Project / event type: publication
Organiser: Routledge

New Routledge Volume on ‘Diasporic, Migrant and Multicultural Heritage’

Deadline: 22-01-2018
Location: -


mmigrant-receiving nations have grappled with how best to preserve and represent inclusive, diverse societies. Whether labelled ethnic, migrant, multicultural or culturally diverse, these ‘other’ heritages have become more conspicuous and contested in contemporary heritage discourse. Some communities have attempted to involve local groups in the identification, assessment and management of heritage, according to international, state and national conventions and charters that emphasise collaboration and community engagement. Nonetheless, these aspirations have not always been successfully integrated into heritage management, nor have they boosted the involvement of community groups in building and promoting their own heritage.

Political contexts frame these developments. In recent decades, both right-wing and mainstream politicians in Western Europe and the UK have denounced official multiculturalism and proclaimed it a failure, and a new agenda of integration and social inclusion frames government approaches to cultural diversity. Concurrently, in contemporary liberal-democratic nations with a history of invasion and dispossession, we have witnessed heightened tensions in response to ‘minority’ claims to heritage, as well as increasingly nationalist and parochial discourses around migration and globalisation in countries most affected by financial distress and the so-called refugee crisis. The challenges posed by human mobility are a pressing political issue in the present, but these debates also provide an opportunity to make space for discussions about migratory pasts and the ways in which they are actively remembered (or forgotten) through heritage practices within and across communities, states and nations.

Building on Naidoo and Littler’s (2004) call for scholars to interrogate how cultural diversity and social exclusion are acted out in modern heritage culture, we wish to ask: in whose interest is cultural diversity promoted or rejected, and to shore up which networks or nodal points of power? How might we apply these questions—and questions around participation and collaboration—to the current heritage landscape across the world? What is the state of migrant, diasporic or multicultural heritage today, and how might we critically analyse these processes as scholars of heritage?

While we are open to a wide range of approaches and topics, scholars may wish to consider the following:

Heritage across national borders (re: Byrne’s (2016) migrant heritage corridors). Interrogating and moving beyond the national boundaries of heritage and the national historiography of immigration
Identification, assessment and management of places and objects of significance to diasporic communities
Partnerships and collaboration between community groups and heritage organisations.
For example, community-initiated projects and community agency, participatory action research, and partnership (collaborative) projects
‘Architecture of memory’ and the ‘landscapes of experience’ approaches to migrant heritage
Terminology and definitions: what makes something migrant heritage? Diasporic? Multicultural? Why does language matter?
Associations with leaving, host and home land, with a migration process
Transformed culture in connected places – de/re-territorialisation
Political spheres of influence
Sharing heritage across the local and national – for whom?
Immigration and emotions in heritage
Representing culture and difference
Intersectionality, women and migrant heritage
Intangible heritage in diasporic contexts
Effects of, for example: Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention, World Heritage Convention, and ICOMOS charters; state and national policy, laws, practices; and models for working with community groups.
Immigrant/diasporic heritage and political protest / community activism
The diasporic family and its representations / family memories of migration and their public presence


Basic information:
Deadline: 18-01-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Dr Alexandra Dellios
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Leibniz-Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschun

Social Policy in East and Southeast Europe in Past and Present. IOS Annual Conference

Deadline: 19-01-2018
Location: Regensburg


Social Policy in East and Southeast Europe in Past and Present. IOS Annual Conference

21.06.2018 - 23.06.2018

The concept of social welfare is one of the defining features of modernity in East and Southeast Europe. From the blueprint independent welfare systems established by the nationalising post-imperial states, over the supposedly distinctive social security and redistribution systems under communism to the challenging and economically burdensome post-communist transition, social welfare has come to encompass defining components of state-society relations and human involvement therein. Traditional income maintenance, family and pension policy, as well as health care, education and housing programmes all affect societal dynamics in fundamental ways.

This conference will explore two particular issues in this broader field. First, it will study social policies in relation to demographic dynamics and address social policy as a response to and at the same time attempt to manage demographic challenges. How do social policies in East and Southeast Europe respond to and manage challenges related to age structure, natality and migration?

A second topic of concern are the patterns of social exclusion and inclusion that underlie social policies. To what extent does the redistribution of income through social policy address or generate social inequalities and what are its social and political repercussions? How does social policy interact with gender and ethnicity?

The conferences welcomes presentations that address one or both of the issues above, with particular focus on the following domains:
- Family policy; 
- Pension policy;
- Income maintenance programmes; 
- Poverty reduction;
- Redistribution policies in housing, education and health care policies;
- Political, institutional and ideological continuities and transformations;

The conference aims to facilitate a multi-disciplinary dialogue between scholars from history, economics, and related fields of the humanities and social sciences. The conference seeks to complement contemporary social policy studies with historical research concentrating on the period from the 19th century to the present. The geographic focus lies on East and Southeast Europe.

Keynote speakers: 
Malgorzata Fidelis (Department of History, University of Illinois, Chicago)
Pieter Vanhuysse (Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark, Odense)

Important dates:
January 19, 2018 - Deadline for application submissions
February 23, 2018 - Notification of acceptance
June 7, 2018 - Deadline for full paper submissions (to be disseminated to the discussants)

Applications should be sent to (in Word or PDF format) and include:
- an abstract (max. 300 words) 
- a one-page CV including institutional affiliation and contact details.

The conference language is English. IOS Regensburg will cover travel (up to 500 EUR) and accommodation costs of presenters.

Conveners: Alzbeta Mangarella, Ekaterina Skoglund, Pieter Troch.


Basic information:
Deadline: 19-01-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Pieter Troch
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: German Studies Association

War, the Body, and Communities

Deadline: 19-01-2018
Location: Pittsburgh, PA, USA


War, the Body, and Communities
Pittsburgh, PA
27.09.2018 - 30.09.2018

War experiences and legacies affect individual bodies and broader communities. War violates and traumatizes bodies as it simultaneously destroys and builds communities. War contributes different narratives about the body and communities in relation to conflict and violence. Our panel series explores themes that includes the forming and disciplining of bodies for war, the disfiguration of bodies during war, “disembodied” contemporary warfare, and the disappearances of the body during war. The body can carry the actual scars of violence and become a metaphor for the terrain of pain. The body can be a weapon as well as a victim of war; it can execute, document, archive, aesthetize, and politicize war. Wartime communities can develop from the idea of a shared “bodily” wartime experience. Communities represent a dynamic entity constructed by common encounters, attitudes, and emotions and can include victims, mourners, widows, protesters, veterans, survivors, perpetrators; and their respective representations, experiences, and negotiations with their own (or other) bodies. Papers could explore how war can build and undermine “war communities” and how aesthetic and historical works about war can shape a sense of community. Proposals can address the topic in the time span from the Medieval Ages to today.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Militarizing bodies and shaping collectives
War wounds and victims, broken bodies, refugees
The image of the war hero and its role in nation building
War, fashion and uniforms, rationing and consumption 
Sensing war, War and ecstasy 
Literary works on war, body, and communities 
Search for bodies and missing communities
Gender and the body and gendering (war) communities
Visual renderings and experience-making – enactments, films, monuments, memorials

We invite proposals that address research associated with the body and/or community within the German context. Such fields as History, Literary and Media Studies, Art and Cultural History, Visual, Film and Museum Studies, Musicology, Gender Studies and other disciplines.

Please note two important GSA rules: All panel participants including the commentator and moderator must be registered GSA members by February 10, 2017. No individual at the GSA Conference may give more than one paper/participate in a seminar or participate in more than two separate capacities.

Please send abstracts, brief c.v., and AV requests, if applicable, by Jan. 19, 2018 to both network coordinators Katherine Aaslestad ( and Kathrin Maurer ( who will review paper proposals. All applicants will be informed by late January. This allows proposals which cannot be included in the network panels to be submitted directly to the GSA by the overall deadline of February, 15 2018.


Basic information:
Deadline: 19-01-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Katherine Aaslestad
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: GSA Memory Studies Network

Memory & Democracy

Deadline: 20-01-2018
Location: Pittsburgh, PA, US


GSA Memory Studies Network Call for Submissions for the 42nd GSA Conference 
(in Pittsburgh, PA, September 27-30, 2018)

The Memory Studies Network welcomes submissions of papers, roundtables and especially full panels that focus on issues of memory and commemoration as they relate to questions of democracy, populism, and social movements in Germany.

In particular (but not exclusively), we are interested in papers and panels that address the following themes:

-The role of memory and affect in German democracy 
-Memories of democratic action as a resource for citizenship
-The democratization of memories, museums, and archives 
-The role of memory in German social movements (in transnational and comparative perspectives)
-Regional/generational differences within Germany’s memory regime and their impact on political ideals and affiliations

Paper proposals should include author name(s), affiliation(s), paper title, and an abstract (200 words max).

