CfP: Internationalism, Anti-Authoritarianism and Anarchism in the Eastern and Southern Mediterranean (1860 - 1920)

Call for papers, deadline 30 November 2019

The spread of internationalism, anti-authoritarianism and anarchism throughout the Mediterranean, from the second half of the 19th century onwards, was essentially due to the great human mobility that characterized this period.

The spread of globalization, their transnational network, the routes of emigration and colonialism have led activists and exiles from different countries, cultures, languages and political backgrounds to meet and share spaces and experiences all over the world, including in the Eastern and Southern shores of the Mediterranean. From Algiers to Istanbul, through Alexandria and Tunis, the transnational cities of the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean have seen the establishment of groups and individuals who, through their ideas and actions, have claimed their membership in anti-authoritarian internationalism and anarchism. These are often persons and events that historiography has almost completely forgotten, at least until recent years.

The objectives of this meeting are the following one:

 To question the reasons why historians of radical movements have forgotten about this geographical area

 To reconstruct the history of individual or collective, anti-authoritarian and anarchist internationalist experiences in the eastern and southern Mediterranean between 1860 and the 1920s

 To adopt a transnational perspective that considers travel, contacts and exchanges between individuals and groups at the local, regional and international levels

 To reflect on the influence that the dynamics between different population groups have had locally on internationalist and anarchist activism. How have we tried to overcome, intellectually and concretely, the dichotomy between professing oneself internationalist and anti-colonialist and belonging to populations outside territories subject to colonial domination and the special regime of the Capitulations?

 To focus on the representations, discourses and images that activists, their publications and historiography have given of indigenous peoples, their social and political mobilization and their culture

This seminar, organized by UCLouvain in collaboration with the LLACS-RESO team of the Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 University, will be held at UCLouvain on April 21-22, 2020.

Interventions will be in French and English.

Proposals for papers should contain a title and a 500-word abstract, as well as a short biography (surname, first name, institution of affiliation, e-mail address), and should be sent to and before 30 November 2019.

Except in exceptional cases and in agreement with the organisers, travel and accommodation expenses are the responsibility of the participants.


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