Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: network on Culture and its Uses as Testimony


Deadline: 13-12-2017
Location: Birmingham University UK


The AHRC-funded research network on Culture and its Uses as Testimony will be holding its international conference at Birmingham University UK from 11-12 April 2018. The conference will explore the core questions set out below, and papers are now invited from academics and practitioners with relevant expertise and experience.
Theoretical Frameworks
• What are the main approaches to culture as testimony, and how do they interact?
• How can the insights of researchers be of use to practitioners (documentary film-makers, directors of theatrical events, novelists, teachers), and how can the experience of practitioners inform research?
Dilemmas of Culture as Testimony
• What is the balance between the emotion and empathy created by testimony on the one hand and analysis and critical understanding on the other?
• Testimony in cultural form can be liberating and empowering; it embraces contradiction, doubt, and playfulness to transmit experience, and it is often structurally complex, fragmentary, and ‘messy’. It can also be shocking and enchanting. How can such testimony take its place alongside other forms of testimony?
Forms and Forums
• How do the forms and forums for testimony influence their content? What, for example, are the typical characteristics of truth and reconciliation commissions, and what do they offer that the courts do not? How do individuals’ diaries disrupt historical masternarratives?
Power, Authority, Status and Hierarchies
• Is testimony in cultural form an agent of change or an alternative to change?
• How is testimony institutionalised, and what are the dangers of a ‘testimony Industry’?
• Moral issues: What do we do with perpetrator testimony?
• What claims can be made about the truth of testimony, and is the frequently applied term ‘authenticity’ meaningful or misleading?
The mediated experience
• How is cultural testimony appropriated and misappropriated?
• Against the background of the loss of witness generations what is the value and purpose of secondary witnessing and post-memory?
• What opportunities and challenges are presented by new technology that can capture and disseminate testimony?
Support for speakers: Reasonable travel and accommodation costs for speakers will be covered. The conference organisers welcome the participation of early career researchers.
Please submit your proposal, including title and abstract (150 words max.), and a brief biographical note by 13 December, 2017 to:
For further information, please contact the organisers, Dr Sara Jones ( and Professor Roger Woods (


Basic information:
Deadline: 13-12-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Dr Sara Jones
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Yale University Memory Studies in Modern Europe Wo

CfP Resistance and Collaboration in Occupied Europe Conference – Yale University, April 2nd, 2018

Deadline: 15-12-2017
Location: Yale University (New Haven CT, USA)


The Yale University Memory Studies in Modern Europe working group invites doctoral students from all disciplines to share their research in a graduate student conference devoted to the topics of resistance and collaboration in Europe in the long twentieth century. 

The conference will be held at Yale University on April 2nd, 2018. The keynote speakers will be Marci Shore (Associate Professor of History, Yale University) and Timothy Snyder (Richard C. Levin Professor of History, Yale University).

While the title of the conference was conceived with the Nazi occupation in mind, presentation proposals addressing other instances of resistance and collaboration are welcome as well. The conference will offer a forum to discuss methodology and work in progress as well as to connect with fellow scholars at various stages of research. Selected participants will have 20 minutes to present their paper, followed by a 10-minute discussion with the audience.

Topics to be explored in presentations may include (but are not limited to):
- Representations of resistance and/or collaboration in autobiographies, biographies, diaries, letters, memoirs, personal accounts, and literature
- Armed resistance, civil resistance, transnational resistance movements
- Bystanders, collaborationists and spies
- Artistic and cultural production under occupation
- The role of intellectuals in occupied Europe
- Individual and collective memories of the war; divided memories
- Resistance and/or collaboration in national historical narratives
- The relationship between postwar narratives of resistance/collaboration and the re-building of modern European states
- Aphasia, amnesia, and traumatic memory of the occupation
- Genre and gender implications in life writings or other artistic representations of resistance and/or collaboration
- Representations of resistance and/or collaboration in (national) cinema
- The ethical engagement of scholars (historians, critics, analysts…) with their subject matter or how a scholar of occupied Europe can be ‘engaged’

Please send us a 300 word abstract and a short bio, including current affiliation, by December 15th, 2017. Accepted speakers will be notified by December 22, 2017 and are asked to submit a draft of their presentation by March 2, 2018.

Please direct questions and submissions to: 
Giovanni Miglianti, PhD Student in Italian, 
Karolina Kolpak, PhD Student in History,

Yale University Whitney Humanities Center, Yale Program for the Study of Antisemitism, French Department at Yale.

