Parution – Pierre Guidi, « Éduquer la nation en Éthiopie. École, État et identités dans le Wolaita (1941-1991) », PUR, 2020.

Résumé : À  travers les dynamiques scolaires de la région éthiopienne du Wolaita, ce livre retrace l’histoire de l’État-nation à partir de ses marges, dans la seconde moitié du XXe siècle. De la monarchie de droit divin de Haylä Sellasé au régime militaire marxiste-léniniste du Därg, il s’intéresse aux manières dont les habitants d’une région, incorporée à la fin du XIXe siècle, ont réagi face à leur situation dominée au sein de l’ensemble national en négociant avec l’institution scolaire – ses idéologies successives, ses savoirs, ses langues d’enseignement, ses pratiques de pouvoir – pour prendre place dans la communauté politique.

Avec une préface de Rebecca Rogers. En coédition avec IRD Éditions. Avec le soutien du Centre français des études éthiopiennes (MEAE, CNRS).

Parution – Jussi Välimaa, « A History of Finnish Higher Education from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century », 2020.

This book unravels the origins, continuities, and discontinuities of Finnish higher education as part of European higher education from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. It describes the emergence of universities in the Middle Ages and the Finnish student, and  moves on to the Reformation and the end of Swedish rule. It then discusses the founding of the Royal Academy of Turku, its professors and governing bodies, its role as a community, student numbers, the research and controversies. Travelling through the age of autonomy, the first decades of independence and the Second World War, the book examines the expansion of higher education, the development of the system, and the establishment of polytechnics. It concludes by analysing the multiple institutional and organisational layers of Finnish higher education. Altogether, the book offers an historical study that shows how and why education and higher education have been important in the process of making the Finnish nation and nation state.

Publication – Jan Surman, « Universities in Imperial Austria 1848-1918: A Social History of a Multilingual Space », 2019.

Combining history of science and a history of universities with the new imperial history, Universities in Imperial Austria 1848–1918: A Social History of a Multilingual Space by Jan Surman analyzes the practice of scholarly migration and its lasting influence on the intellectual output in the Austrian part of the Habsburg Empire.

The Habsburg Empire and its successor states were home to developments that shaped Central Europe’s scholarship well into the twentieth century. Universities became centers of both state- and nation-building, as well as of confessional resistance, placing scholars if not in conflict, then certainly at odds with the neutral international orientation of academe.

By going beyond national narratives, Surman reveals the Empire as a state with institutions divided by language but united by legislation, practices, and other influences. Such an approach allows readers a better view to how scholars turned gradually away from state-centric discourse to form distinct language communities after 1867; these influences affected scholarship, and by examining the scholarly record, Surman tracks the turn.

Drawing on archives in Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Ukraine, Surman analyzes the careers of several thousand scholars from the faculties of philosophy and medicine of a number of Habsburg universities, thus covering various moments in the history of the Empire for the widest view. Universities in Imperial Austria 1848–1918 focuses on the tension between the political and linguistic spaces scholars occupied and shows that this tension did not lead to a gradual dissolution of the monarchy’s academia, but rather to an ongoing development of new strategies to cope with the cultural and linguistic multitude.

Publication – Scott O. Moore, « Teaching the Empire: Education and State Loyalty in Late Habsburg Austria », 2020.

Teaching the Empireexplores how Habsburg Austria utilized education to cultivate the patriotism of its people. Public schools have been a tool for patriotic development in Europe and the United States since their creation in the nineteenth century. On a basic level, this civic education taught children about their state while also articulating the common myths, heroes, and ideas that could bind society together. For the most part historians have focused on the development of civic education in nation-states like Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. There has been an assumption that the multinational Habsburg Monarchy did not, or could not, use their public schools for this purpose. Teaching the Empire proves this was not the case.

Through a robust examination of the civic education curriculum used in the schools of Habsburg from 1867–1914, Moore demonstrates that Austrian authorities attempted to forge a layered identity rooted in loyalties to an individual’s home province, national group, and the empire itself. Far from seeing nationalism as a zero-sum game, where increased nationalism decreased loyalty to the state, officials felt that patriotism could only be strong if regional and national identities were equally strong. The hope was that this layered identity would create a shared sense of belonging among populations that may not share the same cultural or linguistic background.

Austrian civic education was part of every aspect of school life—from classroom lessons to school events. This research revises long-standing historical notions regarding civic education within Habsburg and exposes the complexity of Austrian identity and civil society, deservedly integrating the Habsburg Monarchy into the broader discussion of the role of education in modern society.

Thèse en cours: La langue, l’école et la nation. Histoire sociale et politique comparée des professeurs de lettres de l’enseignement secondaire public en Belgique et en Italie au XIXe s.

Mara Donato Di Paola prépare une thèse sous la direction de Cécile Vanderpelen-Diagre (Université Libre de Bruxelle) sur le thème: « La langue, l’école et la nation. Histoire sociale et politique comparée des professeurs de lettres de l’enseignement secondaire public en Belgique et en Italie au XIXe siècle (1850-1914)« .

Présentation:

Ce projet a pour ambition d’éclairer un aspect encore largement méconnu de l’histoire politique et sociale des bourgeoisies éduquées en Europe au XIXe siècle : le rôle joué par l’enseignement des lettres dans les écoles secondaires publiques dans le processus de construction de l’identité nationale, par le biais de l’enseignement des langues nationales et de la promotion de la culture humaniste par les professeurs. Cette recherche prendra la forme d’une étude comparée de cette problématique en Belgique et en Italie durant la période (1850-1914), au cours de laquelle les deux pays se trouvent dans des situations très comparables. Il s’agit en effet de deux États jeunes confrontés aux réalités du multilinguisme. Mené en s’appuyant sur une série de travaux sur l’histoire belge et italienne, l’histoire de l’enseignement dans les deux pays et l’histoire des bourgeoisies éduquées en Europe, le projet s’articule autour de trois axes de recherche. Le premier concerne le contexte politique et institutionnel : le développement progressif d’un enseignement étatique, la professionnalisation de la carrière professorale, l’évolution des programmes d’enseignement dans le domaine des lettres. Le deuxième axe concerne le rôle de l’enseignement des langues nationales dans le processus de construction de l’identité nationale dans les deux pays. Le troisième axe porte sur la fonction et la figure des professeurs de lettres en tant qu’intelligentsia promotrice de la culture humaniste.