Project / event type: workshops
Organiser: Prisma Ukraïna

Revisiting the Nation: Transcultural Contact Zones in Eastern Europe

Deadline: 30-08-2017
Location: Bucharest, Romania


Winter Academy
26 Feb – 7 Mar 2018
NEC, Bucharest

Call for applications

Revisiting the Nation

Transcultural Contact Zones in Eastern Europe

Prisma Ukraïna – Research Network Eastern Europe, Berlin and the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe, Universität St. Gallen, in cooperation with the New Europe College, Bucharest cordially invite doctoral and postdoctoral scholars from the fields of anthropology, economics, geography, history, literature, political sciences, social psychology, sociology and other disciplines to apply for an international Winter Academy titled: “Revisiting the Nation: Transcultural Contact Zones in Eastern Europe”. The Academy will be convened from 26 February to 7 March 2018 in Bucharest, Romania.

Application deadline: 30 August 2017

Winter Academy
“Revisiting the Nation: Transcultural Contact Zones in Eastern Europe”

26 Feb–7 Mar, New Europe College (NEC), Bucharest (Romania)


Ever since Mark von Hagen asked “Does Ukraine Have a History?” in 1995, there has been much debate about what constitutes Ukraine as a nation. In the  light of recent developments, it might seem that in Ukraine, this question is of particular significance. Still, it is important to understand that in the European context, Ukraine is not an exceptional case in its nation building effort. Instead, it is exemplary in terms of its multiculturality, entangled histories, and the everchanging relation between state and society.

With regard to Eastern Europe, the preoccupation with ‘the nation’, its history and identity, and with similar categories that imply monolithic entities (state, culture, language) in political, social and even academic discourse has been prevalent at least since the final years and collapse of the Eastern bloc. It has been visible in a search for homogeneity and ‘essences’ in cultural, historical or political terms – a search thwarted by the realities in situ. It is not only that the newly found sovereignty of those nation states coincides with greater alignment  with international legal, economic and military standards – what has been termed ‘voluntary imperialism’ (Cooper). Concepts like Mary Louise Pratt’s ‘contact zones’ (with their emphasis on transculturation, hybridity, and mediation) likewise draw attention away from monolithic concepts of nation and culture.

Instead, they point to how cultural practices permeate and inform each other at the local level, how they are being (re)negotiated and hegemonic discourses and power relations subverted by overt or implicit alternatives.

The ongoing transformations and cultural and political processes in Ukraine as well as in many places in Eastern Europe take place in this field of unresolved tension that causes constant frictions and renegotiations. This poses a very specific and potentially very productive challenge to Eastern European Studies – one that can benefit from the integration of various concepts and highly different disciplinary approaches.

The Academy’s rationale is to gather young scholars from diverse disciplines and with different approaches. We want to facilitate exchange and contribute to a fuller picture of current transformations in the region that goes beyond the national narratives and takes into account conditions and current processes of the renegotiation of identity, history, and political practices. The aim is to challenge assumptions; to overcome simplifying categories and explanations; and to open discussion on new perspectives and research questions. In this, Ukraine may be the main focus, but research on other countries and regions is welcome as well.

The program will focus mainly, but not exclusively on the following, overlapping themes:

The (re)production of community

identity claims and multiple belongings; the (re)production of memory and legitimacy; conflict and coexistence; nationalist mobilization and its limits; historical figures of the nation; history and nation building; populism and new authoritarianism

Legacies of empires

post-imperial infrastructures and the political and social life of its successors; inert geographies; shifting economic, political and cultural orientations; voluntary and involuntary imperialism; old and new elites; shadow economies; regionalisms and nationalism

Hegemonic and alternative discourses

sources of resistance; myths of pluralism; art, literature and the creation of (alternative) vernaculars; critical thinking and its institutional impact; subcultures; the fate of the left; diversity of memory and narratives; the role of mass media

Performing imagination

cultural production of the present; rhetoric of/as emotion; creative communities, common places for specific experiences; key images; interventions into the public space; mass culture as industry of imagination; transformation of literary cosmopolises; networks and islands in cultural mapping; experiences and performances of the Other

We invite scholars of anthropology, economics, geography, history, literature, political sciences, social psychology, sociology and other disciplines whose research relates to these questions and who would like to present and discuss their work in an international and multi-disciplinary context.

The Winter Academy is chaired by a group of scholars that includes Pascal Bonnard (Jean Monnet University, Saint Etienne), Rory Finnin (University of Cambridge), Susanne Frank (Humboldt University, Berlin), Olena Haleta (Ivan Franko University, Lviv; Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv), Andrii Portnov (Prisma Ukraïna; Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin), Ulrich Schmid (Centre for Governance and Culture in Europe, University of St. Gallen), Mihai Varga (Free University Berlin) and Annette Werberger (Europa University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder).

Winter Academy format

The Academy will gather up to 20 doctoral and postdoctoral scholars from different countries and academic backgrounds. It promotes intensive peer-to-peer debates and encourages new perspectives grown from debates in small discussion groups. Participants contribute actively to the program’s structure and content. They present their individual research in working groups, co-design thematic discussion groups and are involved in the organization of workshops. While most of the intensive work is conducted in a small-group atmosphere, the Winter Academy also presents its work to the public through general lectures and open panel discussions. It builds on previous academies conducted by Prisma Ukraïna and is designed to support scholarly networks and contribute to closer ties among research activities in and outside of Europe. The working language is English.

The Academy will take place from 26 February to 7 March 2018 at the New Europe College in Bucharest. Travel, accommodation, insurance and visa matters will be covered and arranged by the organizers.

How to apply

The program addresses doctoral and postdoctoral researchers who wish to present their ongoing projects in a comparative perspective in relation to the questions raised above. Their work should be clearly relevant to the themes of the Winter Academy. While the focus of the Winter Academy will be on Ukraine and Eastern Europe, comparative perspectives on the themes mentioned above are welcome, transregional approaches being especially encouraged.

The application should be in English and consist of:

1. a curriculum vitae;
2. a three- to five-page outline of the project the applicant is currently working on, with a brief introductory summary thereof;
3. a suggestion of two readings relevant for the Winter Academy that you would like to discuss with other participants (please provide bibliographical data only, no copies required at this stage);
4. the names of two university faculty members who can serve as referees (no letters of recommendation required).

PLEASE SEND YOUR APPLICATION BY EMAIL as ONE PDF FILE to Deadline for applications is 30 August 2017.


Dr. Ulrike Gatzemeier
Prisma Ukraïna – Research Network Eastern Europe
Wallotstr. 14
14193 Berlin

T: +49 (0)30 89 001-428
F: +49 (0)30 89 001-440

About us

Located at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe (GCE) collaborates with researchers in Germany, Vienna, the U.S., and the Black Sea region since its establishment in 2011. Affiliated members collaborate on a range of interdisciplinary projects, including State Capture and Corruption in Russia, and Transcultural Contact Zones in Ukraine. The GCE seeks to foster cooperation between humanities and social science researchers in Switzerland and individual states in the Black Sea region.

The New Europe College (NEC) Bucharest is an independent Romanian institute for advanced study in the humanities and social sciences founded in 1994 by Professor Andrei Pleşu. NEC aims to contribute to the development of research and higher education in Romania and in South-Eastern and Eastern Europe by: a) supporting individual research at an advanced level through national, regional and international fellowship programs; and b) hosting research teams and focus groups working on innovative and cooperative projects. NEC also aims to foster the development and strengthening of the civil society in the post-communist countries of South-Eastern and Eastern Europe.

