Culture and Practice in the Age of Revolution

University of Birmingham, 12-14 February 2024. Hosted by the Reframing the Age of Revolutions network.

Were the revolutions of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries made possible by the existence and dynamics of a shared cultural world? What might a cultural history of the age of revolution look like? And what is the analytical relationship between questions of culture, practice, or habitus, on the one hand, and the political and military events of revolution, on the other? This two-day workshop at the University of Birmingham will focus on these kinds of questions, working across traditions and disciplines to interrogate wide-reaching conceptual frameworks. It will feature a keynote lecture by Professor Nathan Perl-Rosenthal (University of Southern California), as well as contributions from senior scholars including Elizabeth Amann, Marisa Linton, Maurizio Isabella, Joanna Innes, and Mark Philp.




Tuesday 13th February


1-2pm                  Lunch and Welcome 


2-3.15pm            Session 1 – Roundtable, “Practice”

Marisa Linton (Kingston), Mark Philp (Warwick), Nathan Perl-Rosenthal (University of Southern California)


3.30-5pm            Session 2 – “Feeling, Practice, Judgement”

Dannelle Gutarra Cordero (Warwick), “The Haitian Revolution and the Scientific Racialization of Black Emotionality” 

Leon Hughes (Trinity College Dublin), “Feeling Dutiful, Feeling Responsible: Prison Concierges during the French Revolution, 1789-1799” 

Joanna Hope Toohey (Princeton), “‘Every Citizen is a Magistrate’: Regeneration, Revolutionary Culture, and Practices of Character Judgment in French Revolutionary Political Clubs” 


Wednesday 14th February


9am-10.30          Session 3 – “Information, Speculation,  Politics”

Hunter Harris (Oxford), “International Speculation in the Age of Revolutions” 

Joel Herman (Trinity College Dublin), “News Revolution: Newspapers, Publicity and Political Action in the Age of Revolutions” 

Eoin Carter (Cambridge), “Print culture as political practice: British radical journalism and the French Revolution in the 1820s” 


10.45am-12       Session 4 – Roundtable, “Culture”

Elizabeth Amann (Ghent), Joanna Innes (Oxford), Maurizio Isabella (Queen Mary University London)


12-1pm                Lunch 


1-3pm                  Book talk: Nathan Perl-Rosenthal, “The Age of Revolutions and the Generations Who Made It”