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Project / event type: fellowships / grants
Organiser: Regional Studies Association

Research Network Grant Scheme

Deadline: 31-07-2017
Location: -


The RSA is happy to announce the call for applications for the Research Network Grant Scheme. Up to three Research Networks will be awarded based on quality and funded with up to £10,000.

RSA Research Networks are formed by academics, practitioners and policy makers interested in meetings to examine a current issue that responds to the aims, interest and goals of the Association. The issue does not necessarily need to have a direct policy focus but the examination would normally lead to policy related conclusions.

The Research Network must be organised and managed by RSA members. They should come from different countries and can be from any membership category. The Association will consider Research Networks proposed by students and early career researchers as well as those in the other categories of membership.

The full Terms and Conditions governing these grants are available in the Research Network Handbook:

Application is available here:

For more information please visit our website at

Forthcoming application deadlines: 31st July 2017, 16.00 (GMT).


Basic information:
Deadline: 31-07-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Klara Sobekova
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Université de Lorraine

Landscape(s) of the strange. Art and research on visible and invisible traces of conflicts

Deadline: 15-08-2017
Location: Université de Lorraine, Metz


This symposium is part of the research project “landscape(s) of the strange. On visible and invisible traces of a regional heritage in transformation. Artistic and theoretical (re)-constructions of a cross-border history marked by major conflicts” started in 2016. To begin with, the project approached the notion of “trace” or ”mark” in its material (heritage, architecture, vegetation) and immaterial (memory, culture) dimensions, especially those related to the concrete landscape of Lorraine which bears the mark of a conflictual history opposing Frenchmen and Germans, especially during the two World Wars. This symposium is not limited to the specific situation in the eastern part of France [Grand Est]. Its ambition is to foreground the contribution of the research-creation trend [recherche-création] which is specific to the art-linked disciplines, to the theme of landscape as an identity marker. It intends to combine artistic approaches (including literature) with theoretical ones (such as geography, sociology, psychology, etc.) in order to throw a new light on the historical material, as well as on questions related to transmission and commemoration. One focus will be the use of this material within contemporary works of art which become “witnesses” or “memories” of those events that led to geographical, social and cultural disruptions. This international symposium follows up on two conference days, that took place in Metz in November 2016. Its ambition is to broaden the project to an international scale : to the countries bordering the “Grand Est” region (Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg) in France, but also to other European or non-European territories which underwent historical upheavals echoing the history of Lorraine. In other words, they are territories which are similarly characterized by war(s), unstable borders and an identity that might therefore be considered as “hybrid”.
The recent commemorations of the Centenary of the Great War show the vivid interest for the scars of conflicts attached to certain regions located along the front lines. Furthermore, in France, we can notice a rising emphasis on German legacy stemming from the first annexation of Alsace and Lorraine by Germany (1871-1918), an insistence particularly striking through architectural considerations, as shown by the focus on Strasbourg Neustadt and Metz Imperial area, both places playing a central role in the inscription of these towns as Unesco sites. Should we see this as the sign of an enlightened position towards a painful past, or as the symbol of a collective oblivion as the last witnesses are vanishing? Or on the contrary, does it reveal an inner awareness on the part of the necessity to constantly keep renewing itself of the commemorative approach. By way of comparison, one could look at other regions from Europe where the conflictual past is perceived under different lights over decades.
The time frame chosen as a basis for the lectures of our symposium covers hundred and fifty years (from 1870 to nowadays), including both World Wars (1914-1918, 1940-1945) as well as the War of 1870 which concerns French and German people. The Moselle, and more broadly, the new Grand Est region, as well as neighbouring countries and areas (the Hauts-de-France, Saarland, Luxembourg and Wallonia), appear as places in which a deep historical rupture occurred at the heart of Central Europe which provoked some dislocations in families (such was the case with French soldiers who were forced to enroll in the German army). Our aim here is to transmit such local or global memories to future generations despite but also because of their painful nature. As we are confronted to the current European crisis, it seems proper to remember that centuries of bloody battles were what made unavoidable the prospect of building a stable community.
This symposium will examine through art-based practices the remnants of wars and frontier movements in the context of annexations and occupations in France and anywhere else in the world. In this regard, we need to mention the Battle lines of both World Wars but also areas which in the wake of colonization, genocides or the Cold War evoke more recent conflicts and the ones concerns with states restructuration in Europe (for example following the war in Ex-Yugoslavia) as well.
Creation is able to take over memory and its potentially lacunary stories to reveal the shortcomings of the latter. Furthermore, it is built on an actual subject: landscape. Why so? Because landscape bears the marks of particularly intense battles in Lorraine (Verdun Battle Fields among many), but also strives to gradually erase these traces. In fact, as it is constantly evolving, it reflects at any given time the history it went through. The concept of strangeness, as applied to landscape suggests breaking off our familiar environment, transgressing it and troubling it (Cf. Das Unheimlich – The Uncanny, as defined by Freud). In the aftermath of a war, an annexation, an occupation or any kind of violent confrontation, landscape keeps strange traces that surge into a once familiar place.
