Freitag, 24. April 2015, 09:00 - 18:00 iCal

Crisis and Solidarity in European History

The 9th Graduate Conference in European History

Institut für Osteuropäische Geschichte Universität Wien
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 3 (Campus), 1090 Wien

Tagung, Konferenz, Kongress, Symposium

Weitere Termine

Donnerstag, 23. April 2015, 12:00 - 18:00

Samstag, 25. April 2015, 09:00 - 15:00

The concept of crisis has been employed by political, economic, social, and cultural historians in order to analyze the weakening or breakdown of established systems, institutions, social relations, norms and values. Crises are periods of rapid change and upheaval, which generate a variety of options that should not be interpreted in hindsight as fixed outcomes but rather should be viewed as open-ended processes. At this conference we welcome contributions about crises occurring in international relations, domestic politics and economic systems. We are equally interested in the erosion of social cohesion and rules as well as cultural ties. The second key term is solidarity as one possible response to crises. Solidarity can be based on a horizontal network of support on a private/personal or public/institutional level. Therefore crises can also strengthen communities of solidarity or provoke new forms thereof. The conference intends to take a historical approach to these phenomena and to highlight different forms of solidarity in European history. Whereas solidarity could mean a legal obligation up to the early modern period, in the context of the French Revolution it referred to an ethical-moral commitment in terms of (universal) fraternity. In the 19th and 20th centuries it became a keyword of labour movements and social welfare systems – most famously in the “Solidarno??” (Solidarity) movement in socialist Poland. The term has referred to different communities of solidarity – based on kinship ties, common political interests, shared values or sympathy, based on group membership or a more conscious individual choice.


Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät

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Elisabeth Janik
Osteuropa Geschichte