1918 and the Old-New Europe - 19/10/18

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 09:00 to 18:00
Maynooth University, Iontas Building, First Floor Seminar Room

The Armistice of 1918 and the subsequent re-organisation of East-Central Europe into a region of nation-states is an historical moment hardly less revolutionary than the events in Russia the preceding year. In the centennial year of these important transformations, we propose a workshop that re-visits 1918. A series of panel sessions will discuss different perspectives and approaches for understanding the important changes that took place in the region at this time, focussing especially on transnational connections, structural and historical continuities, and marginal voices that have been fully or partially concealed by the emphasis on a national tabula rasa in 1918. We contend that 1918 is an ambiguous and contradictory pivot, one which created an ‘Old-New Europe’ caught between the forces of the imperial past and those of the national future.

The workshop was made possible through generous support from the Decades of Commemoration Committee at Maynooth University, the Irish Association of Russian, Central, and Eastern European Studies, the Embassies of the Czech Republic (Czechia) and Slovakia, and the Jean Monnet Chair (Professor John O’Brennan) at the Centre for European and Eurasian Studies), Maynooth University.
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RSVP at Johnpaul.newman@mu.ie [by Friday 12 October, spaces limited]