Basic information:
Deadline: 15-12-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Giovanni Miglianti
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Université de Varsovie

La guerre est finie ? L’année 1918 en Europe centrale. Expériences - témoignages - littérature

Deadline: 15-12-2017
Location: Varsovie


La guerre est finie ? L’année 1918 en Europe centrale. Expériences - témoignages - littérature
8-9 juin 2018
Institut de la culture polonaise, Université de Varsovie

Organisateurs : Institut de la culture polonaise Université de Varsovie, UMR Eur’Orbem (Cultures et sociétés d’Europe orientale, balkanique et médiane), Centre de civilisation polonaise Paris-Sorbonne.

Partenaires : 
- Instytut Literatury Polskiej, Université de Varsovie 
- Instytut Historyczny, Université de Varsovie 
- Instytut Slawistyki Zachodniej i Południowej, Université de Varsovie 
- Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
- Muzeum Literatury im. Adama Mickiewicza, Varsovie
- Centre de civilisation française, Université de Varsovie

Comité scientifique / Organisation :
Prof. Xavier Galmiche (Université Paris-Sorbonne / UMR Eur’Orbem) 
Prof. Alfrun Kliems (Université Humboldt, Berlin)
Dr Małgorzata Litwinowicz-Droździel (IKP UW)
Dr Weronika Parfianowicz-Vertun (IKP UW)
Prof. Paweł Rodak (Université Paris-Sorbonne / Centre de civilisation polonaise)

Ce colloque se donne pour objectif d’éclairer le plus largement possible l’expérience de « la sortie » de la Grande guerre, d’en décrypter témoignages, transcriptions, traces écrites et visuelles. Nous focaliserons notre recherche sur les documents intimes (mémoires, lettres), écrits populaires et éphémères (presse, affiches de propagande et d’information, annonces, inscriptions, etc), mais aussi sur les textes artistiques (littérature, musique, arts visuels).
Le champ de recherche concerne l’Europe centrale, une région plongée entre 14-18 dans une situation bien distincte de celle des Etats belligérants disposant du statut d’empire (Allemagne, l’Autriche-Hongrie, la France, la Grande-Bretagne, la Russie). Nous réfléchirons donc sur l’émergence et la formation de l’identité moderne dans ces régions qui entrent en guerre en tant que nations ou groupes ethniques constitutifs d’États multinationaux et qui en sortent comme organismes étatiques autonomes. Abordée de la perspective sociale et anthropologique que nous proposons, la fin de la guerre ne peut être considérée comme un moment précis (celui de la fin des hostilités militaires, du découpage des frontières, de la signature de divers traités), mais comme un processus qui a duré plusieurs mois, voire plusieurs années, pendant lequel une nouvelle existence était en train de naître et de se former selon les règles qui, elles aussi, étaient en cours de définition.
Le titre même du colloque, l’interrogation qu’il contient, suggère un doute quant à la possibilité d’établir un moment univoque de la fin de la Grande guerre et invite à réfléchir sur le caractère dynamique et progressif des événements. Notre sujet principal est abordé, entre autres, dans deux ouvrages récents : The Vanquished. Why the First World War failed to end, 1917-1923 (2016) de Robert Gerwarth (historien de University College, Dublin) ainsi que Nasza wojna (2014) (Notre guerre), deux volumes de Włodzimierz Borodziej et Maciej Górny (le premier volume, Imperia, porte sur les années 1912-1916 ; le second sera dédié aux années 1917-1923).
Trois catégories « expérience – témoignage – littérature » forment le sous-titre du colloque. Ces mots-clés, invitent à prendre en considération la relation entre le vécu quotidien pendant la guerre et l’après-guerre d’un côté, et d’un autre la diversité des formes et des pratiques qui permettent de transcrire cette expérience, de la pérenniser, noter, la transformer en un matériau littéraire. Elle s’accompagne aussi d’un ensemble complexe d’attitudes et d’émotions collectives : incertitude, enthousiasme, peur et espoir, impuissance et auto-organisation, violence et solidarité, le désir de l’ordre et la croissance des conflits et des hostilités, les sentiments communautaires qui engendrent en même temps la confrontation et la stigmatisation des « autres ». L’instabilité des frontières, les conflits intérieurs, dont ethniques, les révoltes et les actions militaires, la naissance des nouvelles structures étatiques, la reconstruction des pays après le passage des fronts, tout cela entre dans l’expérience dont il est question.
C’est précisément le décryptage des émotions qui accompagnaient la dernière période de la Grande guerre et celle de l’après-guerre immédiate, en Europe centrale, qui sera le sujet premier de ce colloque.
Parlant de l’Europe centrale, espace multi-ethnique, multinational, multiétatique, nous tenterons d’établir un lien entre l’analyse de la Grande guerre de la perspective nationale et l’effort de l’appréhender du point de vue comparatiste. Nous concevons ce projet comme une contribution pour repousser les limites des histoires vernaculaires tout en parlant de l’importance et de la spécificité de l’expérience que cette partie de l’Europe a vécue, au cours de cette période.
L’un de nos principaux objectifs est d’adresser aux spécialistes de littérature, aux historiens, aux historiens de la culture également, la proposition d’apporter un nouvel éclairage sur l’année 1918, et sur l’après-guerre, en Europe centrale, à travers une analyse – dans la mesure du possible – d’archives inédites, de textes oubliés (notes personnelles, textes publicitaires, textes littéraires), ce qui pourrait nous aider à dévoiler les caractéristiques « dynamiques », complexes de cette période. En plus de l’analyse de ces témoignages, il s’agit ici de réfléchir sur les pratiques qui les accompagnent, de découvrir les circuits grâce auxquels ces textes ont fonctionné et pris leur importance.
Le colloque fait partie du programme scientifique : La guerre est finie? Production écrite de et sur 1918 dans les écrits d’Europe centrale
Pour mesurer l’impact de l’année 1918 en Europe centrale et orientale, l’UMR Eur’ORBEM ( propose de mettre en réseau durant l’année 2018 les unités de recherche qui travaillent sur les phénomènes sociétaux et culturels de cette zone.
Veuillez envoyer votre déclaration initiale de votre participation à la conférence et le titre provisoire de votre intervention jusqu'au 15 décembre 2017 à :