Please find more information here:

Prisma Ukraïna – Research Network Eastern Europe is a program at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin. It links academics from numerous universities and research institutions in Berlin, Brandenburg and beyond who focus in their work on Ukraine and Eastern Europe. We provide spaces for interdisciplinary research with comparative approaches and thus seek to contribute to a language that does justice to the complexity of the region as a whole and opens up transregional perspectives. Prisma Ukraïna has been initiated and is being headed by the historian and long-term Fellow of the Forum Transregionale Studien Dr. Andrii Portnov.

Please find more information here:

Prisma Ukraïna – Research Network Eastern Europe, Berlin and the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe, Universität St. Gallen, in cooperation with the New Europe College, Bucharest

Basic information:
Deadline: 30-08-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Dr. Ulrike Gatzemeier
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studie

4th International Graduate Conference Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Deadline: 31-08-2017
Location: Massachusetts, United States


The Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University will host the Fourth International Graduate Students' Conference on Holocaust and Genocide Studies (April 12 to 15, 2018), in cooperation with the Research Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. The conference will provide a forum for advanced doctoral students and early post-docs to present their research projects to peers and established scholars. 

Professor of Anthropology Victoria Sanford (Lehman College, and Director, Center for Human Rights & Peace Studies, Graduate Center, City University of New York) will deliver the keynote address.

Professors Daniel Blatman and Amos Goldberg (Hebrew University), Dagmar Herzog (Graduate Center, CUNY), and Elisa von Joeden-Forgey and Raz Segal (Stockton University) will serve as discussants.

This interdisciplinary conference will reflect the full range of issues, concepts, and methods in current Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Accordingly, we invite pertinent applications from all fields and disciplines and from countries around the world. Students working on genocides and other forms of mass violence in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and America as well as on the aftermath and collective memorialization of genocides are encouraged to apply. 

Interested applicants should submit for consideration 1) a short curriculum vitae (one page max.) including name, address, email, and telephone number; 2) the title and an abstract of your paper (approx. 300 words, one page max. in English), addressing your basic arguments and sources, and how they relate to your dissertation project (for instance: summary, proposal, or chapter of the dissertation); and 3) a brief letter from your advisor indicating your enrollment in a doctoral program or the status of your dissertation work.

The costs of accommodation, registration, and meals will be covered for applicants whose papers are accepted. We also anticipate offering stipends to defray travel expenses for participants. 

The application deadline is August 31, 2017.  Please email materials to If you have any questions, please contact Thomas Kühne, Director, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and Strassler Chair in the Study of Holocaust History, Clark University, under the same email address.

Research Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University

Basic information:
Deadline: 31-08-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Thomas Kühne
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: The Finnish Centre of Excellence in Historical Res

Alternative histories: methodologies, facts and visions

Deadline: 31-08-2017
Location: University of Tampere, Finland


Alternative histories: methodologies, facts and visions”

Organisation: The Finnish Centre of Excellence in Historical Research
Venue: University of Tampere, Finland
Date: November 13–14, 2017
Paper proposals due: August 31, 2017

The sixth meeting in the international seminar series Finland in Comparison organized by the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Historical Research will explore and discuss national histories in comparative perspective. The special theme of the 2017 conference is the role of alternative histories in explaining the past.

Keynote speakers:
Pekka Hämäläinen (University of Oxford): Dark Matters of History: Toward Alternative Histories of Nations and Empires.
Christabelle Sethna (University of Ottawa): The Handmaid's Tale Is Not An Instruction Manual: Dystopia, "Ustopia" and the Prospect of Reproductive Justice.
To be announced.

As with the past seminars, the Alternative histories: methodologies, facts and visions seminar welcomes papers ranging from theoretical reflections and historiographical discussions to case studies. In particular, we invite contributions that discuss challenges of methodological nationalism, including transnational and global history. Presentations are not restricted to the history of Finland. The topics might include but are not limited to the following:
contrafactual history
narratives as alternative histories
alternative approaches (queer/gender history, minorities, forgotten and unknown history)
the relationship between history and popular history
the relationship between history and mass communication

Researchers interested in presenting a paper at the seminar are asked to send a short abstract of no more than 300 words in English by August 31, 2017 to the following email address: Please attach your affiliation and contact information to the proposal. Accepted speakers will be notified by September 20, 2017.

There is no registration fee for the conference. Accepted speakers are provided with meals and accommodation in Tampere.


Basic information:
Deadline: 31-08-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Dr. Johanna Annola
Project / event type: fellowships / grants
Organiser: College of Europe

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Recent Eastern European History

Deadline: 31-08-2017
Location: Warsaw, Poland


The College of Europe in Natolin (Warsaw) is seeking applications for the position of a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with a starting date of October/November 2017, to be held for twelve months. The post will be held within the framework of the European Civilization Chair, founded by the European Parliament in memory of the late Professor Bronisław Geremek.

We are looking for ambitious and industrious candidates with:

a recently awarded doctorate in History or a closely related field;
a proven track record of research in recent Eastern European history, with refereed publications;
excellent team-working skills;
a very good command of English. A good command of Polish, Ukrainian and/or Russian would be an advantage.
Tasks include:

undertaking research activities leading to high-level scholarly publications; as a minimum, writing a source-based research article in the field of recent Eastern European history and submitting it to a leading academic journal;
contributing a leading role to the development of collective research projects by the team based in the Chair responsible for the “Three Ukrainian Revolutions” project;
contributing more generally to the activities of the European Civilization Chair, under the supervision of the Chairholder;
providing academic support for students undertaking Master’s theses related to recent European history and European civilization.
The College offers:

an excellent academic setting;
a twelve-month contract under Polish law;
an internationally competitive remuneration package;
an international working environment.
E-mail applications in English or French, comprising a detailed curriculum vitae, information on research interests and plans, a letter of motivation and the names and contact details of two referees, should be submitted by 31 August 2017 via e-mail to:


Basic information:
Deadline: 31-08-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: College of Europe
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Queen's University Belfast

Why Public History? The first annual conference of the Centre for Public History

Deadline: 01-09-2017
Location: Belfast


Why Public History? The first annual conference of the Centre for Public History, 7-8 December 2017, Queen's University Belfast 

In Autumn 2017 the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen's University Belfast is launching its new Centre for Public History. An interdisciplinary initiative, the Centre aims to provide a broad approach to the multi-faceted method of public history - in theory, application, and critique. This inaugaral annual conference begins that task by seeking to assess the current state of the discipline. It asks a simple but vital question: in an age of 'fake news', 'history wars', and 'impact agendas', what role do scholars and practitioners have in shaping the relationship between the public and the place of the past?

Reflective keynote lectures will be given by leading scholars in the field: Professor Ludmilla Jordanova (Durham), Professor Peter Mandler (tbc) (Cambridge), and Professor Jock Phillips (Auckland).
Possible themes include:
Difficult or contentious public histories
Commemoration and identity
Film, popular history and memory
Heritage and regeneration
Conservation and preservation
Oral history and public engagement 
Policy - local, national, international 

We invite individual 20-minute papers, or panels of 3 papers, on these themes from any historical period or geographic locale, and encourage comparative work. Abstracts sholuld not exceed 250 words, and should be accompanied by a short CV and sent to by 1 September 2017. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 20 September 2017.

