Abstracts due: October 31, 2013
Dates: April 11-13, 2013
Location: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Seminar Leader: Professor Bill Meier, Department of History, Texas Christian University
Violence harnessed to political programmes mushroomed in the 19th century alongside the growth of ‘-isms’: socialism, conservatism, trade unionism, nationalism, terrorism, anarchism, and the like. Yet the distinction between “ordinary” crime and “political” crime was a blurry one, and governments, police, journalists, even “political criminals” themselves attributed divergent meanings to their menacing behavior.
This seminar seeks participants who wish to explore such dimensions of “political crime” as its motivations, representation, public perception, and legal definition, among other themes. The seminar leaders also wish to examine the language Victorians used to discuss political violence, including “outrage,” “terrorism,” “atrocity,” and “frightfulness.” The seminar leaders are especially interested to compare political violence in Britain to its manifestations throughout the empire in order to assess how the location of violence shaped Victorians’ understanding of such behavior.
Send a 300-word abstract and 1-page vita (both as MWord documents) by October 31, 2013, to Bill Meier: firstname.lastname@example.org