle European region, in dialogue with those from other areas.

Particular attention will be paid to the sources, archives and terrains used for the research work.

Validation of the seminar : in S1, presentation on the theme based on one's own research, or objects of interest, and in S2, writing of a book review with possible accompaniment for interested students for publication in a scientific journal.

Seminar program

1st semester program

- Tuesday, October 3, 2023, Room 4.18 (with possibility to follow by videoconference)

  • Introductory session: The date and modalities of presentation of Master students' work will be discussed during this session

- Tuesday October 10, 2023, Room 4.18 (with the possibility of following by videoconference)

  • Éric LE BOURHIS (CREE, Inalco): "Changes in property regimes in 1940s Riga: administrative practices and consequences for inhabitants"

- Tuesday October 17, 2023, Room 4.18 (with possibility of following by videoconference)

  • Zora HESOVÁ (Charles University Prague): "Human rights in the Czech culture wars: towards an illiberal turn? "

- Tuesday November 14, 2023, Room 4.18 (with possibility to follow by videoconference)

  • Text work (for Master students)

- Tuesday November 21, 2023, Room 4.18 (with the possibility of following by videoconference)

  • Jean-Numa DUCANGE (University of Rouen, junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France): "Entrer en République : la nouvelle Autriche face aux aspirations démocratiques (1918-1924)"

- Tuesday November 28, 2023, Room 4.18 (with possibility to follow by videoconference)

  • Methodology session (for Master students)

- Tuesday December 5, 2023, Room 4.18 (with the possibility of following by videoconference)

  • Adam HUDEK (Institute of History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (HÚ SAV), Bratislava):"Slovak Historiography and Regime Changes in the Second Half of the 20th Century" (in English)

- Tuesday, December 12, 2023, Room 4.18 (with possibility to follow by videoconference)

  • Martin KLEČACKÝ (Masarykův ústav a Archiv AV ČR, Prague): "The transformations of administration in post-Munich Bohemia (1938-1939)"

- Tuesday, December 19, 2023, Room 4.18 (with the possibility of following by videoconference)

  • Audrey KICHELEWSKI (University of Strasbourg, junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France): "Juger les criminels de guerre en Pologne populaire : évolution des pratiques judiciaires, 1944-1970s"

Second semester program

In the 2nd semester: Tuesday 17h-19h00, Salle 5.08 (with possibility to follow by videoconference)

February 6 Pamela BALLINGER (University of Michigan) - "From Land to Sea: Reconceptualizing Southeastern Europe as a Region" (moderation and discussion: Andreas Guidi, Inalco)

February 27 Julia BAVOUZET (Universität Wien) - "Minority petitions. Hungary and the League of Nations between the wars"

March 5 Marius EPPEL (University of Cluj), "Making the Mediators: The Middle Clergy, Family Ties, and the State in Late 19th and Early 20th century Transylvania"

March 12 Méropi ANASTASSIADOU-DUMONT (Inalco) - "Le nouveau droit de la famille en Grèce (1983) et ses conséquences"

March 19 Valentin BEHR (CESSP, Paris 1/CNRS) - "Appréhender les changements de régimes avec la sociologie des champs : illustrations from the study of historical politics in Poland"

March 26 Méthodologie du compte-rendu d'ouvrage scientifique (pour les étudiants.e.s)

April 2 Katerina KESA (Inalco), "A 'political pariah'? Les logiques d'exclusion et d'inclusion des partis et des acteurs politiques en Estonie, Finlande et Lettonie (1990-)"

April 23 Clémentine FAUCONNIER (Université de Haute-Alsace/SAGE), Presentation of the work of the "Democracies, authoritarianisms, illiberalisms" research group of the French Political Science Association (AFSP)

May 14 Conclusions

Key words

Region(s) of the world

Europe and Eurasia