Interdisciplinary Symposium on Comparative Revivalism 2016

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An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Comparative Revivalism
A one day conference convened by Dr Fionntán de Brún
Submission of papers was invited by 1st September 2016.
The event hosted a range of scholars from different disciplines with a view to exploring the various conceptual strands common to manifestations of Revivalism.

Event was open to the public.
Event was Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of 'Rethinking Revivalism'.

KF Chaired a thematic panel and discussion: Revivalist Perspectives in Art, Design and Architecture.

KF collaborated with her recent doctoral researcher (completed) on a paper arising from Rose's supervised research and authored by Rose: Reviving the past, constructing identity: to which 'Golden Age' shall we return?

The desire to revive aspects of our past has led variously to war, enlightenment, repression, the creation of nation states and new religions. It has been the catalyst for some of the most important global innovations in art, literature, politics and music. Yet rather than recognising Revivalism as a universal critical cultural practice, one tends rather to speak of specific revivals, the Gothic Revival, the Islamic Revival, the Gaelic Revival, the Ghost Dance Revival, as though each of these were defined entirely by their own particular aims rather than by a common set of universal concerns centred on the will to reform the present by recourse to values associated with the past.

By definition, the aim of this workshop was to be as inclusive as possible but examples of disciplines from which papers might be drawn were: Theology, Philosophy, Architecture, Art and Design, Film Studies, Musicology, Creative Arts, History, Literary Criticism, Cultural Theory, Urban Studies, Utopian Studies, and Folklore Studies. Contributions were invited that examined any aspect of Revivalism but the following issues were suggested as possible considerations:
The ‘eternal return’ is a pervasive concept in the history of religion and philosophy, how does this concept relate to Revivalism?
What are the key circumstances which bring about Revivalist movements and what dynamic processes underpin the rise of Revivalist movements?
Do Revivalist movements interact with each other and if so how?
To what extent are Revivalist movements motivated by a return to past values or a concern for futurity?
Period18 Nov 2016
Event typeConference
LocationBelfast, United KingdomShow on map


  • Art and design
  • Revivalism