The conference will feature the annual Keith Jeffery Memorial Lecture, to be delivered this year by Professor Jock Phillips. 

The registration fee is £15, which includes tea/coffee, a drinks reception, and lunch on Day 2. A limited number of bursaries of £300 (covering the conference fee, travel, and accommodation) are avaialble for postgraduates and ECRs within three years of their PhD who are delivering a paper. Anyone seeking a bursary should indicate this when emailing their abstract. 

Twitter - #publichistoryatqueens


Basic information:
Deadline: 01-09-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Centre for Public History, Queen's University Belf
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: University of Göttingen

Biography and Violence. Violent dynamics and agency in collective processes and individual life histories

Deadline: 01-09-2017
Location: University of Göttingen


Biography and Violence. Violent dynamics and agency in collective processes and individual life histories

International Conference to be held at the Center of Methods in Social Sciences (Qualitative Methods/Professorship Rosenthal), University of Göttingen, on 9-10 February 2018

In European societies, current media reports on (civil) wars, armed conflicts, terror attacks, illegalized migration, or attacks on migrants show that physical violence and violent phenomena attract great attention, albeit often in a very charged and selective manner. The high number of studies devoted to violent phenomena and their causes, dynamics and consequences means that today there can be no question of a general neglect of violence in the social sciences any more, at least with regard to empirical research. Much recent research in this field has focused on violence in the narrow sense of the word, meaning the social dynamics organized around physical injury to, and the vulnerability of, social actors. This conference tries to go beyond a normative perspective limited to the study of isolated “causes”, and strives to understand the interactive dynamics of violence that creates and destroys social order. In addition, increased attention is paid to the history and experiences of the actors involved, and their social networks. Sociologists interested in biographical research, or in other forms of research into everyday life, have explicitly studied contexts structured by violence, such as wars and violent conflicts, migration courses, or domestic violence, and have focused, for example, on the biographical, familial and transgenerational consequences of violent experiences. A biographical research approach must include contextualizing the phenomena under study socio-historically and diachronically. Moreover, an interpretative research approach that focuses on the biographical experiences, perspectives and relevances of the actors in their social fields of action, and, if possible, their historical genesis, frequently leads to the discovery of violent phenomena, which have significantly contributed to structuring the biographical courses of these actors, even without an explicit focus on violence. In other words, researchers commonly find traces of experiences of violence and violent behavior in various biographical fields. A biographical research approach makes it possible to examine the processes that lead to experiences of violence, whether as targets or performers, on both a personal and a collective level. This interdisciplinary and international conference offers an opportunity for discussion and exchange between scholars engaged in research on violence and those engaged in biographical research, from their different academic perspectives.

We are interested in the following questions:
How can biographical research contribute to the systematic inclusion of violence in the development of sociological theories, as called for in recent years by scholars involved in research on violence and violent conflicts?
And what perspectives can research on violence contribute to biographical research in the social sciences and sociology?
We therefore invite papers based on empirical research in the following interrelated areas:
Reconstruction of processes of the development, continuation and change of (physically) violent behavior, and interpretations of violence, from the perspectives of actors involved in different socio-historical contexts.
Reconstruction of interrelations between members of different groupings and individuals in violent situations.
Empirical perspectives on violent dynamics in different regions of the world and different social contexts.
Figurations of groupings in violent or armed conflicts.
Experience of violent conditions as part of everyday life, and as part of an actor’s collective, familial and personal history.
Violence in organizational contexts (such as police or army): development, continuation and change of patterns of interpretation and action in connection with armed violence in organizational contexts; practices of organizational violence and their legitimation, and interrelations between biographical and organizationalprofessional patterns of action.
Interdependencies between violence and collective belongings.
Opportunities and limits in respect of the thematization of violence in different social contexts (also: in the research context) and in biographical courses.

Please send your paper title and abstract (not exceeding 2300 characters, including authors and affiliations) to

Deadline: September 1st, 2017.

We especially invite junior researchers and young academics. Travel expenses can be partially covered for contributors of papers or presentations.

Organizing team: Eva Bahl, M.A.; Isabella Enzler, M.A.; Hendrik Hinrichsen, M.A.; Kristina Meier, M.A.; Miriam Schäfer, M.A.; Katharina Teutenberg, M.A.; Arne Worm, M.A.

n order to promote young academics and international participation, funds have been made available to cover the travel expenses of (active) participants partially. 
For people travelling from inside Germany, a partial funding up to 100 Euro of the travel expenses can be covered. For international participants, a partial funding up to 500 Euro can be covered.
Please let us know when you send in your paper if you want to apply for this funding. If your paper is accepted, we ask you to send us the cost calculation of your conference trip and we`ll then let you know how much of your expenses will be covered.
Receipts must be submitted
No per diems can be covered
Expenses for first-class train and air travel cannot be reimbursed.
Due to the limited funding budget, we do not guarantee funding. But we`ll do our best to promote the participation of as much young and international scholars as possible.


Basic information:
Deadline: 01-09-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: University of Göttingen
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Centre for the History of Violence at the Universi

Historicising Violence: The Contested Histories of Present Day Conflict

Deadline: 01-09-2017
Location: Italy, Rome


Historicising Violence: The Contested Histories of Present Day Conflict
Italy, Rome, 22-24 November 2017

A multidisciplinary conference convened by the Centre for the History of Violence at the University of Newcastle, Australia and held at the Rome Global Gateway, University of Notre Dame, Rome

Violence is a pervasive but contested facet of 21st century life, manifesting in political, social, cultural and economic spheres as well as in private lives. As such, violence remains a persistent object of both academic interested and public debate. Yet the manner in which present day violence is historicized - if at all - has profound implications for scholarly understanding and political responses. The aim of this conference is to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines to place contemporary aspects of violence in their historical context, to reflect upon the process by which such historicization occurs, and to underscore the workings of the past in the present. Areas of particular interest include:
Flashpoints, such as the Middle East, Western China, the Ukraine, Turkey and Myanmar.
The rise of new ethnic nationalisms, the spectre of fascism, and anti-fascist resistance.
Borders, boundaries and frontiers.
Gender and violence.
State-sanctioned violence.
Institutional violence.
Indigeneity and violence.
Terror and supranational actors.

Proposals from scholars at any career stage and with expertise in any relevant area of history, politics and the social sciences, including areas of research that are currently under development, are welcome. We particularly invite contributions on case studies and issues that are innovative or provocative with regard to the many timelines of contemporary violence. The format will be two thirty-minute papers per session with extra time for discussion. Registration is 140 EUR and includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea for the duration.

The keynote speaker will be Richard Drayton, Rhodes Professor of Imperial History at Kings College London.

It is anticipated that a publication in a peer-reviewed series with arise from a selection of conference papers.

Proposals, with an abstract no longer than 200 words and a one page CV, should be sent to by 1 September 2017.

Contact Info: 
Dr Kit Candlin, Centre for the History of Violence, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle, Australia:
Dr Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen, Centre for the History of Violence, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle, Australia:

Rome Global Gateway, University of Notre Dame, Rome

Basic information:
Deadline: 01-09-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Dr Kit Candlin
Project / event type: fellowships / grants
Organiser: National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victi

Project sponsorship: National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism

Deadline: 01-09-2017
Location: -


Project sponsorship: the application process


The National Fund can sponsor projects that benefit the victims of National Socialism, serve academic research into National Socialism and the fate of its victims, remember National Socialist injustice or safeguard the memory of the victims. Projects must directly or indirectly benefit the victims and serve to help come to terms with National Socialism and its consequences. The planned projects for which funding is requested must pursue these aims and stand in close relation to Austria. The further requirements are set out in the guidelines and must be observed.