Panel proposals should include a panel title and abstract (200 words max), as well as panelists’ names, affiliations, paper titles, and abstracts (200 words max). Please include the names and affiliations of a panel chair and discussant. (If you are short of a chair or discussant, please still submit your panel proposal. In that case, we will ask someone in the memory network community to serve as chair/discussant. Please also indicate if you yourself would be willing to take on the additional role of chair/discussant in another panel.)

Please put your submission (abstract + author information or whole panel proposal) in one document, and submit no later than January 20th, 2018 to and


Basic information:
Deadline: 20-01-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: German Studies Association
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam

Extended Deadline: The Afterlives of National Socialist Film

Deadline: 20-01-2018
Location: Potsdam


(For English version, please see below)
Die Frage, wie mit dem kulturellen Erbe des Nationalsozialismus umgegangen werden soll, bietet immer wieder Anlass für kontroverse Diskussionen. Zuletzt sind die historisch-kritische Ausgabe von Hitlers „Mein Kampf“ und die Frage, ob man NS-Bauten wie Das „Haus der Kunst“ in München und das Reichsparteitagsgelände in Nürnberg aufwendig renovieren solle, mit ganz unterschiedlichen Positionen diskutiert worden. Solche aktuellen Debatten um einen „angemessenen“ Umgang mit historischer NS-Architektur, Kunst, Literatur, den überlieferten Filmen oder auch individuellen personellen Verstrickungen sind gewiss notwendig. Die dabei üblichen Muster von Erregung und Skandalisierung in Bezug auf aktuelle Normen verstellen jedoch nicht selten eher den Blick darauf, dass der Umgang mit diesem schwierigen Erbe selbst längst eine lange Geschichte hat – und dies auch jenseits bekannter Skandale. Im Gegensatz zu anderen Feldern ist diese Geschichte für das Nachleben des deutschen Films der Jahre 1933 bis 1945 bisher nur teilweise bekannt. Wie ist dieses Thema im Laufe der Jahrzehnte diskutiert worden? Wie haben sich zeitgenössische Kontexte wie beispielsweise die deutsche Teilung darauf ausgewirkt, und welche moralischen Kategorien und Maßstäbe waren dabei von Bedeutung? Der geplante Workshop soll primär einer Bestandsaufnahme bisheriger Forschungsergebnisse und der Diskussion zukünftiger Perspektiven dienen.
„NS-Film“ soll dabei in einem breiten Sinne verstanden werden und neben dem Umgang mit den zwischen 1933 und dem Ende des „Dritten Reichs“ entstandenen Filmen selbst auch die Filmbranche insgesamt umfassen. Dies schließt die institutionelle Dimension mit ein, also die Abwicklung und Transformation der Filmproduktion und –distribution, darunter etwa die UFA-Entflechtung und die Versuche von deutscher Seite, diese zu umgehen, sowie die Gründung der Murnau-Stiftung 1966, in deren Filmstock der größte Teil der NS-Filmproduktion einging. Deren Praxis, rund 40 NS-Spielfilme als sogenannte „Vorbehaltsfilme“ bis heute vom Vertrieb auszunehmen, führt immer wieder zu Diskussionen. Zwar sind Teile – etwa der UFA-Geschichte – durchaus erforscht, jedoch fehlt bisher eine Zusammenschau der komplexen Interaktion unterschiedlicher alliierter und deutscher Institutionen, die sich dem NS-Filmerbe widmeten. Unklar ist bisher auch, welche Rolle Organisationen wie die Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle (FSK) oder das Bundesinnenministerium bei der Entstehung und Verwaltung der sogenannten Verbotsliste gespielt haben. 
Neben der institutionellen ist die personelle Dimension von Interesse. Jenseits einiger prominenter Fälle wie Veit Harlan, Heinz Rühmann, Hildegard Knef etc. ist über die Brüche und Kontinuitäten von Karriereverläufen oft noch relativ wenig bekannt. Während dies für die Gruppe der Regisseure noch am wenigsten gilt, liegen speziell zur Entnazifizierung von Schauspielern bisher keine systematischen Untersuchungen vor; jedoch sticht ins Auge, dass gerade Schauspieler ihre Karrieren nach 1945 offenbar selbst dann häufig relativ bruchlos fortsetzen konnten, wenn sie schon während der NS-Zeit zur Prominenz zählten oder auf Goebbels sogenannter „Gottbegnadeten-Liste“ standen. Zu untersuchen sind in diesem Kontext aber auch die bisher nur punktuell bekannten weiteren Karrieren von Kameraleuten, Technikern und Produzenten sowie die wirtschaftlichen Nachkriegsaktivitäten ehemaliger Filmgrößen wie beispielsweise Luis Trenker und Leni Riefenstahl. 
Der Umgang mit den Filmen selbst schließlich fand in einem schwierigen Terrain statt, in dem ökonomische Interessen auf politische und moralische Abwägungen stießen. Dies machen die anhaltenden Auseinandersetzungen um die Verbotsliste ebenso deutlich wie die ausufernden zivilrechtlichen Streitigkeiten insbesondere um Verwertungsrechte und Gagen. Selbst im Falle harter Propaganda-Streifen wie JUD SÜß oder DIE ROTHSCHILDS wurde nach dem Krieg zunächst noch hartnäckig versucht, diese international zu vermarkten. Um die öffentliche Freigabe von NS-Filmen wurde nicht selten erbittert gestritten, im Falle von KOLLBERG kam es sogar zu einem durch Begleitforschung evaluierten Versuchsprojekt. Insgesamt lässt sich hier die zunehmende Sensibilisierung der Öffentlichkeit ebenso beobachten, wie veränderte Vorstellungen (linearer) Medienwirkungen. 
Großes Interesse besteht an Einreichungen, die das Thema aus erinnerungskultureller Perspektive behandeln und den Gegenstand in Beziehung zum weiteren Kontext des Umgangs mit der NS-Vergangenheit in beiden Teilen Deutschlands setzen. Dabei können neben empirischen auch konzeptionelle Ansätze eingereicht werden. Vorschläge in Form eines Exposés (max. 2 Seiten) sowie eine kurze Skizze zur Biografie (max. 1.500 Zeichen, max. drei Publikationen) in deutscher oder englischer Sprache senden Sie bitte bis zum 20. Januar 2018 an Christoph Classen und Bill Niven (; ). Kosten für die An- und Abreise (Europa) sowie für die Unterkunft werden übernommen.

