Convegno Internazionale: “Decoding European History through Guns: Methodologies and Research Approaches”, Grenoble, 4-5/06/2024

Si segnala ai lettori il programma della seguente conferenza internazionale, che si terrà a Grenoble, presso la Maison de la Création et de l’Innovation, il 4 e 5 giugno 2024

Decoding European History through Guns: Methodologies and Research Approaches



What are firearms? How did they impact the history of European societies? What are the more promising research approaches for studying them?

Firearms hold profound implications for European societies, influencing international relations, the diffusion of violence, and State sovereignty. This workshop will convene researchers examining themes such as the relationship between European States and guns, global efforts to regulate arms markets, the role of firearms in changing the societal perception of violence, and the semantic nuances defining these instruments. Through exploration of diverse research methodologies, the workshop aims to highlight the significance of firearms as both a subject of scholarly inquiry and a lens for examining critical aspects of contemporary history, shedding new light on the European past.

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Panelists: Andrea Azzarelli, Simon Ball,  Assumpta Castillo Cañiz, Timothée Celeyron, Alexandre Dupont, Matteo Millan, Ned Richardson-Little

Other participants and discussants: Nathan Rousselot


4th June 2024

Maison de la Création et de l’Innovation, salle 336 (3e étage) – Saint-Martin-d’Hères, 339 Av. Centrale

9.00        Welcome Breakfast

9.30     Welcome Address – Caroline Bertonèche (Professor of British Literature and Head of the International Excellence in the Humanities program– Université Grenoble Alpes)

  Introduction of the Workshop – Andrea Azzarelli (Postdoc Fellow – MACI – Université Grenoble Alpes)

First session

9.45         Ned Richardson-Little, ZZF, Potsdam

                Illicit Arms Trafficking and the Blurry Global Boundaries of Germany

10.15       Q&A

10.30       Simon Ball, University of Leeds

                Guns as Razor Blades

11.00       Q&A

11.15        Coffee Break         

11.30       Timothée Celeyron, Université Grenoble Alpes

                The Lexicon of Weapons in Historical Chronicles: How Can Phraseology Define a Textual Genre?

12.00       Q&A

              Second session

14.30       Assumpta Castillo Cañiz, Universitat de Girona

Arming (Only) Upright Citizens: Sources and Methodologies for Addressing Civilian Disarmament and Rearmament by Public Authorities (Spain, 19th-20th Centuries)

15.00       Q&A

15.15       Alexandre Dupont, Université de Strasbourg, IUF

                Political Internationalisms and Arms Smuggling: Productive Entanglements

15.45       Q&A

16.00       Coffee break

                Third session

16.15       Matteo Millan, Università di Padova

Guns in the Hands of Law-abiding Civilians: Gun Control, Gun Cultures and the Making of Modern Europe

16.45       Q&A

17.00       Andrea Azzarelli, Université Grenoble Alpes

                Navigating Violence: Police Forces and Guns in European Ports (France, England, Italy; 1890-1939)

17.30       Q&A


5th June 2024

Maison de la Création et de l’Innovation, salle 336 (3e étage) – Saint-Martin-d’Hères, 339 Av. Centrale

9.30         Welcome Breakfast

10.00       Open Debate

Collective open discussion for all participants, introduced by a brief summary of the presentations