As a rule, funding will not be granted for projects relating to construction or infrastructure; projects undertaken by individuals and diploma theses, dissertations and similar will also, as a rule, not be awarded funding.


In order to submit a project to the National Fund for sponsorship, the applicant must present a completed and signed application form (also by email to, a detailed project description (concept), transparent budget detailing confirmed and/or expected sources of financing for the total costs of the entire project (please submit these proofs in copy) and a schedule.

Required documents

Application form:
Detailed project description (concept)
Detailed budget with confirmed/expected funding
Proof of co-sponsorship (if available)

Applicants can be submitted to the National Fund at any time. The Committee and the Board of Trustees of the National Fund decide on the applications for project funding twice a year.

Applications for the spring session must be received by the National Fund on 1 March at the latest.
Applications for the autumn session must be received by the National Fund on 1 September at the latest.

After funding is awarded

In the event that project funding is awarded the applicant is sent a letter of approval. Enclosed with this letter is a Declaration of Undertaking, which must be signed by the applicant and returned to the National Fund.

Completion of the project

The applicants undertake to evidence the support of the National Fund through the clearly visible placement of the National Fund logo on the project.

Upon completion of a project, the project organizer must submit an ordered and transparent settlement of account demonstrating the use of the funding for its approved purpose in accordance with the information for applicants within six months.

In addition, specimen copies and/or a project report with photos must be conveyed to the National Fund and permission granted to use photos, texts and other project materials on the National Fund’s website.


Basic information:
Deadline: 01-09-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victi
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: University of Luxemburg

The way out - Microhistories of flight from Nazi Germany

Deadline: 01-09-2017
Location: Luxemburg


24-26 January 2017 

This international conference will study the broad theme of the flight of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany in the 1930s and their trajectories during the war and its aftermath from multiple perspectives.

Co-organised by:

Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH), University of Luxembourg

CNRS – Institut d’histoire moderne et contemporaine, Ecole normale supérieure, Paris

Institut für Zeitgeschichte, München

NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam


In recent years, the microhistorical turn in Holocaust history has placed increasing importance on individual practices and experiences by exploring new, nominative mass sources and combining a prosopographical approach with quantitative analysis of individual trajectories. As Claire Zalc and Tal Bruttmann state in the introduction to Microhistories of the Holocaust (2016): “Reducing the level of analysis increases knowledge, because smaller spaces can better elucidate the complexities of decision-making, help reestablish the “space of the possible”, show how reality was experienced at the individual level, and ultimately provide more compelling insights into the events that contemporaries faced in their day-to-day lives.” The micro-level of the individual and the family is a scale of observation that sheds light in a new way on the relationships between Jewish migrants and representatives of state authorities and places individual behaviour in the context of its social and political environment. It enables us to observe migrants in their networks and groups of belonging, trace their biographical and migratory trajectories and identify their agency, the means at their disposal and the opportunities or obstacles that the policy framework allowed them, so that we can identify their spaces of possibility and constraint.

This international conference will study the broad theme of the flight of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany in the 1930s and their trajectories during the war and its aftermath from multiple perspectives. We invite scholars in history, social and political science, law and related research fields to submit their research.


Research topics

Proposed research topics include, but are not limited to:

Reconstructing patterns of flight, assistance to refugees
Interrelations between flight and persecution
The transfer of refugees’ assets across borders and economic integration in the country of asylum
The role of human smugglers
The new lives of refugees in Western European countries of asylum and the recomposition of Jewish communities
How private and public law has been affected by German anti-Semitic legislation in liberal European states
The attitudes and policies of state authorities towards Jews (continuity and change before, during and after the war)
Individual, family and group responses to Nazi persecution and the role of networks
Aryanisation, spoliation and their aftermath in European countries after 1945
Policies and patterns of resettlement/migration of Jewish DPs after the war between Eastern and Western Europe and between Europe and the USA/Israel
Primary sources for microhistory


Submissions should be sent via the EasyChair conference management system: and should include title and abstract (max. 400 words) as well as a short biography (max. 200 words), all in one pdf document. The submission deadline is 1 September 2017. Notification of acceptance will be sent by the end of September 2017. For any questions concerning submissions and the conference, please contact 

Presentations should be no more than twenty minutes long. Presentations can be made in English, French and German. An interpreting service will be provided. We will offer a number of travel bursaries to applicants with limited or no alternative access to funding. We aim to publish selected contributions.


Keynote speakers

Dalia Ofer (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), opening keynote:

Methodology and importance of microhistory in understanding the Holocaust

Claire Zalc (Institut d’histoire moderne et contemporaine, Ecole normale supérieure, Paris):

Le renouveau des sources dans l’étude de la Shoah et les perspectives microhistoriques

Susanne Heim (Institut für Zeitgeschichte, München/Berlin):

Ökonomie der Flucht. Enteignung, Erpressung und Gegenwehr

Frank Caestecker (Universiteit Gent):

State persecution and protection: the political determinants of the Jewish refugee flow (1933-1948)


Scientific Committee

Vincent Artuso, Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH), Luxembourg

Didier Boden, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne

Frank Caestecker, Universiteit Gent

Katarina Capkova, Institute of Contemporary History (USD), Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

David Fraser, University of Nottingham

Susanne Heim, Institut für Zeitgeschichte, München/Berlin

Marc Gloden, Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH), Luxembourg

Ismee Tames, NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam

Claire Zalc, Institut d’histoire moderne et contemporaine, Ecole normale supérieure, Paris


Executive Committee (C2DH)

Denis Scuto

Vincent Artuso

Narveen Kaur

Jakub Bronec

Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH), University of Luxembourg; CNRS – Institut d’histoire moderne et contemporaine, Ecole normale supérieure, Paris; Institut für Zeitgeschichte, München; NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam

Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: London Arts & Humanities Partnership


Deadline: 12-09-2017
Location: London




Confirmed keynote speakers: Professor Slawomir Kapralski, Pedagogical University of Cracow and Professor Patrizia Violi, University of Bologna

With the support of the London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP) and the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR), we are pleased to announce a student-led interdisciplinary conference 'Memory and Space' held at Senate House on 30th November 2017.

The conference seeks to widen the traditional understanding of memory through exploration of literal and figurative spaces, bringing together postgraduate students and early career researchers working within this much discussed and diverse topic.

The conference is open to all PhD and ECR candidates from any department within Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences.

Today, at a time when geopolitical powers are focusing ever more on questions of borders, territories, nationality and the movement of people, the need to explore cultural responses to memory through a temporal and spatial lens is ever more pressing. The field of collective and cultural memory studies has been booming since the 1980s, leading to a wide range of interdisciplinary research that has broadened and expanded our knowledge of how memory is 'produced', 'consumed', 'reproduced' and 'prosumed'. Space has been an integral concept to the study of memory throughout. Ideas such as 'sites of memory', 'situatedness' and 'glocalisation' have allowed us to analyse the manner in which certain memories are tied to concrete spaces. In recent years, however, scholars have reconceptualised space from a static factor in the formation of memory to a factor of transcendence, attributing attention to how different actors move, travel between or negotiate different spaces and how this s hapes their memories. New perspectives on the interaction of memory and space are thus emerging and this conference invites and encourages participation in this vibrant discussion.