The Afterlives of National Socialist Film
The issue of how best to deal with the cultural heritage of National Socialism constantly gives rise to controversy. Only recently, the historical-critical edition of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" and the question of whether to renovate Nazi buildings such as the "Haus der Kunst" in Munich and the Reich Party Rally grounds in Nuremberg were the subject of intense debate.
Such discussions about the "appropriate" handling of historical Nazi architecture, art, literature, and films, as well as about the involvement of specific individuals in Nazism are certainly necessary. However, the tone of indignation and sense of scandal which often accompany these discussions tend to obscure the fact that dealing with this difficult legacy itself has a long history. In contrast to other areas of scholarly investigation, however, little is known about the postwar reception of German film under National Socialism.
How has this topic been addressed over the decades since 1945? How did contemporary contexts, such as the division of Germany and the political self-understanding of the two German states, influence the handling of Nazi-period films (e.g. bans, censorship, decisions to release films for public viewing etc.)? Which moral categories were important here? The planned workshop is primarily intended to provide an overview of existing research results and a platform for the discussion of further research and research projects.
"National Socialist film" is to be understood in a broad sense. In addition to exploring the postwar handling of films produced between 1933 and the end of the "Third Reich", the workshop will look at responses to the Nazi film industry as a whole. This encompasses the institutional dimension such as the decartelization and transformation of the state-owned film industry (Ufi), and German attempts to circumvent this. Another focus in the workshop will be on the founding of the Murnau Foundation in 1966, whose film stock comprises most of the films made in the Third Reich. The Foundation’s practice of excluding about 40 Nazi films labelled as “reserve films” (“Vorbehaltsfilme”) from general public release is the subject of frequent debate. While some aspects of the “Ufa Story” have been thoroughly researched, what is still missing is a comprehensive analysis of the complex interaction between the various Allied and German institutions responsible for dealing with the legacy of National Socialist films. We need to know more about the role played by such organisations as the Voluntary Self-Regulation of the Film Industry (FSK) or the Federal Ministry of the Interior in the creation and administration of the so-called prohibition list.
In addition to the institutional level, the personal dimension is something we would like to discuss in the workshop. Apart from some prominent cases such as Veit Harlan, Heinz Rühmann, Hildegard Knef, etc., we know little about the breaks and continuities in the careers of actors and particularly directors who featured in and made Third Reich films. To date, there has been no systematic investigation of the denazification of actors or directors (with the exception of Harlan and Riefenstahl). This is surprising, given that many actors who starred in films made during the Nazi era, or who were on Goebbels' so-called "List of the Divinely Gifted" were able to continue their careers seemingly unhindered after 1945. In this context, further investigation is needed into the postwar careers of Third Reich cameramen, film technicians and producers, as well as into the economic postwar activities of movie stars and directors such as e.g. Luis Trenker and Leni Riefenstahl.
Finally, of course, we are interested in the way both Germanies dealt with the films produced during the Third Reich. Reception of these films was strongly shaped by a mixture of political, economic, ethical and pedagogical concerns. This is illustrated by the ongoing arguments over the list of prohibited films, as well as by the often protracted and complicated civil law disputes, especially over questions relating to film rights and fees. Even in the case of notorious propaganda films such as JUD SÜSS or DIE ROTHSCHILDS, after the war there were repeated attempts to sell them to international markets in the 1950s and 1960s. Efforts to secure the general release of National Socialist films were sometimes accompanied by bitter disputes. In the case of KOLBERG, public showings were organised within the framework of an experimental research project which evaluated public responses. Over time, there is evidence that, not least thanks to a pedagogically sensitive approach to the topic, the general public became aware of the problematic legacy of Third Reich films. Nevertheless, to this day, Third Reich films which arguably transport values associated with the 1933-1945 period are shown on German television or are available for viewing on the internet or DVD without critical commentary.
We particularly welcome papers which approach the topic of the workshop from the perspective of memory culture and theory, and/or consider it in relation to the wider context of dealing with the Nazi past in both parts of Germany. We invited both empirical and conceptual approaches. Please send proposals in the form of an abstract (max. 1 page) as well as a short author’s biography (max. 1,500 characters, citing three publications) in German or English language to both Christoph Classen ( and Bill Niven ( by 20. January 2018. Travel and accommodation costs from Europe will be covered.


Basic information:
Deadline: 20-01-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Christoph Classen
Deadline: 28-01-2018
Location: Linz/Upper Austria


Workplace Democracy Revisited: Labour and Practices of Participation, Workers’ Control and Self-Management in Global Perspective

54th ITH Conference

Linz/Upper Austria
6-8 September 2018

The attempts to extend democracy from the political sphere to labour relations and the broader economy (Self-Government in Industry, as G.D.H. Cole wrote in 1917) keep resurfacing in various forms and under different names throughout the existence of both modern industry and agriculture. Producer cooperatives have been an alternative form of enterprise organization in capitalist economies at least since the 19th century. Very different schools of thought supporting workers’ “associationism” – socialist, anarchist, Christian – have seen worker-run enterprises as the basis of a more egalitarian society. Communist revolutionaries envisioned workers’ councils as the building block of post-capitalist political and social structures ever since soviets came to prominence in the 1905 and 1917 revolutions in Russia, but also a range of revolutionary stirrings in the aftermath of World War I (Germany and Austria 1918-19, Hungary 1919, Italy 1920, etc.). After the failed attempts of revolutionary change in Europe, the German, Austrian and Czechoslovakian states introduced new legislations enabling workers’ participation and representation on the enterprise level to various degrees.

During the Cold War countries, such as Israel, Algeria, Peru and, most prominently, Yugoslavia, attempted to carve out a third way model of development by implementing workers’ self-management structures in their economies. Many postcolonial state building projects in Africa and beyond fused the idea of workplace democracy with local communal traditions. Workers’ self-management also served as an inspiration to dissidents in Eastern Europe (Hungary, Poland), while closely related terms such as autogestion and even operaismo became leitmotifs within the 1968 movement in Southern Europe as a vision of a more democratic socialism. Numerous welfare state models in the European countries, ascribed to the political “West”, developed partly far-reaching legal bases for workers’ participation, often relying on the concepts introduced by the legislative reforms immediately after World War I.

In the 1980s, the self-management ideals of liberation in the most developed capitalist societies and in factories worldwide often metamorphosed into management tools within the framework of neoliberal politics. While many activists in (state-)socialist Eastern Europe envisioned workplace democracy as an opportunity to introduce economic democracy from below, notions of workplace autonomy were also used by the pro-market reformists inside the communist parties to decrease guaranteed workers’ rights. During the 1990s, when it seemed that the ideas of workers’ engagement in economic decisionmaking lost validity, a movement of factory occupations emerged in Argentina and other countries in Latin America, provoking a new wave of interest and debates about the perspectives of workplace democracy in the 21st century.

State of the Art and Research Gaps

As this short historical outline shows, initiatives for democratization of labour relations were carried by vastly disparate social actors under diverse types of labour regimes and political rule in many different parts of the globe. Not surprisingly, a substantial research literature on these phenomena has developed. Yet, studies of workers’ activation tend to have a narrow focus when it comes to the socio-economic complexity and the geographical scope of workplace democracy. Firstly, the topic has traditionally attracted left-leaning social scientists and heterodox economists inclined to look at the political organizing of the working class and economic performance of the enterprises respectively, thus overlooking labour relations and the inner workings of workplace democracy. Secondly, the studies were habitually framed in the context of individual nation states with the most illustrious historical projects claiming workers’ emancipation attracting the greatest attention.

The attempts to produce overviews on the history of workers’ participation, control and selfmanagement practices in different countries usually amounted to collections of individual case studies with moderate comparison, disregarding mutual influence, transnational exchange and transfers.

Conference Goals

In order to contribute to closing some of these gaps, the 2018 ITH Conference poses the following two strategic goals (with some potential topics listed below):

1.) To unpack and categorise the often interchanging terms and conceptualizations of workplace democracy such as self-management, control, participation, co-determination and autogestion (in different languages) by tracing their evolution globally and relating them to particular geographic locations, cultural contexts and historical conjunctures:

 Classifying various examples of workplace organization without conventional management. We want to approach the debates about terms and concepts not only from a theoretical point of view, but as a theme of historical enquiry through concrete case studies. The categorisations should account for the aspirations of the involved actors (autonomous coalitions, trade unions, employers/management, and the state), aiming to realize their interests within the existing order, going beyond the given boundaries or various in-between solutions.

 The circulation of ideas about economic democracy across the borders of nation states. Did individual enterprises, labour movements or states that adopted workplace democratization as an official part of their policies make conscious efforts to promote their models internationally and what impact did they make?

 Experiences of workplace democracy in the periphery. What were the peculiar challenges that advocates of workplace democracy in the Global South, yet also in economically underdeveloped societies and regions of the Global North, and in the state socialist countries had to face? Factors to be kept in mind include the peculiar features of the working class, the lack of technical expertise for the daily running of the production process and the widespread informal economy.

 The inclusion and categorization of experiments to democratize and control the organization of agricultural work, service sector as well as the less known instances of workers’ involvement in the industry, regardless of whether they portrayed themselves as revolutionary or not, such as the instances of cooperativsm linked to traditional communal forms of economic organization in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

 The prominence of workplace democracy as a topic inside the transnational institutions and initiatives, such as the United Nations, ILO, socialist internationalisms, Non-Aligned Movement, etc.

2.) To examine workplace democracy beyond the political history of workers’ movements or business history of alternative management models by investigating the actual practices of workers’ involvement, decision-making and work conditions in concrete cases:

 The altered ways in which workers conceived of themselves, their enterprise and  communities after the introduction of some form of workplace democracy. Was there an increased identification with the work collective, improved work efforts, appearance of voluntary labour, broadening of concerns for social or political issues, or different forms of inequalities within the enterprise?

 The main challenges associated with the collective participation in workplaces: mock involvement, contested decision-making processes, inefficiency, lack of accountability, parochialism, bureaucratization, clientelism, emergence of unofficial leaderships, etc.

 The new concepts and definitions of economic performance and individual work efforts: What were some of the ways in which workers’ ran enterprises, defined ownership rights, measured and distributed net income, wages, social service funds, etc.?

 The relations between individual self-managed collectives and the broader economy and society: What were the models and difficulties of expanding democratic economic decision-making beyond individual enterprises, and connecting economic democracy to political institutions and everyday tasks in the surrounding communities? What effect does the market have on workplace democracy?


