Modern Greek Studies Association

International Colloquium

From Ottoman Europe to the Balkan Nations: Questioning the Enlightenment

Athens, 23-25 May 2018

Call for papers

Behind the terms "Serbian," "Neo-Hellenic," "Bulgarian," "Romanian," "Albanian" or "Ottoman" Enlightenment, the meaning of which seems at first sight to be self-evident, we can certainly discover more than one objects of study. In our case, focusing on two of them seems productive: firstly, we would like to examine how the concept of​​ "Enlightenment," perceived as a historical category or even as a stage in universal history, has been inscribed through a process of "nationalization" into local histories and especially in the historical, philosophical, literary or economic narratives of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Secondly, we would like to concentrate on the relationship between the Lumières, the Scottish Enlightenment, and the Aufklärung, on the one hand, and on the other texts written in a variety of languages offering readings or translations sometimes approximate but, more often than not fruitful. In other words, we should return to the questions: "Why the Enlightenment?" "Which Enlightenment?" Revisiting these texts produced in a cultural environment where social ties remained closely linked to the religious ones is not always self-evident. Therefore, it is also a matter of rethinking boundaries and oppositions imposed by traditions of thought: reason and prejudice, (neo)classicism and romanticism, cosmopolitanism and national particularism, universalism and historical relativism. These often uncertain distinctions, far from being understood as a constraint, will provide, in our case, the prerequisite for dealing with the transfer of concepts, with everything this involves in terms of invention.

Abstracts for papers must include a title and a summary (in French or in English) and be sent to Chryssanthi Avlami, Jean-Pierre Schandeler, and Franck Salaün

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 20 April 2017. Final selections will be made and speakers notified in June 2017.


Chryssanthi Avlami, Université Panteion, Athènes- ANHIMA, Paris,  [email protected]

Franck Salaün, Université de Montpellier 3, IRCL/CNRS, [email protected]

Jean-Pierre Schandeler, IRCL/CNRS, Montpellier, [email protected]