This conference will bring together early career scholars from arts and humanities as well as from social sciences to explore this conceptual shift and its manifestations and welcomes papers that address topics including but not limited to:

* Narrative journeys through space and time: the geographies of memory

* Commemorative sites and lived in space

* Nostalgia and home

* Cartography and map making

* Negotiating intimate and public spaces: trauma, memory and truth commissions

* Spaces of projection: objects and media as sites of memory How to submit your proposal

Proposals for papers should be submitted using the online form by 12th September 2017 and include a maximum 300-word abstract, in English, for a 15-minute paper. All candidates will be notified by 30th September 2017. Attendance is free of charge. Snacks, drinks and lunch will be provided. Enquiries should be directed to

Institute of Modern Languages Research

Basic information:
Deadline: 12-09-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: LAHP
Project / event type: publication
Organiser: ENRS

CfA: Violence in Twentieth-Century European History

Deadline: 15-09-2017
Location: -


In Europe, the 20th century could rightly be called a ‘century of violence’ due to an exponential increase in the number of those who were killed, imprisoned, tortured or displaced  during that century. Apart from numerous wars, including two global ones, which have caused millions of deaths, modern states became involved in violence towards their own citizens. The increase of state violence weakened democracy, undermined human rights and eventually led to the creation of totalitarian regimes. Therefore, it seems vital to focus primarily on the various phenomena of violence and their consequences for twentieth-century history  as well as on how they are remembered.
The Remembrance and Solidarity Studies Editorial Board invites authors to participate with thematically relevant contributions – only unpublished articles, book reviews, or conference reports will be considered.  
As there are several periodicals entirely dedicated to Violence research, we intend to focus on issues that are relevant to our journal. As violence was a Europe-wide phenomenon, we welcome new research in diverse disciplines that tackles this dimension, whether in real time or in post-1945 history and memory. Contributions can deal with the following aspects (though other aspects will be considered, too): 
1.	Revealing the intellectual and ideological sources of various forms of violence; 
2.	Transnational recurring characteristics of violence, whether on national, regional or local level (actors, authorities, administrations and conditions);
3.	Case studies of assuming or rejecting responsibility for violence. Alternative or controversial narratives about the tragic past of Europe in the 20th century. The memory of political violence in the consciousness of current generations.

This European Network Remembrance and Solidarity’ (ENRS) periodical online journal is a platform for exchange of views between researchers dealing with Central European history. The bulletin is addressed to the scientific community (academic staff, undergraduates, graduate students, etc.) as well as a broad group of history enthusiasts (teachers and other interested individuals). 

Editors:	Prof. Padraic Kenney, Indiana University - Polish Studies Centre | Prof. Jan Rydel, Pedagogical University of Krakow - Institute of Political Science, Polish ENRS Coordinator  | Prof. Matthias Weber, Federal Institute for Culture and History of the Germans in Eastern Europe; Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg - Institute of History, German ENRS Coordinator | Prof. Martin Schulze Wessel, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich - Institute of History; Collegium Carolinum | Prof. Róbert Letz, Comenius University Bratislava - Department of History | Dr Árpád Hornják, University of Pecs - Faculty of Humanities; Hungarian Academy of Sciences - Institute of History| Dr Pavol Jakubčin, Nation´s Memory Institute Bratislava | Dr Florin Abraham, National Council for the Study of the Securitate Archives, Romanian ENRS Coordinator | Dr Réka Földváryné Kiss, Hungarian ENRS Coordinator, Dr Małgorzata Pakier, Head of ENRS Academic Section

European Network Remembrance and Solidarity

Executive editor:		Prof. Jan Rydel
This issue’s special editors:     Dr Florin Abraham, Dr Réka Földváryné Kiss	

The issue will be edited by Florin Abraham and Réka Földváryné Kiss. Remembrance and Solidarity Studies in 20th Century European History is published online ( and in limited copies in paper form.
Please send your proposals (up to 500 words) by 15 September 2017. Full articles, not exceeding 6000 words (including footnotes), will be expected by 31 October 2017.  

We accept articles in English and other languages. If submission is made in a different language than English, the article will be translated and published in English. 
For queries regarding suggestions for articles contact			

All articles must be submitted within the provided deadline in Microsoft Word format (*.doc). Submissions should be emailed as an attachment to:
Formatting of the article must follow the Chicago Style. Please use 12 pt. Times New Roman font, one-and-a-half-spaced. Additionally, please ensure the following::
1.	A cover page with the title and a short abstract of around 100 words.
2.	A short biography of the author with name(s), affiliation(s), correspondence address (maximum of 100 words).
3.	Main text in English or in the author’s language. References should be cited in the text by giving the last name of the author(s) followed by the year of publication and page in parentheses, e.g. (Pollack 2006, 53). 
4.	List of references must be provided on a separate sheet at the end of the manuscript in the Chicago style. They should include all authors’ names and initials, year of publication, title of the article or the book, the full title of the journal, volume and page numbers, and - for books and other documents - the publisher’s name and place of publication.

After submitting your article, you should receive a confirmation by email. The review process normally takes approximately two weeks. The review process involves screening of your work by the editors to determine its suitability for the journal. You will be informed by email if your work is going to be printed in the upcoming edition by 29 September 2017.


Basic information:
Deadline: 15-09-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: ENRS
Project / event type: fellowships / grants
Organiser: Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

CFA: Imre Kertesz Kolleg FELLOWSHIPS 2018-2019

Deadline: 15-09-2017
Location: Jena



The Imre Kertész Kolleg invites applications for Fellowships for the academic year 2018-2019 for periods of residence from three months up to a full academic year. Applications are invited from noted and established scholars in the history of Central and Eastern Europe or neighboring disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, political sciences, philosophy, literary studies or linguistics relevant to the region.

Fellows are expected to conduct a larger scholarly project corresponding to the research profile of the Kolleg. As the Fellowships are writing fellowships either for conceptualizing or finalizing work, fellows are expected to work at the Imre Kertész Kolleg and to reside in Jena for the duration of their fellowship.

Stipends range from € 3.000 to € 5.300 per month according to the academic position at the home institution. The Kolleg will provide work space, support by student research assistants, and will help finding appropriate accommodation in Jena.

Applications must include:

curriculum vitae
list of publications
project proposal in English (not exceeding 5 pages)
a statement on the relevance of the research project to the Kolleg’s research profile (not exceeding 2 pages)
Applications must be received no later than 15 September 2017 and should be sent electronically as one single PDF to the directors of the Kolleg:

Prof. Dr. Joachim v. Puttkamer
Dr. Michal Kopeček
Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena
Leutragraben 1
07743 Jena
Mail: imre-kertesz-kolleg(at)uni-jena(dot)de

It is advised to study the Notes for Applicants.

After completion of an external review process, successful candidates will be notified by December 15, 2017.

Informal inquiries may be addressed to the Managing Director of the Kolleg, Dr. Raphael Utz, on raphael.utz(at)uni-jena(dot)de or +49-3641-944073.


