Research group “Revolts as communicative events” within the Cluster of Excellence “Cultural foundations of social integration” at University of Konstanz / Germany


Bisaccioni Historia delle guerre civilis 1655 Titelblatt

Historia delle guerre civili, 1655, © Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel



Dr. Malte Griesse (group leader):

Revolten der frühen Neuzeit als Phänomene kommunikativer Verdichtung: Russland, Frankreich, Heiliges Römisches Reich

Monika Barget:

The plurality of power – riots, rebellions and the diversification of politics in 18th century Britain

David de Boer:

Communicating Revolt in the Dutch Republic

Assoziierte Mitglieder

Miriam Rönnqvist (Helsinki):

The prevention of peasant revolts in 17th century Sweden

Gleb Kazakov (Freiburg):

Russisch-deutsche Kommunikation in und über Revolten des 17. Jahrhunderts

The research group examines both communication within and about revolts in Early Modern times. We are particularly interested in the impact of such communication on both the emergence of and changes in `political grammars’ (legitimation of rule and justifications of a right to resist) and long-term preventive strategies adopted by the authorities. We explore how revolts were commemorated or consigned to oblivion. Particularly governments’ policies of damnatio memoriae made that the experience of revolts was often mediated by complex chains of representations across political, cultural, and disciplinary borders. The process at work here involved successive cultural translations, as well as a permanent reshaping and re-contextualization of knowledge.



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