ERC Consolidator Grants 2020
REVENANT. Revivals of Empire—Nostalgia, Amnesia, Tribulation
hosted at the University of Rijeka, Croatia
Across central and eastern Europe, the Balkans, central Asia and the Caucasus, and the Middle East, bygone imperial projects are increasingly inseparable from contemporary political and cultural life.
REVENANT, a newly-funded European Research Council Consolidator Grant (ERC-101002908), will be the first research project to examine contemporary collective memories and legacies of the Habsburg, Ottoman, and Romanov Empires from a comparative, inter-disciplinary perspective. The members of REVENANT will explore how collective memories of the Habsburg, Ottoman and Romanov Empires achieve form and substance through persons, places and things, ranging from Sultans to Sachertorte, from the banks of the Neva to those of the Danube and the Bosporus. REVENANT will be crossroads for scholarly disciplines as well as an intersection of post-imperial sites of memory. Led by Principal Investigator Dr. Jeremy F. Walton, our research team will include anthropologists, art historians, historians, political scientists, scholars of comparative literature, and sociologists. REVENANT will makes its home in the Cultural Studies Department of the University of Rijeka, with a planned duration of five years. From its base on the Kvarner Gulf, REVENANT will anchor an emergent, international network of studies of post-imperial memories and legacies, with confirmed collaborators at a variety of institutions, including Boğaziçi University, the Higher School of Economics Moscow, Humboldt University, the University of Konstanz, the University of Michigan, the University of Regensburg, the University of Vienna, and Utrecht University. In particular, we will maintain close, active ties with the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Göttingen), which hosted the predecessor to REVENANT, the Max Planck Research Group “Empires of Memory: The Cultural Politics of Historicity in Former Habsburg and Ottoman Cities.” The multiple outcomes and expressions of the project will include a documentary film, a photo exhibition and a website, as well as a variety of scholarly and popular publications.