Basic information:
Deadline: 15-09-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena
Project / event type: publication
Organiser: EOLLES

The past as testimony: Memories of Resistance and Resistance of Memory

Deadline: 15-09-2017
Location: France


MARIANA MASTRÁNGELO, Chilecito National University (UNDEC), Argentina, and Institute of Latin American Studies (INDEAL), University of Buenos Aires, and MIGUEL CARDINA, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra (CES), Portugal, invite you to submit original research papers in Spanish or Portuguese on “Memories of Resistance and Resistance of Memory”, for a special issue of the cross-disciplinary and peer-reviewed academic French journal EOLLES (Est Ouest Langues Littératures Echanges Sociétés), University of Le Havre Normandy, to be published in December 2017.

During the 20th century, the processes of politization that had different social groups as subjects, often conflicted with the repressive mechanisms that were directly or indirectly activated by the State. This relationship between violence and resistance went on in different ways, and more recently fostered the debates on the (in)existence of archives and the ethical dilemas about the use of documents on Repression, on the claims around the so called “historical memory” or on the discussions about the figure of “victim” or “activist”. This special issue is part of the research work produced by the Ibero-American Network on Resistance and Memory (RIARM), that gathers Latin American and European researchers who focus on the study of the memories of resistance. We aim at problematizing the way in which historical knowledge tackles these “difficult pasts”, through essays that question the representations of the past, its public uses, the strategies of dissemination, and the mechanisms of silencing to which they are subjected.

Paper submission due: September 15th, 2017.

Language (including abstract): Spanish or Portuguese.

Instructions for authors:


Basic information:
Deadline: 15-09-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Mariana Mastrángelo
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: University of Eastern Finland

Perception of Russia in Contemporary World: Memory, Identity, Conflicts

Deadline: 20-09-2017
Location: Joensuu, Finland


Conference “Perception of Russia in Contemporary World: Memory, Identity, Conflicts”

Joensuu, University of Eastern Finland, 27-28 November 2017
This event is viewed as a capstone of the international research project "Perception of Russia Across Eurasia: Memory, Identity, Conflicts" which is being implemented by the international team of scholars within the framework of EU-Russia scientific cooperation program – ERA.NetRUSPlus 2016-2017 (see here).
The two-days' final conference will focus on the discursive construction of images of Russia by various ethno-cultural groups in different post-Soviet, post-socialist and Western countries. We welcome comparative papers not only drawing parallels between groups and states, but also between the public/political discourse related to Russia and the perceptions of ordinary people based on their historical memory, identity shifts and personal experiences.
Our aim is to bring together international scholars who could present results of their latest research on the topic and who could also be marked by a variety of conceptual approaches, regional foci, and disciplines (Sociology, History, Cultural Studies, Literary Studies, Social Linguistics, International Relations, etc.). We also propose to discuss different methodologies and theoretical approaches to the topic under study.
In more concrete terms, we seek contributions addressing (though not limited to) the following themes:
Country-specific contexts of the formation of the image of Russia; historical events as main determinants of how various ethno-cultural groups perceive Russia in the countries of East and West;
Impact of social status, political views, ethno-cultural identity, age and gender on individual attitudes towards Russia;
Image of Russia as a mirror of cultural/social societal cleavages and ongoing social transformations in the post-Soviet, post-socialist and Western European countries;
Russian linguistic and cultural space in the post-Soviet countries; Russian language beyond Russia between commodification and emotional attachment;
Mass media and public discourse versus personal experience of visiting Russia/living in Russia (past and present), migration experience, personal links and contacts as determinants of attitudes towards Russia;
Role of Russian minorities and diasporic groups;
Attitudes towards Russia through the lens of historical (Soviet) memory: top-down and bottom-up approach. 
We are very pleased to confirm the following keynote speakers:
Vladimir Kolossov (Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences)
Ilkka Liikanen (University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu)
Lara Ryazanova-Clarke (Princess Dashkova Russian Centre, University of Edinburgh)
Maria Yelenevskaya (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa)
Working languages of the conference will be English and Russian.The deadline for Abstracts (in English), not exceeding 300 words, is September the20th, 2017.
Please, send your abstracts as E-mail attachments, together with a short Bio (with a list of latest publications, not more than one page) to Natalya Kosmarskaya and Anastassia Zabrodskaja to the E-mail address:
The selection of papers will occur in September and early October 2017 and notifications will be sent to the prospective participants by October the 10th, 2017.
Funding: Regrettably, the organizers of the conference are unable to cover any travel or accommodation expenses of participants, so we request you to apply to your institution/university funds.


Basic information:
Deadline: 20-09-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: University of Eastern Finland
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: University of Sheffield

Cold-War Home Fronts: Comparative Approaches

Deadline: 21-09-2017
Location: University of Sheffield


“Cold-War Home Fronts: Comparative Approaches”, University of Sheffield, 26-27 January 2018
January 26, 2018 - January 27, 2018

For four decades after the end of the Second World War, competition between the socialist and capitalist blocs shaped international relations on a global scale. For the main protagonists, the USA, USSR, and their near neighbours in Europe, it was a deferred conflict, but also, paradoxically, a ‘total war’ for which citizens must be ever-vigilant. The aim of this conference is to consider the ‘home fronts’ in those countries deeply implicated in the Cold War but removed from the fighting. How did the Cold War transform domestic politics and culture? What were the limits of the Cold War’s domestic reach? And were there common experiences of the Cold War on both sides of the conflict?

In this 2-day conference we hope to address the following themes and questions:

Were cultural and political elites able to create and sustain widespread support for the Cold War conflict?
How was the national community and its enemy ‘other’ imagined?
Did ideological difference shape the way the Cold War was legitimised?
How far were these efforts disrupted by counter-cultural or radical groups?
What was the impact of this ‘imaginary war’ on conceptions of family, childhood, and gender?
How did the nuclear arms proliferation, disarmament and industry affect local communities, the landscape, and the environment?
How did the ‘religious cold war’ affect faith communities at home?
In what ways did the global crusade to export liberal democracy / socialism to the post-colonial world shape identities back home?
How were definitions of citizenship, rights, and duties reconfigured by the cold war?
We particularly welcome papers adopting a comparative approach, but recognize that some potential contributors might prefer to focus on specific national experiences. We will devise panels in such a way as to encourage comparative discussion during each session.

Papers (max 5000 words) will be pre-circulated to participants to facilitate comparative discussion.

We hope to produce a journal special issue based on a small selection of papers depending on the outcomes of the conference.

We will be able to provide accommodation for participants and contribute towards travel funds.

If you are interested, please send abstracts (max 300 words) to Miriam Dobson ( by Thursday 21 September 2017.


