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Appel à contributions “la Commune n’est pas morte…”: numéro spécial de Nineteenth-Century French Studies édité par Robert St. Clair et Seth Whidden (Mai 2021)


Voir l’appel pour l’argumentaire complet. La liste des sujets inclut:

  • Acteurs et protagonistes
  • Affections et traumatismes (représenter la non-fiction)
  • L’animal, l’in-humain, le non-humain
  • Biopolitique/Nécropolitique
  • Cinéma
  • Citoyens/citoyennes
  • Classes, race et genre
  • Espaces coloniaux de la Commune
  • Art et histoire de l’art de la Commune
  • La commune et l’Historiographie
  • La Commune et la littérature
  • La Commune et la Révolution française (1792, 1793)
  • Généalogies culturelles du XIX siècle
  • Histoire politique et économique
  • vie quotidienne et / dans l’état d’exception
  • Mode
  • Gastronomie
  • Journalisme
  • Travail, temps libre, révolution
  • Matérialisme
  • Géographie politique
  • Révolutions conceptualisées
  • Histoire urbaine
  • Médias et culture visuelle
  • Les autres communes: Lyon, le point de vue Prussien, les perspectives provinciales, bourgeoises; la Commune et l’Angleterre; la Commune et l’Espagne
  • XX-XXI siècles et le retour des Communes: Octobre 1917, la Commune de Shanghai, Mai ‘68, Zuccotti Park, Tahrir Square, La Nuit debout


Envoyer un abstract de 250 mots avant le 4 Septembre 2018 à
Les éditeurs acceptent des contributions en ANGLAIS et FRANCAIS. Tous les articles seront soumis à double-blind peer review. La date limite pour envoyer les contributions complètes (MLA, 7.000 mots maximum, notes et bibliographie incluses) est le 18 mars 2019.


Call for contributions “la Commune n’est pas morte…”: a special issue of Nineteenth-Century French Studies edited by Robert St. Clair and Seth Whidden (May 2021)


150 years on, in a context of environmental, economic, and socio-political crises spanning the planet, the legacy of the Paris Commune demands our attention as a model, a horizon, and perhaps an alternative to the on-going emergencies of everyday life in capitalist post-modernity, in the so-called aftermath of the “end of History.” Indeed, what remains of the post-War geopolitical consensus in the West finds itself strained to a breaking point: apparatuses of liberal democracy appear discredited as they increasingly resemble regimes of governance accountable to private interests rather than forms of representational government, and as discourses and sites of identity and community are reduced to the zero-sum horrors of ethno-nationalism.
By urgently calling on us to imagine a different world, the Paris Commune retains in its enduring, unsettling timeliness. As historical episode, the Commune figures as a political and historical parenthesis, emerging from the breakdowns of national and local order of the Année terrible and lasting all of 73 days. But as revolutionary event, it leaves in its wake an enduring image of history as an incomplete struggle, and of politics as the immanent possibility of the autrement contained within the socio-political structures and hierarchies of other forms of community, daily life, and sociability; other modes of agency and of political practices; and other ways of being and of thinking human history.
But just what was—or is—the Paris Commune, and how can we articulate its pertinence for our time? Was it a dramatic historical singularity, or the result of the long rhythms of the geo-political, economic, and cultural history of the city of Paris? Image of the People self-consciously reclaiming a “right to the city” (Lefebvre, Harvey), or hopelessly disorganized revolt whose bloody dénouement was all but inevitable? The final form of class-struggle in which the dispossessed demonstrated the reality of their “equaliberty” (Balibar), or yet another episode of civil war whose roots reach back to 1789? Challenge to the nation-state qua political form, or the tragic example of the power of the state in its most unsophisticated guise? Poetry of the past or enigma of the future (Marx) whose experimental form, spirit, and political legacy can be found in October 1917, Shanghai in 1967, Paris in May ’68, Zuccotti Park and Tahrir Square in 2011, La Nuit debout in 2016?
It is to rethink and reassess these questions, problems, narratives, and horizons that Nineteenth-Century French Studies welcomes proposals for contributions to a special issue to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune.
The editors invite contributions from the broadest set of critical perspectives, frameworks, approaches, and disciplines. No particular format is prescribed: the primary criteria for selection will be scholarly rigor and depth of inquiry. Potential topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Actors and figures
  • Affect, Trauma (representing the non-narrative)
  • The animal, the (in)human, the (non-)human
  • Biopolitics/Necropolitics
  • Cinema/Moving Image
  • Citoyens/citoyennes
  • Class, Race, and Gender
  • Colonial spaces of the Commune
  • Communard Art/Art History and the Commune
  • The Commune and Historiography
  • The Commune and Literature/Literary Communes
  • The Commune and the French Revolution (1792, 1793)
  • Cultural Genealogies of the Nineteenth Century
  • Economic/Political History
  • Everyday life and/in the state of exception
  • Fashion
  • Gastronomy
  • Journalism: Reporting the Commune
  • Labor, Leisure, Revolution (movements, forms and modes of testing and contesting solidarity and collective identity)
  • Materialisms, old and new
  • Political Geography
    Revolutions, conceptualized (revolution and history, revolution and event, revolution and social justice, revolution and democracy)
  • Urban History/Urban Studies
  • Visual Cultures and Media
  • Other Communes: the Lyon Commune; the Prussian point-of-view; the provincial view; the view of the bourgeoisie; the Commune and England; the Commune and Spain
  • 20th/21st-century returns of the Commune: October 1917, the Shanghai Commune, May ‘68, Zuccotti Park, Tahrir Square, La Nuit debout


Send initial expressions of interest of no more than 250 words before 4 September 2018 to
Editors welcome submissions written in French or in English. Following the journal’s policy, all submissions will be blind reviewed by two experts and the journal’s editorial board before publication. Deadline for final contributions (MLA style, less than 7000 words, list of works cited and notes included): 18 March 2019.

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