Proposed papers should include:
 abstract (max. 300 words)
 biographical note (max. 200 words)
 full address und e-mail address

The abstract of the suggested paper should contain a separate paragraph explaining how and (if applicable) to which element(s) or question(s) of the Call for Papers the submitted paper refers.
The short CV should give information on the applicant’s contributions to the field of labour history, broadly defined, and specify (if applicable) relevant publications. For the purpose of information, applicants are invited to attach a copy of one of these publications to their application.
Proposals to be sent to Lukas Neissl:


Submission of proposals: by 28 January 2018
Notification of acceptance: 9 March 2018
Full papers or presentation versions: by 5 August 2018


Dario Azzellini, ILR School, Cornell University, Ithaca
Frank Georgi, Centre d’Histoire Sociale du XXème Siècle/Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Goran Musić, Central European University, Budapest
Lukas Neissl, ITH, Vienna
Brigitte Pellar, Vienna
Anne Sudrow, Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam
Marcel van der Linden, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam
Susan Zimmermann, ITH, Vienna


The ITH is one of the worldwide most important forums of the history of labour and social movements. The ITH favours research pursuing inclusive and global perspectives and open-ended comparative thinking. Following its tradition of cooperating with organisations of the labour movement, the ITH likewise puts emphasis on the conveyance of research outside the academic research community itself. Currently ca. 100 member institutions and a growing number of individual members from five continents are associated with the ITH.


Basic information:
Deadline: 28-01-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Lukas Neissl
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Institute of History of the Czech Academy of Scien

Czechoslovakia in Transformations of 20th Century Europe

Deadline: 30-01-2018
Location: Prague


Czechoslovakia in Transformations of 20th Century Europe
25.09.2018 - 27.09.2018

The centenary of establishment of the Czechoslovak State gives us an opportunity to reflect on its existence and make a certain historical evaluation. What was the significance of this state for its state-forming nations and ethnic groups that lived in it? What was its significance for Europe and the world at the time of its existence between 1918 and 1992? We should also ask questions concerning the sources and strengths from which this state drew its resolution to become an equal partner to all other national formations in Europe and the world, which were hundreds of years older, and which of its values we adhere to and preserve.

These are the basic issues addressed by the international scientific conference, which seeks to examine these points in all spheres of life of the Czechoslovak society, i.e. the foreign political, domestic political, economic, social or cultural aspects. The basic principle of the approach is comparison of Czechoslovak development with other comparable countries of the region (especially the neighbouring countries – Poland, Hungary, Austria, etc.) and interaction with key stages of European history. The six sections (foreign political, domestic political, economical, state-national, social and cultural) should include contributions of a synthetic nature on these issues, capturing the continuities and discontinuities of the Czechoslovak development.

Official languages: Czech, Slovak and English (simultaneous translations)

The organizers reserve the right to choose the papers.

The conference will result in a reviewed collective monograph. The papers must be submitted no later than the date of the conference.

Travel and accommodation costs of foreign speakers are paid by the organisers.

The Institute of History of the Czech Academy of Sciences Prague; The Institute of History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences Bratislava

Basic information:
Deadline: 30-01-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Jan Němeček
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: University of York

Remembering Across the Iron Curtain: The Emergence of Holocaust Memory in the Cold War Era

Deadline: 30-01-2018
Location: York


Remembering Across the Iron Curtain: The Emergence of Holocaust Memory in the Cold War Era

03.09.2018 - 04.09.2018

The Cold War influenced how people, societies and states dealt with and understood the Holocaust and its aftereffects. Yet historiography tends to neglect the role the block confrontation played in shaping scholarship, trials, and memory in Western Europe, the US and Israel. At the same time ideological and political manipulations of collective memory are highlighted and at times overestimated in treatments of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Rarely can we see discussions of Holocaust memory that look at both East and West. Foregrounding the essential role of the Cold War, this international workshop asks how it affected research, legal proceedings and collective and individual memories. 
Recently, historians have challenged the assumption that research on the Holocaust begun only with the Eichmann trial in 1961, and have highlighted the role mostly Jewish scholars and lay people played in documenting the murder of European Jews immediately after the liberation, or even before. This new perspective has made historians reconsider Eastern European Holocaust Memory, showing how people acting outside the state’s framework succeeded in making room for at least limited discussions of the Holocaust. Such new research has challenged the assumption that here memory was either completely silenced or entirely politically manipulated. 
At the same time a closer look at Western Europe, the United States and Israel shows how, there also, political ideologies shaped narratives and understandings of the Holocaust. From the 1950s onwards, and especially in the years during and following the Eichmann trial, Holocaust memory also frequently became an object or terrain of political fights within the bipolar confrontation. 
Breaking with narrow, national frameworks this workshop aims to find new ways to understand Holocaust commemoration and memory. We are interested in examining how different, and at times contradictory, narratives of the past shaped one another, how marginalized voices aimed to influence public understandings of the past, and how state and non-state actors negotiated cultural representations of the Holocaust. We are looking for comparative and transnational understandings that go beyond Cold War divisions. Bringing together scholars who work on different regions, and especially enabling conversations between scholars of Eastern and Western Europe, opens opportunities for new perspectives on Holocaust Memory as well as the cultural history of the Cold War.

We welcome papers that address the overarching theme of Holocaust Memory in the Cold War Era from a variety of disciplinary perspectives such as history, literary studies, art history, politics, memory studies and sociology, and especially contributions investigating research questions such as:
How did the Cold War influence interpretations of the Holocaust? 
What role did ideological frameworks and concepts such as totalitarianism, antifascism or genocide play?

How did non-state researchers and their institutes negotiate and situate themselves within the Cold War frame? Did transnational networks develop beyond Cold War boundaries, and what role did Jewish actors and institutions play in such cooperations?

How were individual memories influenced by larger narratives? How did they differ from, respond to and resist or challenge public representations of the Holocaust?
Please send an abstract of about 300-400 words and a brief biography to Anna Koch and Stephan Stach by January 30. 
Limited funding will be available for some scholars.

Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past, University of York and Institute of Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague.

Basic information:
Deadline: 30-01-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Anna Koch
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Research Network “Memoria y Narración”

Memories in motion: transnational and migratory perspectives in memory processes

Deadline: 31-01-2018
Location: Stockholm, Schweden


International Congress: Memories in motion: transnational and migratory perspectives in memory processes

Date: 4-5 June, 2018
Location: Romanska och klassiska institutionen- Stockholm University 

The Network

The International Network “Memoria y Narración” consists of an international and interdisciplinary group of researchers and was founded in November 2014 at the University of Aarhus. The network is composed of researchers from more than 35 European and American universities. It is coordinated by Juan Carlos Cruz Suárez (formerly Aarhus University, now University of Stockholm), Claudia Jünke (University of Innsbruck) and José María Izquierdo (University of Oslo). The Network originates in the research project “The Novelized Memory” directed by Hans Lauge Hansen (Aarhus University).

The Network “Memoria y Narración” is focused on memory processes, particularly on the memory of past violence and violations of human rights, in Spain and Latin America, as the Spanish-speaking countries suffered various oppressive dictatorships during the twentieth century. This is due to a number of widely studied political circumstances and, in some way, a characterizing feature of the way in which these countries underwent processes of modernization, democratization and economic development. As the 2018 conference will be hosted by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures of the University of Stockholm – an institution where Spanish is studied together with Portuguese, Italian and French – we wish to establish, on this occasion, a dialogue with memory discourses and memory studies related to other Romance languages and cultural contexts.

The 2018 Conference

The aim of the 2018 congress at the University of Stockholm is to explore the ways in which contemporary cultures face their violent pasts through the production of all types of cultural products. Memory plays a fundamental role in this regard, since its high degree of reflexivity leads to the encounter with the past and provides interpretations of events that can facilitate processes of recognition, justice or reconciliation. Moreover, we also invite analysis and reflections on migratory processes in the configuration of local memories, especially in countries with a high degree of immigration.

We want to gather researchers in order to debate new methodologies, theories and possible ways to interpret, analyze and criticize cultural memory works in literature and the arts from a comparative point of view across different languages and disciplines. In confronting the violent past and the cultural product itself, we may observe how cultural identities could potentially be re-configured and expressed in the present. This fact allows a glimpse into each analyzed socio-cultural context in order to highlight the differences between each memory process and, at the same time, the concordances between the different societies studied. The conference aims at investigating the relationship, interdependence, similarities and differences of processes of remembrance in different cultures and how these are portrayed in literary and artistic expressions.

The congress will take place at the University of Stockholm on the 4th and 5th of June 2018. There will be two sessions on each day (morning and afternoon). During the first day, there will be lectures in English given by the keynote speakers. In the morning session of the second day, the participants will present their papers in parallel panels. Each panel consists of 6 presentations and their corresponding discussions. The language of each panel will correspond to the respective area of study, that is, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian.