Basic information:
Deadline: 21-09-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Miriam Dobson
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: University of Vienna

What Remains of Galicia? Continuities – Ruptures – Perspectives

Deadline: 30-09-2017
Location: Vienna, Austria


Call for Papers for the Conference: 
What Remains of Galicia? Continuities – Ruptures – Perspectives 
Date: April 19 – 21, 2018 
Place: Vienna, Austria 
Organizer: the PhD program “Austrian Galicia and its multicultural heritage” (University of Vienna) in cooperation with the Institute for Human Sciences and its program „Ukraine in European Dialogue“ 
Proposal Deadline: September 30, 2017 
During the last decades the former Austrian crown land of Galicia and Lodomeria has shifted more and more into the public and scientific focus not only in Austria. The PhD program “Austrian Galicia and its multicultural heritage” at the University of Vienna has spent more than a decade examining interdisciplinary scientific questions concerning the interdependent cultures, literatures, languages, religions, economies, ethnic and social groups of the Austrian crown land of Galicia as well as the continued effect of the Galician heritage in Ukraine, Poland, Austria and among the worldwide emigration to the present day. 
From the first partition of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth until the end of World War I in 1918 the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria was one of the crown lands of AustriaHungary. But with the collapse of the Habsburg Monarchy in 1918 that constitutional and administrative entity disappeared from the map of Europe. During the two world wars as well as the system change from socialism to capitalism the territory of historical Galicia was subjected time and again to radical transformations that pervaded all aspects of life of its formerly multicultural society and brought about a profound change in this society itself. One century after the end of Galicia as a territorial entity, this conference aims to explore the question of what remains of the crown land that existed for almost 150 years as well as of its multicultural living environment, what was lost through historical transformation processes and which new perspectives can be taken in research on Galicia. In this context the conference focuses especially on the following aspects: 
After the collapse of the Danube Monarchy the heritage of Galicia continued to have an impact on culture and society. For instance, the idea of Galicia being the cradle of the Ukrainian national movement, the “Ukrainian Piedmont”, has been a recurring thought from the times of the Austrian crown land of Galicia to present times, much as has been the close link between the Greek Catholic Church and Ukrainian nation-building in Galicia. Poland, too, in its claims to Galicia invoked the centuries-long history of Polish culture in the region and hence its “historical rights”. 
In the course of history Galicia was the site of many reform projects and witness to historical as well as social upheavals. On the one hand, these included the domestic reforms of the Habsburgs in the province on the periphery of the empire such as, for example, church reforms or the introduction, on a trial basis, of a new Civil Law Code before it was developed into the Austrian Civil Code that is still valid today in Austria. On the other hand, Galicia was also the scene of revolutions and large-scale reorganisation projects. The territorial reorganisation of Europe after World War I and World War II as well as the post-socialist transformation have also left their mark. 
In a multicultural society multiple perspectives exist reciprocally alongside each other. In individual communities, sometimes diametrically opposed perceptions of cities, landscapes and occurrences arise that increase the already rich cultural heritage of the region even more. But the question of perspectives also directs the focus toward the future: In what ways does the heritage of historical Galicia continue to have an impact up to the present day? What is its influence on the culture and society of today’s Poland and Ukraine? Which future prospects opened up for the territory of historical Galicia at times of historical upheaval? Despite the extensive scholarly discussion of the subject of Galicia, it still offers space for new research perspectives to which the conference wants to devote special attention. 
In accordance with the orientation of the PhD program the conference is to be interdisciplinary. Therefore we are looking forward to contributions from various disciplines dealing with historical Galicia as well as today’s western Ukraine and southern Poland, with the focus on the following aspects: everyday life, gender, kinship, the church as an institution, migration, nation-building, post-socialism, languages, the city as a place of remembrance, transformation processes, the environment, administration/law/state entities, science and scholarship. 
Proposal Abstracts: 250-300 words 
Language: German or English 
File name of the proposals: last name_first name_institution.doc(x) 
Proposals, consisting of an abstract, brief CV and contact details (e-mail address, telephone number, postal address), are to be sent by September 30, 2017, to the following address: 
Conference languages are German and English (without simultaneous translation). Accommodation costs will be covered by the organizer, travel costs will be refunded up to the following amounts: from Europe up to 250 euros, for participants from Israel up to 350 euros, for participants from North and South America and Asia up to 650 euros. Following the conference the publication of the contributions in a conference volume is planned. 
You can find information about the conference also on our website: For more information about the PhD program “Austrian Galicia and its multicultural heritage”:

the PhD program “Austrian Galicia and its multicultural heritage” (University of Vienna) in cooperation with the Institute for Human Sciences and its program „Ukraine in European Dialogue“

Basic information:
Deadline: 30-09-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: PhD program “Austrian Galicia and its multicultura
Project / event type: workshops
Organiser: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Global

Call for Applications: GEOP Interdisciplinary Research Workshops

Deadline: 30-09-2017
Location: Warsaw, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews


POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews invites individuals and institutions to propose three-day research workshops to be held at POLIN Museum on topics related to the history and culture of Polish Jews, including new perspectives on public history, museums, and cultural memory. We especially encourage interdisciplinary and comparative approaches.

 The framework of the event should be that of a research workshop, allowing ample time for discussion and dynamic exchange of ideas between participants. We are particularly interested in research subjects pertaining to Warsaw museums and archive collections (especially that of POLIN Museum and the Jewish Historical Institute).

The workshop should also include one event open to the general public and / or other form of contribution to the Museum’s activity.

GEOP provides funding to cover half of the costs of workshop organization, including accommodation and catering. We also offer venues and organizational support before and during the event.

In order to be considered for funding in 2018, please complete and submit the application form (available here) to no later than 30 September  2017.

Decisions will be announced by 30 November 2017.

For more information, please e-mail GEOP workshops administrators at

This program was made possible thanks to the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland.

Basic information:
Deadline: 30-09-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Joanna Wójcicka-Warda
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen

Socialist educational Cooperation with the Global South

Deadline: 30-09-2017
Location: Giessen, Germany


Socialist educational Cooperation with the Global South
11-12 May 2018
Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen, Germany
Deadline : 30 September 2017
Organizers: Prof. Dr. Ingrid Miethe, Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen,
Dr. Jane Schuch, Institute of Education Studies, Humboldt-University (Berlin/Germany):
During the struggles for independence in the global south, education became an important motor for emancipation. The postcolonial countries put the development of a democratic and de-racialized educational system on the agenda of problems urgently to be solved. In the course of these developments, a large part of the African countries, the countries of Southern and Northern Asia, of the Near and Middle East Countries and Latin America, sought contact with and support by established socialist countries, such as the Soviet Union and the GDR. Cuba initially sought the support of the Soviet Union and the GDR but consequently became one of the main supporting countries itself, mostly for African and Latin American countries.
Societal processes of transformation are always related to a transfiguration of educational systems, tentatively the practices of education, child rearing and educational ideals, which aim at forming people into adequate citizens for the new social system. This is equally applicable for socialist states and the countries of the “Global South.” Furthermore, socialist concepts of equality and equity within the educational system regarding class, race and gender met with great approval in the Global South, even though they were located as european concepts and intended as (pan-)African concepts. This collaboration and the closer incorporation into the socialist faction, which the collaboration often brought with it, were not always intended. Rather, they emerged in times of the Cold War and the continued rivalry of systems. Partly they were also due to the necessity of basic polar decisions. As a result of these voluntary or necessary collaborations, this global educational space experienced a circulation of concepts for teacher training, teaching materials, curricula and methods of instruction. However, these educational drafts and ideals were transformed and reinterpreted. Also, a large number of educational consultants were on site, offering their knowledge and trying to adapt it to local conditions.
Little is known about these connections, networks and exchange relationships and their reciprocal efficacies. This is partly due to the fact that the history of international collaboration between the so-called Eastern Block states has been mostly discussed in the context of “bipolar bloc-confrontation” or, as in the case of the GDR, of “german-german competition of systems” (Aust 2013, pg. 24, also Eckert 2007, pg. 7), so rather from a western perspective. On the other hand a large part of the historiography of global decolonization-processes is yet to be done. Only in recent times has this subject matter been taken up, mostly by the science of history, and discussed under the aspect of interlocking or global history. In this context, also the notion of a socialist globalization was discussed, though a theoretical foundation remains to be developed.
Despite this slow change of perspectives and a slowly developing research on this subject matter, the role of education and the development of educational systems within the context of these multiple exchange relationships remains a peripheral topic. It is only occasionally taken up and by far not covered regarding the complexity and importance of this topic. This is where the planned conference sets in.
We are looking for contributions that deal with topics such as
- case studies on educational collaboration of single socialist countries in and with the Global South
- educational concepts and their modification in the context of educational collaboration
- educational work/educational concepts of liberation movements and their international influences
- theoretical concepts for capturing educational collaboration of socialist countries, transformation and circulation of bodies of knowledge
- socialist theory of education and its modification in countries of the Global South
The deadline for abstract submissions (up to c. 500 words) is September 30, 2017.
Authors will receive email notification of provisional acceptance of their abstracts by November 1, 2017.