A landscape is not only the extent of a territory, or the perception we have of it. It should be considered as much from its physical perspectives as from its mental ones. The concept of landscape is an unstable construct that shapes itself within a perpetual space ranging across disciplines which question it. As François Dagognet points it out in his foreword to Mort du paysage : philosophie et esthétique du paysage, a “concern” for landscape emerged during the mid-nineteenth century and got stronger in the twentieth century with the enactment of a law, in France (1930) which supported landscape preservation and defined it as genuine heritage. There is a most significant relation to be established between landscape thought as emerging from our cultural heritage (with the marks left by war on the territory) and the visible and invisible transformations on the actual sites of this heritage places which very often end up wrapped with strangeness. The concept of “mark” or “trace” helps give a concreteness to the multiple interpretations given to this cultural heritage and, above all it helps putting these visions into a cultural context which the acts of creation highlight from different angles according to the approach. Marks capture the reality of the present which is built on multiple strata and layers. They constitute a substantial evidence of something which, while it is bound to disappear, remains as a material or psychological impression. Hence, this scientific project asks the following question: what are these new forms of expression, restitution and dissemination of a layered history, whose marks are sometimes hard to fathom?
Proposals should explore one of the following themes:
Cultural landscape or traces in the transformation of patrimony: patrimony is understood as a common heritage passed to collectivities by previous generations. It is approached in material (particularly architectural) and immaterial forms (particularly linguistic). To be more precise, the issue for us is to foreground an invisible, partly neglected or even repressed patrimony, as, for example, in Moselle, forts built by German people at the end of the nineteenth century and bunkers, blockhouses and Second War Flaktürme that we find today in places once occupied by German people. The matter of reconstructing and transcribing historical events provided by storytelling will be tackled from the angle of landscapes and marks. We also refer to the question of memory and the transmission of facts (true or not), which contribute to the construction of a multiple identity inherited from conflicts revealed by concrete landscape.
Natural landscape, overlay or camouflage: the notion of patrimony is here questioned through transformations induced by nature on the characteristic sites of conflict. The idea is to study several layers formed by the combined action of human and nature in those bruised areas. The concept of “camouflage” as a dialectic figure between visible and invisible and as a simultaneously natural (mimicry), military and artistic phenomenon (cf. Camouflage! Symposium, Heidelberg, 2015) will question landscape in demarcated territories. Indeed, looking at the marks of conflicts through landscape reveals a subdivision/fragmentation of buildings whose abandonment (because one could not use them anymore and they reflect a tumultuous period) reinforces the concealment process within the territory of the Grand Est Region notably, but also within regions which were confronted to similar events.
Mental landscape or psychological representation as the mark of memory and forgetfulness. This axis aims at exploring psychic representations in history and the way or ways in which past can be reconsidered, rebuilt, or even reinvented in the light of artistic processes which appropriate this very history. Besides, the survival concept [Nachleben] (Warburg, Didi-Huberman) as a mark left on the unconscious sheds new light on the relation to mental landscape. The approach which consists in using archival documents to create a work of art brings the artist closer to the historian. Why do some marks remain while others vanish ? This outlook is entirely interdependent with the dialectic between private and public memory and between sensitive experience and appropriation of historic facts which is at the heart of many literary and artistic works.
Here are some possible lines of approach for your presentations:
a personal research-creation approach including a description and analysis focusing on the aforementioned notions
the study of a work (including photography, cinema, literature, architecture, music for instance) which belongs to contemporary art (from the 1990s on preferably) and which tackles landscape in its present dimension but also looks at the visible marks of conflict within it
approaches be them psychological, geographical, sociological whose very methodologies would feed the insight into the aforementioned notions
a historical study shedding a new light on one or several specific episodes related to armed conflicts which had an enduring impact on the current landscapes of a specific region
any approach on the Franco-German enmity, on the concrete marks from the tumultuous past of these two countries in the cross-bordered landscapes (Lorraine, Alsace, Sarre) or on the specific situation of the other countries located on the East Front (Belgium, Luxemburg, the Netherlands) will be particularly appreciated
Proposal submission:
Proposals are to be submitted to the following mail addresses: –
Submissions close on August 15, 2017.
The proposals (in French, German or English) should include:
A biography of the author
A summary (300 words), with the title of the proposal, the chosen angle and the subject which will be tackled.
The authors will be contacted before August 31, 2017. A publication of the acts is planned for 2018.


Basic information:
Deadline: 15-08-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Université de Lorraine
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: 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: 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
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