Keynote speakers

Prof. Walther Bernecker, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Prof. Astrid Erll, University of Frankfurt am Main 
Prof. Natan Sznaider, University of Tel Aviv

Submission of abstracts

The congress invites abstracts from junior and senior academics in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. Submissions exploring any topic related to the study of memory and narration are welcome; however, submissions on the following themes are particularly encouraged:

transnational memories in comparative perspectives
global memory flows
post-memories and narration
memories in motion across disciplinary boundaries
memories and migratory processes
configuration of local memories in migration
memory and processes of recognition, justice or reconciliation
travelling memories across frontiers and languages
memories as travelling testimonies
collective and individual memories of migrant groups
Each presentation should last a maximum of 20 min. since there will be a question time after the presentations. Each submission must include: an abstract of no more than 250 words, 4 keywords, the speaker’s full name including title, position, contact details and institutional affiliation, as well as a short biography of about 150 words. Please note that the deadline for submissions is the 31st of January 2018. Submissions will not be accepted after the deadline. Multiple submissions will not be accepted. Abstracts should be sent to one of the following addresses: (Juan Carlos Cruz Suárez) or (Azucena Castro). Applicants will be notified via e-mail by the 1st of March. There will be no conference fee. In the e-mail confirming the acceptance of the abstracts we will send further information about accommodation in Stockholm and transport possibilities.

Further questions about the congress can be addressed to Azucena Castro (

Conference venue

Romanska och Klassiska Institutionen, 
Stockholm University
Frescati campus, Universitetsvägen 10 B-C, plan 4 and 5 
Stockholm, Sweden

Conference languages

English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian

Organizing committee

Prof. Ken Benson, University of Stockholm 
Azucena Castro, PhD candidate, University of Stockholm 
Prof. Juan Carlos Cruz Suárez, University of Stockholm
Prof. José María Izquierdo, University of Oslo 
Prof. Claudia Jünke, University of Innsbruck


Basic information:
Deadline: 31-01-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Azucena Castro
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Science and Research Centre of the University of P

Laboratory of Yugoslav Political Innovation: The Origins, Synthesis and International Influences of Self-Management Socialism

Deadline: 31-01-2018
Location: Koper, Slovenia


Laboratory of Yugoslav Political Innovation: The Origins, Synthesis and International Influences of Self-Management Socialism

Koper, Slovenia
10-11 May 2018
Deadline: 31 January 2018

After the split with the Cominform in 1948, the Yugoslav system confronted different agents and traditions of European leftist thought: on the one side, it was seen by Western left-wing circles as a laboratory of socialist innovation, while on the other, for East European politicians and intellectuals, it posed as a model of resistance toward Soviet hegemony. For that reason, we can observe an interesting, but until now scarcely researched and discussed, transnational political experiment that, as an attempt to organise society from the bottom up, attracted a lot of attention globally: from representatives of socialist and social-democrat parties adhering to the Third International, progressive movements, experts in different areas of social organisation, as well as supporters of the New Left. Following the process of Yugoslav political innovation from a transnational perspective offers a unique opportunity to observe a conceptual and political interaction which went beyond the strict division between East and West and became an intriguing combination of liberal democracy and Marxism-Leninism that also unmasked the undemocratic aspects of the Yugoslav one-party system. The debate between Yugoslavia and Western Europe opened up many key problems of that time. Initially, in the contacts of the League of Communists of Yugoslavia and its mass organisations with the representatives of western left-wing parties, and subsequently in dialogue between Yugoslav left-wing intellectuals and the western New Left. Together they addressed issues like resistance to Soviet hegemony over the international socialist movement; worked toward overcoming a bipolar division of the world, maintaining world peace, equal economic cooperation, and later anti-authoritarianism, local self-government, direct democracy, total dealienation, environment preservation, etc.
The aim of this conference is first to reconstruct, from a time distance that allows us to access hitherto unavailable archival sources, the course of the Yugoslav-western European debate on the perspectives of self-management socialism, and, secondly, to determine its significance for the development of a political theory and practice both in Tito's Yugoslavia as well as in capitalist countries. Drawing on this context, the conference aims to ascertain which forms succeeded in penetrating Yugoslav society, and vice versa, the impact of the self-management experiment on industrial democracy in western European and democratic transitions in Mediterranean countries from the early 1950s to the late 1980s. We would also like to address the question regarding how the Soviet Union and its satellite countries reacted to the Yugoslav alternative to the state-socialist model and how “Open Marxism” and Eurocommunism challenged its aspiration to present itself as a ‘third way’ alternative to liberal capitalism and state socialism. Historians as well as scholars from the fields of political science, international relations and economy who will take into account themes broadly outlined in the description above are encouraged to apply. The conference will be organised by the Science and Research Centre Koper, Slovenia. Funding opportunities for accommodation will be available.

Submission: Please send a paper title and an abstract of max. 400 words by 31st January 2018 to 

Programme Committee: Jože Pirjevec, Mateja Režek, Jure Ramšak


Basic information:
Deadline: 31-01-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Jure Ramšak
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: EUROCLIO

Call for Registration: Mediterranean Dialogues: Teaching History beyond our Horizons

Deadline: 31-01-2018
Location: Marseille, France


EUROCLIO is proud and happy to announce the official call for registration for our 25th Annual Conference & Professional Development and Training Course "Mediterranean Dialogues: Teaching History beyond our Horizons". The conference is hosted and co-organised by EUROCLIO’s co-founding member organisation from France, the Association des Professeurs d’Histoire et de Géographie (APHG). The conference will take place in Marseille, France’s door to the Mediterranean horizon, from 21 to 26 April 2018.

Register now:

The Mediterranean Sea has often been depicted as the cradle of world civilisations. The sea is known in English and the Romance languages as the sea “between the lands”, but historically the Mediterranean Sea has gone by many names. The Romans have called it Mare Nostrum (Our Sea); in Arabic and Turkish the sea is often referred to as the White Sea (al-Bahr al-Abyad and Akdeniz, respectively); in Hebrew, it is called Yam Gadol (Great Sea), and in German Mittelmeer (Middle Sea).
Since Antiquity, the Mediterranean Basin has been the centre for the three monotheisms, flourishing civilisations, migrations, the development of cultural, scientific and economic exchanges, but also for the intersections of wars. Today, unfortunately, the Mediterranean Basin is the theatre of a humanitarian crisis that has challenged the collective leadership around the sea.

To understand the current challenges around the Mediterranean, history, heritage, and citizenship education has a key role to play. That is precisely the reason why EUROCLIO and APHG have decided to choose “Mediterranean Dialogues: Teaching History beyond our Horizons” as the theme for its 25th Annual Conference. Questions addressed are:

How can we make current challenges understandable through the Mediterranean Region’s history?
How can we work towards truly meaningful Mediterranean dialogues?
Can history education allow us to look beyond our European horizons?
And, how can we teach history by looking beyond our horizons?

Association des Professeurs d’Histoire et de Géographie

Basic information:
Deadline: 31-01-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: EUROCLIO
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Instytut Historii Polskiej Akademii Nauk

Gender and the State. 100 years of the fight for equality in Central-Eastern Europe

Deadline: 31-01-2018
Location: Instytut Historii Polskiej Akademii Nauk


Gender and the State. 100 years of the fight for equality in Central-Eastern Europe

Instytut Historii Polskiej Akademii Nauk

Deadline: 31/01/2018

The decree of the Head of State and Prime Minister granting full voting rights to all Polish citizens "without regard to sex/gender" issued in November 1918, was a milestone in the development of civic equality. It was also a special moment for women's emancipation movements, being at the same time the high point of their political efforts and the beginning of their socio-political participation as citizens with full rights of the newly recreated Polish state.

The hundredth anniversary of the introduction of these revolutionary laws, which falls in November 2018 in many European countries, is cause for reflection on the scope and character of equal rights over the course of this relatively long period, methods used in the fight for the equal political and legal position of women, as well as the role of state institutions and national and ethnic communities in these processes.
The Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences is pleased to invite you to participate in the conference entitled "Gender and the State. 100 years of the fight for equality in Central-Eastern Europe", which will take place in Warsaw on November 27-29, 2018.

The goal of the conference is to take stock of the political, social and cultural changes that have been the result of the equal rights movement in Poland and Europe. We also seek to reflect on women's struggle for recognition, their role as citizens and the dynamics of processes of citizen-forming. The place of the political rights they have won in the further struggle for the improvement of women's place in society should also be considered.

