Popular Protest in Sixteenth-Century Italy: An End of Democracy?

Popular Protest in Sixteenth-Century Italy: An End of Democracy?

Issued: Mon, 14 Jan 2019 12:23:00 GMT

Deadline 15/2/19

Supported by the SGSAH and Samuel Cohn’s Royal Society of Edinburgh, Small Project Grant in the Arts & Humanities, the Workshop will explore trends in and models of popular protest from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century.  It aspires to be an interdisciplinary occasion for graduate students in political science, sociology, and history to evaluate models of ‘collective action’ or popular protest in the works of Charles Tilly, Theda Skocpol, James C. Scott, and others, and to frame these models in empirical historical studies. The workshop will begin with a paper and discussion of Cohn’s work on changes in popular protest in sixteenth-century Italy and the steep decline of citizen aspirations, guild prerogatives, and rights to participate and to be represented in city governments.

Along with two or three invited faculty members, the workshop will be limited to ten post-graduate participants, divided into two groups: (1) those who wish to present short papers of about 15 minutes on themes of historical popular protest or on the end of democracies before 1800 and (2) those who wish to participate in the discussions of the papers without delivering one.

To gain entry, please send either a 150-word abstract of your proposed paper or a note of around 100 words identifying your programme of study and the reasons you would like to participate in discussions without giving a paper.

The deadline for applications is 15 February. The workshop will take place at the University of Glasgow on Tuesday 30 April.

Travel bursaries are available within Scotland and the Workshop will provide coffee breaks, lunch, and a dinner.

Please send your applications to Professor Samuel Cohn, Samuel.Cohn@Glasgow.ac.uk.