Conference “Memories of intolerance. Religious violence and hate-speech in nineteenth-century Europe”

Establishing a framework for coexistence between different religions and cultures is one of the most significant challenges facing contemporary societies. Religious violence and discourses of hate have historically hindered the implementation of measures of tolerance and, later, religious freedom. The aim of this conference is to look at how these manifestations of religious intransigence limited the effectiveness of these measures of coexistence. To this end, we will focus on the role played by the memory of intransigence – victims, perpetrators, and processes – in the nineteenth-century debates on the role of religion in public sphere. The discussion will focus on three geographical spaces – Europe, Spain and Aragon – paying special attention to the controversial memory of the first inquisitor of Aragon, Pedro Arbués, perpetrator and victim of religious violence.




Aula de la Institución „Fernando el Católico“

09:00 h Welcome

PANEL Memories of intransigence and religious violence in Europe

09:15 h Valentine Zuber (École pratique des hautes études): Servet’s memory as the symbol of Christian intolerance

10:00 h Eveline G. Bouwers (Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte) The long shadow of the Eighty Years’ War: memory, pluralism and conflict in the Modern Low Countries

10:45 h Discussion

11:00 h Coffee Break

11:45 h Géraldine Vaughan (Université de Rouen) Catholic violence in anti-Catholic British discourse in the nineteenth century

12:30 h Ignazio Veca (Università di Pisa) The crusade between memorial activation and reenactment: sacrifice, war and the brutalization of enemy in the nineteenth century

13:15 h Discussion


Salón de actos de la Biblioteca „María Moliner“, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Zaragoza

16:00 h Olaf Blaschke (WWU Münster) Memory in anti-Judaism and modern antisemitism: German catholic mentalities between 1870 and 1945

16:45 h Francisco Javier Ramón Solans (Universidad de Zaragoza) Remembering catholic martyrs. Religious intransigence and defense of the papacy in 1867

17:30 h Coffee Break

PANEL Between perpetrator and victim: the inquisitor and martyr Pedro Arbues

17:45 h Eliseo Serrano (Universidad de Zaragoza) La beatificación de Pedro Arbués en la España moderna

18:30h Joseba Louzao (Universidad de Alcalá de Henares) Entre la santidad y la nación. Imagen y memoria de Pedro Arbués en la España contemporánea

19:15h Discussion



Salón de actos de la Biblioteca „María Moliner“, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Zaragoza

PANEL Religious violence and integralist nationalism in Spain

09:00 h Xavier Andreu (Universidad de Valencia) The limits of tolerance. Remembering the religious policies of the Catholic monarchs in nineteenth-century Spain

09:45 h Juan Pablo Domínguez (Universidad de Navarra) La intolerancia española en el relato nacional decimonónico

10:30 h Discussion

10:45 h Coffee Break

11:00 h Pablo Bornstein (Universidad Complutense de Madrid): Rethinking the semitic: the impact on Jewish and Muslim Spain and its impact on the Restoration’s national debates

11:45 h Daniel Muñoz Sempere (Universidad de Cádiz) El feri de Benastepar, by Miguel Hué y Camacho, and the second life of the Moorish novel

12:30 h Discussion

13:00 h Conclusions

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