Next month, on September 17-18, NISE (the platform on National movements and Intermediary Structures in Europe) together with the Lithuanian Institute for History and the Welsh Nationalism Foundation organises a conference on ‘Creating and interpreting heroes and heroism in a national context’. This Vilnius meeting focuses on the question why and how people become national heroes, and how this is related to the stage of national development. In four thematic sessions specialists from all parts of Europe will discuss several models of hero worship, the importance of representation in a wide array of contexts and this for both historical and contemporary heroes. The conference is the first part of the dyptich ‘Heroes & Protagonists’, shedding light on the role of both the famous and the anonymous individual in the functioning of national mass movements.
Attendance to the conference is free. For the programme and registration, look at