Research INSTITUT-SoMuM Colloquium - ’Thinking, defining, classifying revolts’. Production and circulation of knowledge on repressed revolts in the 20th century (May 2-3, 2024)

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Colloquium - "Thinking, defining, classifying revolts". Production and circulation of knowledge on repressed revolts in the 20th century (May 2-3, 2024) This symposium is supported by the Institut Sociétés en Mutation en Méditerranée (SoMuM), as part of SoMuM’s Call for Projects 2024 - Support for scientific events.

It invites us to consider the development of knowledge about the revolts against which the governing authorities deployed armed troops throughout the 19th century. It focuses on the use and influence of the knowledge produced on the revolt in the political and social re-ordering of the movement, and on the place of these events in the disciplinary corpus concerned. It also looks at the knowledge developed within the revolting populations.

In addition to studying the production and qualification of knowledge, the symposium also invites us to think about other actors who participate indirectly in its elaboration. In this way, and in order to move away from a top-down vision in which knowledge emerges from a dominant elite who then plates it onto a revolting population, it is interesting to reflect on the influence of the context of rebellion on the analyses developed. As rebellion can modulate or invalidate certain earlier theories, it can be thought of as a structuring condition of knowledge production. More generally, the relationships between the knowledge produced and its objects suggest questioning knowledge spaces as spaces of struggle and domination, with certain types of knowledge serving, for example, to symbolically repress and delegitimize rebellion. In connection with the possible porosities or exchanges between the knowledge of different groups, the colloquium invites us to consider the networks and means of production and circulation of the knowledge developed, particularly with regard to the possible influence of the context of revolt.

This symposium lies at the crossroads of the sociology of science, the social and cultural history of science, textual and iconographic studies focusing on tools of symbolic domination and repression, knowledge relating to resistance or insurrection, and the use of scientific knowledge and corpuses as governmental sciences.

Scientific Committee

Sylvie Aprile (ISP, Université Paris Nanterre), Walter Bruyère-Ostells (Mesopolhis, SciencesPo Aix), Pierre-Marie Delpu (Chargé de recherches FNRS, Université Libre de Bruxelles), Elsa Dorlin (ERRAPHIS, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès), François Dumasy (Mesopolhis,SciencesPo Aix), Silvia Falconieri (IMAF, CNRS), Claire Fredj (IDHES, Université Paris Nanterre), Colin Jones (Queen Mary University), Martine Kaluszynski (PACTE, SciencesPo Grenoble), Christelle Rabier (Cermes3, EHESS), Marc Renneville (CLAMOR, CAK, EHESS), Simona Tersigni (Sophiapol, Université Paris).

Organizing committee : Agathe Meridjen (Institut des Sciences sociales du Politique, Université Paris Nanterre) and Thomas Ramonda (Mesopolhis, Sciences po Aix).