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• Additional to joint workshops, such as the Workshop "Nationising the Dynasty" in Nov. 2009, individual members of Research Project A5 have also participated in several further conferences and academic events.

• From summer 2009 until summer 2010, the project members organized a bi‐weekly reading group at the Karl Jaspers Centre, Heidelberg, which  focused on concepts of 'nation’ and ‘nationalism’ and on theoretical works in history as well as texts dealing with transculturality. The reading group was not only attended by members of A5 but also by other members of the Cluster.
The research group held its initial workshop on the topic of "Nationising the Dynasty" in November 2009. The workshop discussed the general research theme as well as the individual subprojects. Sven Externbrink of Universities Heidelberg and Marburg, Jeroen Duindam of Groningen University, Caspar Hirschi of Cambridge University and Peter Zarrow of Academia Sinica, Taipei offered valuable input.
 

• Project supervisors Prof Thomas Maissen and Prof Barbara Mittler, project members Julia Schneider and Milinda Banerjee, and cluster member Sebastian Meurer, presented papers in the conference “The Making of a Monarchy for the Modern World” , which took place at Kensington Palace, London, UK, from June 6‐8, 2012, to coincide with the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II .


• To mark its completion, the research group held an international graduate conference at the University of California, Los Angeles under the name of "Nationizing the Dynasty – Dynastizing the Nation" in April 2012 in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Patrick Geary (now at Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies) and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of California Los Angeles. The conference brought together international scholars from various fields of research to critique the nature of the modern national body politic by looking at it from the point of view of its putative Other: the dynasty. Keynote lectures were delivered by Prof Liah Greenfeld (Boston), Prof Joseph Esherick (UC San Diego), and Prof Nile Green (UCLA).

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