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Moralism, Fundamentalism, and the Rhetoric of Decline in Eurasia, 1600–1900

Session 2: Urban Discontent in the Long Eighteenth Century across Eurasia. A core conference at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library organized by Clark Professors Andrea S. Goldman and Gabriel Piterberg, (UCLA)

Saturday, February 09, 2013
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
2520 Cimarron St.
Los Angeles, CA 90018

Core Program

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.

Session 2—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 1st, 2013

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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

*Students should be prepared to provide their current University ID at the conference.

Complimentary lunch and other refreshments are provided to all registrants.

Please be aware that space at the Clark is limited and that registration closes when capacity is reached. Confirmation will be sent via email.

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Cost : Registration Fees: $20 per person; UC faculty & staff, students with ID: no charge

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