One hundred years of women's fight for recognition is at the centre of our interests. The events of November 1918 are a starting point for the search for new perspectives and interpretations of the history of women's emancipation and equality as well as the place of women in relations between the state and society. We are also seeking new approaches to well-known subject matter and would like to restore the memory of women engaged in political and social movements in the last century. We propose the following areas of historical reflection:

1. The history of the concepts of emancipation, equal rights, citizenship and others in various historical times and contexts.

2. Institutions and laws regulating women's access to public space. Legal regulations at the constitutional and statutory level as well as common law.

3. Gender-nation relations and nationality issues connected with the rise of nation states and the character in which women participated in political independence events.

4. The influence of the World Wars on the progress and development of equal rights, concepts and practices and the dynamics of the fight for equality.

5. The transnational and international context of women's rights activity in networks and organisations.

6. The medialisation of the history of the struggle for recognition in a Polish and international context and the presence of these motives in film and visual arts of the last century.

7. Contemporary "re-inventing" of the history of feminism and the women's rights movement, and references to their achievements in political, affirmative, etc. narratives.

We particularly invite presentation proposals from persons working on PhD or postdoctoral projects. Proposals of up to 3000 characters, in Polish or English, along with a brief information about the author, should be submitted by January 31, 2018 to the following address:

Information on proposal acceptance will be sent at the end of February.


Basic information:
Deadline: 31-01-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Instytut Historii Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: International Association for Southeast European A


Deadline: 31-01-2018
Location: University of Zadar, Croatia



Department of Ethnology and Anthropology, University of Zadar
27th – 30th September, 2018

Deadline: 31 JANUARY 2018

The conference seeks to explore the affective dimensions of everyday life in the context of Southeast Europe. In our world that has, for the last decades, been dominated by the impact of rationality and technical progress, of transformation and economic efficiency, of globalization and migration, the role of emotions in all spheres of life has all too often been neglected. It is in the past decade that developments in society, in politics and in other spheres of life have made it obvious that emotions are of utmost relevance and must not by ignored. There is a renewed anthropological interest in the study of emotions, affects and feelings
that bind individuals and groups in various ways, addressing their economic and political uncertainty and directing attention to people’s arts of existence.

The aim of this conference is to extend the exploration of the ‘everyday’ and ‘ordinary’ by focusing on the role of emotions and the varieties of senses in relation to the entire sphere of individual and social life, to social belonging and affect-saturated spaces and institutions such as nation or home region, neighbourhood or friends, family or relatives, strangers or intimates, religious or ethnic groups. Craving for well-being, solidarity and community in a time of insecurities and uncertainties can lead to a return to forms of tradition and heritage, to a strengthening of patriarchal settings or to a desire for religious belonging and spirituality.
On the other hand one can observe almost everywhere that there is a political use and misuse of such emotions, both in liberal left and in far right xenophobic discourses and politics. The political dimensions also include the emotional experience of state oppression under socialism or the loss of trust in public institutions just as well as the experience of wars or other conflicts.

An important aspect will be the ways in which emotions such as love or hatred, compassion or empathy (and lack of this) are expressed in everyday life and language, in pictures, narratives or songs. The aesthetics of expression may be controlled by the ethics of the group which decides on what constitutes beauty and ugliness or what is acceptable and what is not.

Feelings and emotions are essential parts of the human condition, shaping our interpersonal relations and connections as well as our world view. An important goal of the conference will be to apply these basic facts to the context of Southeast Europe, both in the present and in the past.

Accordingly, topics for papers may range widely and include the following:
Post-socialist transformation, neoliberalism, globalization and affective past, present and future (affect and austerity)
Emotional geographies and ordinary affects (cultural landscapes and ordinary affects)
Architecture, art, objects and affective spaces
Crises, wars, disasters and emotions; public feelings and traumas
Nation, region, and cultural heritage
Museum collections, archives and emotions
Politics and emotions, politics of emotions
Public and private life and emotions
Emotions, Senses and Affects
Economy, work, commodities and emotions in the Context of Southeast Europe
Education, schooling, and emotions
Religion, belief and emotions
Life course, gender, childhood, marriage, old age and emotions
Emotions and cultural contexts of health and well-being
Emotions in cross-cultural encounters (migration, diaspora, transnationalism, refugees)
Archives, museum collections and emotions
Expressing emotions: language, verbal traditions, pictures
Songs, music and emotions
Popular culture and the economy of affects.

Please submit a proposal that contains your full name, e-mail address, institutional and disciplinary affiliation, the title of your paper and an abstract of 250 words with specific information about research methods and sources. The organizers give preference to submissions based on fieldwork and/or the use of ethnographic, folkloric, or closely related archive materials. The paper proposal must be in English, while the papers presented at the conference can be in English, French or German.

Panel sessions: We invite colleagues to propose panel sessions. Poster and film sessions: We invite colleagues to propose posters and ethnographic films focused on the congress theme.

The deadline for the submission of panel and paper proposals is 31 JANUARY 2018.

Please send your proposal to:
Assistant Professor Danijela Birt, Department of Ethnology and Anthropology, University of Zadar
Participants will be notified before the end of April 2017 about the acceptance of their paper.

Conference Site, Organization
The 9 th International Association for Southeast European Anthropology (InASEA) congress will be held at
Department of Ethnology and Anthropology, University of Zadar, (Zadar) Croatia.

Funding, Travel and Accommodation
Depending on availability of funding, the conference organizers will cover at least part of the travel and accommodation costs for participants from Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Turkey.

Accommodation for participants who qualify for financial support will be pre-arranged. Other participants will also be assisted in making hotel reservations. More information about accommodation will be published on the official website ( in due time.

Registration Fee
InASEA members who have paid their dues for the last two years are exempt from the registration fee.
Non-InASEA members and non-paying members will be asked to pay an on-site registration fee equivalent to 25 € (for participants from the above-mentioned SEE countries) or 50 € (for participants from all other countries).

Publication of Papers

A selection of conference papers will be published (after peer review) in vols. 22 and 23 of InASEA’s journal Ethnologia Balkanica.


Basic information:
Deadline: 31-01-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: International Association for Southeast European A
Project / event type: fellowships / grants
Organiser: The Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Col

Human Rights Advocates Program

Deadline: 31-01-2018
Location: New York City, New York, USA


The Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) is a unique and successful model of human rights capacity building. HRAP capitalizes on its affiliation with Columbia University and its location in New York City to provide grassroots leaders the tools, knowledge, access, and networks to promote the realization of human rights and strengthen their respective organizations.

The program begins in late August and ends in mid-December. It is an in-residence program, and you must be able to live in New York for the full length of the program in order to participate.

Details about the program structure and activities can be found at:

You can also read about past participants at:

To apply, go to:

The deadline for applications is January 31st at 11:59 GMT.

Columbia University The Institute for the Study of Human Rights

Basic information:
Deadline: 31-01-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Summer Lightfoot
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: University of Graz

ASN European Conference: Nationalism in Times of Uncertainty

Deadline: 31-01-2018
Location: Graz


ASN European Conference: Nationalism in Times of Uncertainty
4-6 July 2018
University of Graz, Austria

Deadline: 31 January 2018

The University of Graz, in cooperation with the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN), is pleased to announce the joint conference, "Nationalism in Times of Uncertainty" which will be held from 4 to 6 July, 2018 in Graz, Austria. The conference will be organized by the Centre for Southeast European Studies of the University of Graz

The conference invites a broad range of papers and panels devoted to questions of nationalism, ethnicity, national identity and other related topics, with a focus on the Balkans, as well as Central Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia, comparative and theoretical contributions.
As an interdisciplinary event, it welcomes contributions from political science, history, anthropology, sociology, sociology, law, economics, geography, cultural studies, literature, psychology, and related fields.
We particularly welcome panels and papers reflecting on the question of uncertainty and ruptures, including on

- The Impact of Populism and the Crisis of Democracy
· The Centenary of the End of World War One and the emergence of new states
· Breakdown of the post-WW I order in the Middle East
· The Aftermath of the Russian Revolution
· Muslim Nationalism in a transnational context
· Migration and Nationalist Responses
· Transnational dynamics of nationalism

Prospective applicants can review the broad thematic scope of ASN conference papers by viewing programs from past conferences at: h

For more information about the Centre for Southeast European Studies, see

Proposal Submissions
The ASN 2018 European Conference invites proposals for individual papers and panels. The standard panel format consists of a chair and three or four presenters. Conference proposals should be submitted in English. All required information must be included in a single Word or PDF document and attached to a single email message.

Individual Paper Proposal Requirements:
· Contact information: name, e-mail address, and academic affiliation of the applicant.
· Paper abstract (up to 500 words) with the title of the paper and no more than five keywords.
· A 100-word, one paragraph biographical statement in narrative form. Standard CVs will not be accepted.
· Individual proposals featuring more than one author (joint proposals) must include contact information and biographical statements for all authors.

