Moralism, Fundamentalism, and the Rhetoric of Decline in Eurasia, 1600–1900
Session 2: Urban Discontent in the Long Eighteenth Century across Eurasia
—organized by Clark Professors Andrea S. Goldman and Gabriel Piterberg, (UCLA)
Friday, February 8th, 2013
The Clark and Center core program for 2012–2013 explores responses to crises and upheavals in early modern landed empires, with special focus on the Ottoman and Qing empires. In particular, we will investigate the perceptions of temporary collapses of state power in the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. Detecting tendencies toward moralism and perceived decline in elite discourses and state policies, we will look at the ways such concerns were expressed in the domains of institutional and educational reforms, sexual mores, and cultural representation. We will also examine how social boundaries were both rigidified and contested at such moments of transition. We hope to discern shared patterns across Eurasia as well as trajectories specific to each political entity.
Urban Discontent in the Long Eighteenth Century across Eurasia
This conference will examine various social and literary expressions of discontent in the main urban centers across these landed empires. Topics may include urban violence, sexual mores, literary lampoons, as well as states’ responses to such challenges to their authority.
Registration Deadline: February 1, 2013
Registration Fees: $20 per person; UC faculty & staff, students with ID: no charge*
All students, UC faculty and staff may register via e-mail by sending their name, affiliation and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org
*Students should be prepared to provide their current University ID at the conference.
Complimentary lunch and other refreshments are provided to all registrants.