Call for Papers: Revolutions,the Archeology of Change

2017: 100 years have passed since the Bolshevik Revolution, but also 368 years since the English Revolution, 329 years since the Glorious Revolution, 252 years since the American Revolution, 228 years since the French Revolution, 169 years since the 1848 Revolution, 68 years since the Chinese Revolution, and 28 years since the ‘89 (Romanian) Revolution. In the same vein, one can ask how much time it took humankind to get used to some of its revolutionary inventions: the microscope (425 years), the steam engine (305 years), the light bulb (217 years), the telephone (141 years), the automobile (131 years), the plane (114 years), and the computer (69 years). Each and every region, state or nation preserves the memory of such events as a distinctive element of identity. But is there any connection between these “revolutionary” landmarks and our way of relating to them? When does a revolution start and where does it end? Is a revolution definable by its intentions (program) or rather by its results? Are there recurrent sequences in the dynamics of revolutions, or they are all only consequences of historical circumstances? What forces dispute the political power, and what resources are engaged in social mobilization? What social, political, and economic realities become the premises of social change, and how does the State react to political revolutions? What criteria serve us in judging whether a revolution has been successful?

We invite researchers in all fields to submit abstracts for the fourth edition of the PHSS conference until 17 March 2017 26 March 2017. Please see the Call for Papers using the following links in English and Romanian.


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