Basic information:
Deadline: 30-09-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Jane Dr. Schuch
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Kazerne Dossin Memorial and Museum

Double Exposures: Perpetrators and the Uses of Photography

Deadline: 30-09-2017
Location: Mechelen, Belgium


Conference: Double Exposures: Perpetrators and the Uses of Photography

Kazerne Dossin Memorial and Museum, Mechelen, Belgium, 11–13 January, 2018
In addition to eyewitness accounts and written texts or documents, photography serves as a key medium through which acts of perpetration become known. Photographic images of perpetrators and their acts are produced for different purposes (documentation, evidence, self-promotion, propaganda, etc.) and come to us from different sources (journalists, victims, the perpetrators themselves, documents, archives, government agencies, etc.). But they all contribute to shaping the way that we see and think about perpetrators and perpetration: the historical and cultural imaginary is saturated with images, some of which acquire iconic status. While photographs undeniably play a crucial role in raising awareness about atrocities and other forms of mass violence, their omnipresence can on the one hand feed fascination and voyeurism, and on the other hand lead to decontextualization, desensitization, and trivialization. This means that perpetrator studies must think very carefully and critically about how photography is used, not only in the media but also in academic scholarship, at sites of memory, and in educational practice.

This conference aims to consider the past, present, and future uses of photography of and by perpetrators of mass violence, genocide, and other forms of political violence. We invite contributions from scholars working in the fields of history, sociology, anthropology, political science, literary and cultural studies, media studies, philosophy, law, criminology, religious studies, etc. as well as curators, educators, journalists, and other practitioners whose work intersects with the question of perpetration and the uses of photography. We will explore the questions and problems that arise in the context of photography of/by perpetrators in the media, public discourse, in cultural representations, at sites of memory, as well as in education and academic scholarship.

We invite abstracts for 20-minute presentations on the ethical, cultural, philosophical, political, legal, pedagogical, and aesthetic dimensions with respect to photography of and by perpetrators of mass violence in any historical or geographic context. We also welcome contributions that take a meta-discursive approach, i.e. examine the uses of photography of and by perpetrators within or across disciplines. In general, contributors should seek to combine case studies or specific examples with broader theoretical and methodological questions.

The conference is open to scholars, including PhD students and early career academics, but educators, and curators of museums or sites of memory are also explicitly invited. The conference language will be English.

Please send an abstract (max. 300 words), and a short bio (max. 100 words) to by 30 September 2017.


Christophe Busch (Kazerne Dossin Memorial and Museum, Mechelen)
Stefan Hördler (Mittelbau-Dora Concentration Camp Memorial)
Hans-Christian Jasch (Haus der Wannseekonferenz)
Susanne C. Knittel (Utrecht University)
Uğur Ümit Üngör (NIOD and Utrecht University)

Kazerne Dossin Memorial and Museum, Mechelen; Mittelbau-Dora Concentration Camp Memorial; Haus der Wannseekonferenz; Utrecht University; NIOD

Basic information:
Deadline: 30-09-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Utrecht University
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Institute of Contemporary History of the Universid

Portuguese Prisoners of War in the Twentieth Century

Deadline: 30-09-2017
Location: NOVA FCSH, Lisbon


Organisation: Institute of Contemporary History of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Venue: NOVA FCSH, Lisbon
Dates: 16 and 17 April 2018
Deadline for proposals: 30 September 2017

Throughout the 20th century thousands of military and paramilitary Portuguese were made prisoners in the course of combat operations. Some experienced long months of captivity and had to endure all sorts of hardships: a poor diet, diseases, abuses, forced labour, isolation and abandonment. Many of them perished in prisoner’s camps due to illness, injuries that did not heal, suicide attempts or assassination by their warders. Some never returned to their homelands, either voluntarily of for having been prevented from doing so. Of others yet, we are still ignorant of their whereabouts.

The experience of these military and paramilitary as POW is still insufficiently studied and constitutes a lacuna in Portuguese historiography. Stimulated by the centenary of the Great War (1914-1918), and with the goal of encouraging new probes into this topic, this international conference hopes to be a space of interdisciplinary discussion in which the issues associated to the detention of military and paramilitary Portuguese in the context of armed conflict will be analysed. It is expected that papers will deal not only with conflicts in which the Portuguese armed forces were directly involved, such as the Great War and the wars of empire and decolonization (or even the particular case of Timor between 1941-45), but also those in which Portuguese nationals were engaged in military or paramilitary units of foreign armies (such as the case of he Spanish Civil War of 1936-39).

The organising committee invites researchers to submit their paper proposals considering the following thematic lines (non-exclusive):

- -	The context of detention;
-	The conditions of captivity (discipline, diet, medical assistance, forced labour, episodes of violence and death, relation with captor forces and POWs of other nationalities, etc.);
-	Political and diplomatic contacts related with POWs;
-	Support efforts from civil society organisations and international bodies;
-	Liberation and return to the homeland;
-	Memories of captivity (diaries, art objects, songs, drawings, photographs, etc.).


The Languages of the conference will be Portuguese and English. There will be no simultaneous translation and video-conference/Skype presentations are not permitted.

The paper’s proposal must include: the full name of the author and his/her institutional affiliation; the title of the proposal; the abstract of the proposal (up to 500 words); and a brief curricular note (up to 150 words).

The papers must be original and present new findings. The reserved time for each intervention is 20 minutes.

Shortly after the conference, the organising committee will carry out a selection of a number of papers to include them in a publication. The deadline for the submission of these papers/book chapters (up to 8000 words) will be 1 June 2018. The editing references (notes and bibliography) will be given to authors as soon as they are notified on their contribution to the book.

The paper’s proposals should be submitted to the email until 30 September 2017.

The notice of acceptance will be made until 15 October 2017.

The keynote speakers and the scientific commission will be announced soon.


Conference Fees:

€ 30 – Speakers (includes two light lunches, coffee breaks and a certificate of participation)
€ 10 – Students and general public (includes coffee breaks and certificate of attendance)


Organising Committee:

Ana Paula Pires (IHC – NOVA FCSH and Stanford University)
António Paulo Duarte (IHC – NOVA FCSH and Instituto de Defesa Nacional)
Fátima Mariano (IHC – NOVA FCSH)
Maria José Oliveira (IHC – NOVA FCSH)
Pedro Aires Oliveira (IHC – NOVA FCSH)
Rui Aballe Vieira (IHC – NOVA FCSH)
Teresa Nunes (IHC – NOVA FCSH and FLUL)


Sponsor institution:

Portuguese Commission for the Evocation of the Centenary of the First World War


Basic information:
Deadline: 30-09-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Institute of Contemporary History of the Universid
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