Politics of history. Aragonese chroniclers between institutional logic and imperial dynamics (1547-1711)

9 November 2023. From 18:30 | Conference | Spanish | IEMed
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This lecture aims to examine all the official chroniclers of the kingdom of Aragon in the long term (1547-1711), enriching the study of their writings, taking into account their institutional position, their networks, censorship systems and scholarly and research works. This methodological bias allows us to show how these intellectual practices are an expression of power games, which the chronicler tries to harmonize at the level of the monarchy, and which produce exchanges and interactions with the different kingdoms to the point of affecting all forms of writing history. It is also about showing how the development (collaborative or conflictive) of stories of a common past contributes, in its own movement, to articulating territories and communities parting from their particularities.

Héloïse Hermant has been a professor of Modern History at the Université Côte d’Azur since 2009 and was a junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France from 2016 to 2021. Her research focuses on the relationship between writing practices and power configurations in the Iberian worlds. She analyzes conflicts as a privileged entry point to offer a history of politics through writing, following an interactionist approach that seeks to reconstruct a microphysics of power. She currently works for the chroniclers of Aragon and is interested in the writing of official history as a collective process. Among her latest publications is “Parole d’experts. Une histoire sociale du politique (Europe, 16th-18th century)” (2021).

Session moderated by Ida Mauro, senior lecturer at the Faculty of Geography and History at the UB

This conference coorganized with the Master’s Degree on Historia i Identitats en el Mediterrani Occidental (Segles XV-XIX), UB.

It takes place in Spanish at the IEMed conference room, Girona, 20 – Barcelona.

It can also be followed on IEMed’s Youtube Channel.

Read the AulaMed article.


Héloïse Hermant

Héloïse Hermant

Associate professor of Modern History Université Côte d’Azur
Ida Mauro

Ida Mauro

Senior lecturer at the Faculty of Geography and History UB

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