Panel Proposal Requirements:
· Contact information for all panelists: names, e-mail addresses, and academic affiliations.
· Title of the panel and abstract (up to 500 words) for each paper.
· 100-word biographical statement for each panelist. Statements in a standard CV format will not be accepted.

We also welcome book panel proposals, which should include the same information as panel proposals. The books should be significant contributions to the field and preference is given to monographs.
Roundtables are also accepted and applications should follow panel proposal format. These should distinguish themselves from panel proposals by focusing on a) key events or developments, b) methodological questions or c) new fields of research.

As a general rule, no person may appear more than twice on the program and only once as a paper giver.

For more information about the Centre for Southeast European Studies, see

Conference information (program, logistical details, etc.) will be available on the CSEES website.

Travel Grants
There will up to 30 travel and accommodation grants available. The grants are aimed at graduate students and post-docs and will cover travel costs (within Europe up to 200 Euros) and accommodation for the duration of the conference.

Conference registration costs are
Faculty: 100 Euros (ASN Members: 60 Euros)
Students: 60 Euros (ASN Members: 30 Euros)

Please send your proposals to by 31 January 2018

Papers and panels will be assessment by an international board composed of scholars from the ASN and the University of Graz.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent in March 2018.
The deadline for registration is 31 April 2018.
The draft program will be published by the end of May 2018.
For more information, please contact: or

Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)

Project / event type: fellowships / grants
Organiser: Wiener Wiesenthal Institut

Fellowship: Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien

Deadline: 31-01-2018
Location: Wiener Wiesenthal Institut


Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien, Wien / Vienna,
Deadline : 31/01/2018
The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) invites applications for its fellowships for the academic year 2018/2019.
The VWI is an academic institution dedicated to the research and documentation of antisemitism, racism, nationalism and the Holocaust. Conceived and established during Simon Wiesenthal's lifetime, the VWI receives funding from the Austrian Ministry of Science, Research and Economy as well as the City of Vienna. Research at the institute focuses on the Holocaust in its European context, including its antecedents and its aftermath.
Research projects are to focus on a topic relevant to the research interests of the VWI. Within this parameter, applicants are free to choose their own topic, approach and methodology. Fellows will have access to the archives of the institute. It is expected that fellows will make use of relevant resources from the collection in their research projects. Research results will be the subject of formal fellows' discussions and will be presented to the wider public at regular intervals.
Funding is available for
- two senior fellows,
- two research fellows and
- four junior fellows
to work at the institute for a duration of between six and eleven months. Experience tells that residences between nine and eleven months are the most productive for facilitating the research of the fellows at the VWI.
Senior fellowships will be awarded to qualified scholars who have completed their PhDs, have authored exceptional academic publications and have been working at a university or academic institution for several years.
Research fellowships will be awarded to scholars who have completed their PhDs and have published works in their research field.
Junior fellowships will be awarded to PhD-candidates.
With its fellowships, the VWI seeks to encourage communication and academic exchange among the fellows, providing an additional benefit beyond their research work. The fellows are expected to further the institute's academic work and provide each other with advice and support in their research projects. Fellows must be regularly present at the VWI.
Fellows will be selected by the International Academic Advisory Board of the VWI.
Please attach your application in electronic format (in one *.pdf-file) to an email and submit it by 31 January 2018 to:
Please see the information sheets on the different fellowships for further particulars on application modalities, aims, selection process and grant sums. These can also be downloaded from the homepage of the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI).


Basic information:
Deadline: 31-01-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Béla Rásky
Project / event type: publication
Organiser: Historical Searches Journal

CfP for the Historical Searches Journal

Deadline: 31-01-2018
Location: -


Institute for history in Sarajevo has recently redesigned its journal, Historical Searches. The next number of Historical Searches will be dedicated to commemorating the centenary of the dissolution of the Habsburg Empire. However, this date serves only as a motive, our aim is to explore the conditions and consequences of “regime change” in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the past 150 years. We strive to present both perils and opportunities that arise from these events. In that attempt, we did not limit ourselves only to political and military history but also to other aspects such as sociological impact of regime change, it’s effects on cultural heritage, every-day life and other areas that were impacted by political and military actions in the observed time period. Therefore, we aim to promote multidisciplinary approach. Also, we are not limited to Bosnia and Herzegovina, we are eager to read about similar or different experiences from other nations in our region.
Post-graduate students, researchers, and other related and interested authors are invited to join us and explore this interesting theme. We are searching for papers in Historical Searches to be 5000-8000 words. The papers will be edited and included in the Historical Searches nr 17, and published in October 2018.

Text should be written in font size 12, with 1.5 lines spacing. Notes are footnotes, and not endnotes. Bibliography should be contained in notes, to preserve space.

To aplly with a paper in the Journal, please send (a) your abstract (300 words), as well as (b) a short cv to:

Deadline for abstract: January 31st 2018.
Deadline for complete paper: March 31st 2018.​


Basic information:
Deadline: 31-01-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Historical Searches Journal
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Koordinierungsstelle Stolpersteine Berlin

Stumbling Stones – a European form of remembrance between intervention and recognition on 14th and 15th June 2018

Deadline: 31-01-2018
Location: Koordinierungsstelle Stolpersteine Berlin Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand Stauffenbergstraße 13-14 10785 Berlin Germany


The Stumbling Stones memorial project has been active for over 20 years now. It started as a small artistic intervention in a public space: by laying brass plaques in the ground in front of specific houses, measuring 10x10cm and bearing the names and dates of persecuted former residents, the artist Gunter Demnig aimed to commemorate the fate of those persecuted during National Socialism. In the beginning the project was often enough realized without official permission or encountered strong opposition. But over time, its popularity grew and it now counts among Germany’s best known and respected memory projects. Gunter Demnig and his team have not only received various honours and, increasingly, official backing, but are also supported by a broad volunteer movement. Their supporters are not only in Germany – in the meantime, Stumbling Stones have been laid in almost all the countries which were occupied by the Wehrmacht.
The conference will focus on an exchange of views concerning the project’s development in terms of commemoration work and its political-historical contribution, and the positioning of the Stumbling Stones project within the European cultures of remembrance. We would like to invite you to send us proposals for keynotes on the following topics:

1) Stumbling Stones are now being laid in more than 20 European countries. What can we learn from this about the different European cultures of remembrance – do similarities exist? Can differences be found in the way the project is established in memory politics?

2) What motivates people to have Stumbling Stones laid and/or to participate in the project? Do their motives vary from generation to generation? Does the Stumbling Stones project serve the purpose of exoneration on a personal as well as a societal level? Can it exert a “healing effect” on the relatives of persecutees? How does the Stumbling Stones project affect the image of Germany abroad?

3) Nowadays, the reappraisal of the history of National Socialism, and thus the Stumbling Stones project, is part of the national identity of the majority of German society, in political as well as social terms. But how are the voids of remembrance politics represented in this project?

The conference is organised by the “Koordinierungsstelle Stolpersteine Berlin”. It is part of the “Aktives Museum Faschismus und Widerstand in Berlin e.V.” and realizes the project within 12 Berlin districts where local groups of voluntaries do the work. The “Koordinierungsstelle Stolpersteine Berlin” publishes books and teaching aids and has designed an exhibition about the Stumbling Stones project. Furthermore, it organises lectures on various topics connected to remembrance politics on a regular basis.

The conference will be held in English and German and welcomes interested scholars of memory studies and historical research to participate. We would explicitly like to encourage transdisciplinary approaches. We plan to publish the conference proceedings and will make contributions towards travel expenses where possible. As the conference will take place after the laying of further Stumbling Stones in Berlin, we are very glad to announce that Gunter Demnig will be able to open the conference in person.

If you are interested in presenting the findings of your research at the conference, please send us an abstract (max. 3500 characters) of your proposed lecture and a short CV in German or English by 31st January 2018 to All letters of acceptance will be sent by 28th February 2018.

