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Our Festival Focus Day begins with keynote speeches by two eminent historians, Roger Chartier and Chris Clark. Roger Chartier will explore the creation of European Literature in Early Modern times, looking at Don Quixote’s reception and translations in Spain, France and England. Chris Clark will discuss 1848 as a European Revolution. Unlike the revolutions of 1789, 1830, 1870, 1917 and 1989, the revolutions of 1848 were a continent-wide phenomenon. He reflects on the unique simultaneity of these revolutions, on their trans-national consequences and on their meaning as a European event.
Roger Chartier is a Honorary Professor at the Collège de France and Annenberg Visiting Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. At the Collège de France he held the Chair in Writing and Cultures in Modern Europe. His work is in the tradition of the “Annales School”. His research focuses on the history of written culture and its relationship with literature in a comparative perspective in France, England and Spain. He also worked on the history of education, the history of the book and the history of reading. His work crosses history with different disciplines such as philosophy or sociology.
Roger has received academic and honorary distinctions from around the world, including the 1990 Annual Award of the American Printing History Association and the Prix Gobert of the Académie Française in 1992. He is Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, Doctor Honoris Causa of the University Carlos III in Madrid, the University of Buenos Aires, the University of Santiago de Chile, the Laval University in Quebec and the University of Neuchâtel. His latest books published in English are Cardenio between Cervantes and Shakespeare. The Story of a Lost Play, tr. Janet Lloyd, Cambridge, Polity Press, 2013 and The Author’s Hand and the Printer’s Mind, tr. Lydia G. Cochrane, Cambridge, Polity Press, 2014.
Chris Clark is Regius Professor of History at the University of Cambridge. His research interests are centred on the history of 19th-century Germany and continental Europe. His early work focused on the political and cultural history of religion. Chris's first book was a study of the relationship between Christians and the Jewish minority in Prussia between 1728 and 1941; here he explored the ways in which contemporary understandings of Christianity shaped successive mutations of the 'Jewish Question'. Since then he has published various articles and essays on related subjects - some of them examine the trouble that results when the state authority takes the initiative in religious questions, others look at the ways in which questions of religious allegiance were implicated in processes of political and cultural change.
In 2004 he co-edited, with Wolfram Kaiser of the University of Portsmouth, an edited volume about the 'culture war' between Catholic and secular social forces that polarised so many European states in the years 1850-1890. In the meanwhile, he has published a study of Kaiser Wilhelm II (2000) for the Longmans/Pearson series Profiles in Power, completed a general history of Prussia for Penguin and published The Sleepwalkers, a study of the outbreak of the First World War.
Please note: The venue for this event is different to that previously advertised in the Festival brochure.