Sacralisation of politics and politicisation of religion between the French Revolution and the Restoration

Study Day
from 19/02/2018 to 20/02/2018
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Studies on myths, rituals, liturgies, rhetoric and propaganda between the XVIII and the XIX centuries.

Free study days at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy

The conference aims at examining the relation between religion and politics from the French Revolution to the first half of the nineteenth century, by highlighting two historical phenomena: the sacralisation of politics and the politicisation of religion. By considering the opposition, the combination and the overlapping between the sacred and the politics, and thanks to a comparative and transnational perspective, we will focus on several themes: the birth of new political cults; the use of the sacred in order to legitimate unprecedented forms of authority; the impossible oblivion of the upheavals occurred between 1789 and 1815; the search for religious, liturgical and symbolical means of opposition against modern political principles and regimes. The conference aims at demonstrating how deeply the relationship between religion and politics – sometimes antagonistic, sometimes synergistic – was reflected and shaped during symbolical, ritual and ceremonial events.

It will take place at the Sala Stemmi, Palazzo della Carovana, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Piazza dei Cavalieri 7 Pisa, Italy.

The talks will be given in French (4), English (1) and Italian (1). There’s no need to sign up in advance, and it’s totally free both for researchers/students and for the general public.

Information: 050 509307 /

Daniele Menozzi (SNS)
Jacques-Olivier Boudon (Université Paris-Sorbonne)

Alberto Ausín Ciruelos (Foro para el Estudio de la Historia Militar de España)
Brecht Deseure (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
Rémy Hême de Lacotte (Académie des sciences morales et politiques, Paris)
Marco Emanuele Omes (SNS – Université Paris-Sorbonne)
Vincent Petit (enseignement secondaire, Besançon)
Francisco Javier Ramón Solans (Münster Universität)


Chair: Daniele Menozzi (SNS)

15.00 – 15.30 Daniele Menozzi (SNS): welcome and introduction.
15.30 – 16.00 Brecht Deseure (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven): French public ceremonial in
Belgium between revolution and tradition.
16.00 – 16.15 Questions.
16.15 – 16.45 Vincent Petit (Enseignement secondaire, Besançon): Du Roi très chrétien à
Napoléon saint. La prière catholique au service de l’Etat-nation.
16.45 – 17.00 Questions.
17.00 – 17.15 Coffee break.
17.15 – 17.45 Rémy Hême de Lacotte (Académie des sciences morales et politiques, Paris):
La monarchie sur les fonts baptismaux : histoire comparée des baptêmes princiers dans la
France du XIXe siècle.
17.45 – 18.00 Questions.
18.00 – 18.30 General discussion.

Chair: Jacques-Olivier Boudon (Université Paris-Sorbonne)
9.00 – 9.30 Jacques-Olivier Boudon (Université Paris-Sorbonne): introduction.
9.30 – 10.00 Marco Emanuele Omes (SNS – Université Paris-Sorbonne): Quel souverain pour
l’Espagne napoléonienne? Fêtes et rites dans la péninsule ibérique pendant la “Guerra de la
Independencia” (1808-1814).
10.00 – 10.15 Questions.
10.15 – 10.45 Francisco Javier Ramón Solans (Münster Universität): La versatilité d’une
dévotion. La légitimation religieuse des pouvoirs politiques à Saragosse, 1808-1823.
10.45 – 11.00 Questions.
11.00 – 11.15 Coffee Break.
11.15 – 11.45 Alberto Ausín Ciruelos (Foro para el Estudio de la Historia Militar de España):
Chiesa, guerriglia e propaganda: “Il prete Merino” nei giornali del Triennio Liberale spagnolo
11.45 – 12.00 Questions.
12.00-12.30 General discussion and closing remarks.

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