Aktives Museum Faschismus und Widerstand Berlin e.V. Stauffenbergstraße 13-14 10785 Berlin Germany "Stiftung - SPUREN - Gunter Demnig" Kölner Straße 29 50226 Frechen Germany

Basic information:
Deadline: 31-01-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Sophia Schmitz
Phone: 0049/30/263989014
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: German Historical Institute, Warsaw

Hidden Children during the Holocaust ̶ Historical Considerations of a Transnational Phenomenon

Deadline: 31-01-2018
Location: Kaunas


Hidden Children during the Holocaust ̶ Historical Considerations of a Transnational Phenomenon

25.06.2018 - 27.06.2018
Kaunas, Lithuania

In many European countries, during the persecution and extermination of Jews throughout the Second World War, Jewish children were destined to hide in improvised settlements, such as secret attics, Catholic convents, or live openly with foreign Christian families. They had to struggle with a sense of being in constant danger and spent their childhood living under life-threatening conditions. They not only endured fear of the Nazi persecution, but in some cases, they also experienced physical and sexual abuse by their “saviors”. In the postwar years, these hidden children, while adjusting to a new life, experienced double trauma. Firstly, many young children were hidden as infants, and, therefore, they could not remember their parents, while others lost their families, who were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. Those hidden children, who returned home to their parents, grandparents, or siblings experienced significant psychological problems and had to adapt to their new way of life with their war-traumatized relatives. Secondly, during the war, these children had not only to live separately from their relatives, but they also had to change their identity, and in some cases were demanded to forget their language. Thus in the postwar years, hidden children faced the double hurdles of adjusting to their psychologically damaged parents and to reaccustoming themselves to their prewar Jewish identities. 
After the war, in many countries, the fate of these secret survivors of the Holocaust, who grew up and lived their own lives, have been forgotten, or has scarcely received any attention. Only a few personal testimonies with painful memories were published, often in literary form. This memorialization changed, when the generation of former hidden children reached their retirement age. Since the late 1980s, and especially in the 1990s, the subject has been examined increasingly, primarily (auto-) biographically. The establishment of organizations like the “Hidden Child Foundation” (1991 in New York) or the “Child Holocaust Survivors” (1991 in Poland) has had a significant impact on this process.
The German Historical Institute in Warsaw will hold a workshop on this issue in Kaunas, Lithuania, on June 25-27, 2018 in cooperation with The International Centre for Litvak Photography. This location has been chosen intentionally, as a significant number of children were hidden in Kaunas and its surroundings during the war. In the Soviet times, in Lithuania, Sofija Binkienė who, along with her family, hid Jewish children from the Kaunas Ghetto, published an important contribution on this topic, titled Soldiers without Guns. This book contained the memories of the protectors and their hidden children. This workshop aims to revisit and reclaim the stories of the hidden children in the respective countries and to examine the impacts of their hiding experiences for their postwar lives. For this workshop, we encourage all participants to present their newest research on this topic. We particularly welcome papers, which introduce unknown source material, develop new concepts or methods, and explore the history of hidden children via a comparative, multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary approach.

We invite scholars representing historical disciplines and other social sciences to submit proposals under one of the topics mentioned above.

The workshop will be organized by: 
Prof. Dr. Ruth Leiserowitz, German Historical Institute, Warsaw and Dr. des. Gintarė Malinauskaitė, German Historical Institute, Warsaw / Branch Office Vilnius
The workshop will be hold in English.
Abstract proposals of no less than 250 and no more than 500 words with a short bio should be sent to:;
Deadline for submitting abstracts: 31 January 2018 
Notification of acceptance: 28 February 2018 
Conference dates: 25-27 June 2018
Conference venue: Kaunas, Lithuania

For further information, please contact:

Prof. Dr. Ruth Leiserowitz or Dr. des. Gintarė Malinauskaitė,
Deutsches Historisches Institut Warschau
E-Mail: ;


Basic information:
Deadline: 31-01-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Dr. Ruth Leiserowitz
Deadline: 31-01-2018
Location: Philadelphia


After Vienna. Post-Imperial Salzburg as Austria’s Future Kulturstadt 1919-1938

Confronted with Habsburg institutions imploded, economic and cultural distribution networks shattered, and infrastructure destroyed, leaders of the First Republic found themselves forced to rebuild the Austrian state. But as Anton Pelinka has recently observed, Austria did inherit from its Habsburg predecessor, the ability to imagine itself as a cultural superpower. Most notably, the Salzburg Festspiele emerged in the 1920s and 30s as the premier international Austrian cultural event, a reputation that continues today. We are calling for papers to contribute to a volume of essays that consider the many efforts to reshape post-imperial Salzburg as a future Kulturstadt, a second center of gravity, after Vienna, poised to capitalize on the new cultural, economic, and political realities after 1918.

Little research has been done to examine this development. For if Vienna was the “loser” within the borders of the new First Republic, Salzburg was the winner. Indeed, between 1910 and 1939 Vienna lost 15 % of its population, while Salzburg grew by 37.5%, the greatest increase of any Austrian city during that time frame. On the new banknotes issued by the First Republic, Salzburg was the only city to be featured as a motif besides Vienna. No longer on the margins of the Habsburg lands, Salzburg stood at one end of an East-West axis that traversed Austria. What was the Salzburg alternative, a harkening back to former glory or did propose something new? Was it reactionary or modern?

By some measures, to be sure, Salzburg was an unusual choice to project the new place for Austria in the world. Regional capitals, Graz and Klagenfurt, were larger and had participated more fully in modernization, while Graz and Innsbruck could offer universities with several faculties. But like the Habsburg state before it, the First Austrian Republic sought to project its power in ways that combined culture and geopolitics. Indeed, Salzburg presented a weak situation for upgrading but a much more symbolically important one for national identity. For if the Socialists ruled Vienna, a coalition of Black Christian Socials and other conservatives controlled the federal government -- a control that from 1920 to 1934 they never relinquished. For the Christian Socials, Salzburg would represent their vision of Austria. Situated along an ascendant European North-South axis, it would be an urban setting inflected by folk and Catholic culture, a political and cultural counterweight to Red Vienna.

Salzburg itself internalized stereotypes about itself and sought to present these back to tourists and others, while also cultivating a local self-image greatly shaped by its opposition to the Viennese. This dynamic served both as an engine of innovation and encouraged German National and anti-Semitic ideologies. With a municipal government precariously balanced throughout the 1920s, Salzburg struggled to reconcile a retooled Austrian cosmopolitan identity and German National sympathies. In the 1930s, the former was increasingly sacrificed to the latter, as pan-German and National Socialist cadres utilized Salzburg’s vicinity to the German border. To what extent, was the Salzburg “high culture” project of the First Republic part of the problem?

Scholarship has traditionally seen the First Republic as the state that “no one wanted,” a place where thinking about the future converged only on competing visions of the apocalypse. This volume considers Salzburg as an Austrian project oriented towards the future, and its chapters seek to provide a reevaluation of the First Republic by exploring forms of symbolic thinking, plans and initiatives around the rising Austrian Kulturstadt of Salzburg.

- Geopolitics -- New regional, cultural and political connections with 
Munich Italy, and others. Physical reconfigurations that express new vision of Salzburg: architecture, planning, transportation infrastructure. 
- Salzburg Festival -- Experiments in post-imperial identity; festival as supranational cultural mission; high culture as instrument of political diplomacy, national self-assertion, and propaganda.
- Film and Film Industry -- Global self-positioning; Austrian generic hybrids; Salzburg-Hollywood-Salzburg; cinema networks; individuals.
- Jewish Identity in Salzburg after 1918 -- Between religious tradition, high culture, and folkloric fashionings; cultural and political anti-semitism; Sommerfrische and science.
- Modern Music -- International Society for Contemporary Music; International Performances of Chamber Music (1922) [Internationale Kammermusik-Aufführungen], counter-initiatives to Salzburg Festival and Salzburg as new music city; post-1933 rivalries between twelve-tone and pro-National Socialist composers; neo-Romanticism. 
- Mozarteum -- Cultural icon, symbol of elite culture ambitions, and great hope of forces opposed to Vienna; university substitute and anti-university; high-art flag bearer for Christian Socialists, German Nationals, and "German-genius" school of Nazis on both sides of border.
- Cultural and Political Associations (Verbände); individual and institutional power-brokers and intermediaries, including transnational pan-German and later National Socialist organizations that built networks Salzburg, Munich, and Vienna.
- Salzburg and First Republic State Branding -- sports, skiing, Alpine Republic, tourism. 
- Tracht, Volkstümlichkeit and Its Mobilization in Popular and Political Culture -- habitus, Salzburg flair, self-styling, and folk costume retailored as both national/regional uniform and high-civic and evening attire.

Robert Dassanowsky, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs 
Michael Burri, Temple University

- Abstract of proposed chapter (300 words): 31 January 2018 
- Response to authors: 15 March 2018
- Completed chapters due: 15 August 2018

Authors should submit their 300-word proposal and three-sentence biography statement to the editors (, Proposal and statement may be in English or German. Expected article length 6,000-8,000 words, including notes and bibliography. Final paper submissions must be in English.


Basic information:
Deadline: 31-01-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Michael Burri
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