Institut de la culture polonaise Université de Varsovie, UMR Eur’Orbem (Cultures et sociétés d’Europe orientale, balkanique et médiane), Centre de civilisation polonaise Paris-Sorbonne.

Basic information:
Deadline: 15-12-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Paweł Rodak
Project / event type: fellowships / grants
Organiser: German Kennedy Memorial Fellowship

The German Kennedy Memorial Fellowship

Deadline: 15-12-2017
Location: -


The German Kennedy Memorial Fellowship
Visiting Scholars Program
Deadline: December 15, 2017
In the 2018-2019 academic year, one German Kennedy Memorial Fellowship will be granted to an EU scholar of exceptional promise, who intends to pursue an academic career in Europe.
In the 2018-2019 academic year, one Kennedy Fellowship gifted by the German Government will be awarded to a non-German scholar from the European Union. The fellowship provides a stipend of $60,000 for 10 months of residential research between September and June. This fellowship is administered by CES and each application will be reviewed by the CES Steering Committee. Fellows are expected to attend a weekly Visiting Scholars seminar, where work in progress is presented to colleagues for feedback.
The goal of the German Kennedy Memorial Fellowship is to support EU scholars of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment, who intend to pursue academic careers in Europe. CES encourages applications in all social science disciplines and on any topic related to modern Europe or transatlantic relations. Applications are judged on the quality and significance of the proposed project and the applicant’s record of achievement and promise. Applicants will be notified of the selection process results by March 2018.
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
Be a citizen of a European Union member state other than Germany. (Candidates from Germany should apply for the Kennedy Fellowship for German nationals through a separate process directly to the DAAD. The deadline for applications has passed.)
Pursue an independent project on modern Europe in the social sciences, including history.
Possess a Ph.D. at the time of application. (Please note that applications from students in a degree program at the time of application submission will not be considered.)
Have completed their Ph.D. degree no more than 8 years prior to the application and have a track record of academic publications.
Commit to be in residence at CES for 10 months; applicants may not hold concurrent appointments.
Have excellent command of English.
Preference is given to applicants who intend to pursue academic careers in Europe.
How to Apply
Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria for the fellowship should submit their applications online by December 15, 2017.
Please review the additional information under Visiting Scholars before submitting an application. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.


Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

CFP: Jewish Museology Section - 11th Congress of the European Association for Jewish Studies

Deadline: 17-12-2017
Location: Kraków


The museology session will be an opportunity to present the experiences of various museums and discuss their activities and the new challenges they face. All subjects related to museology, with a focus on representations of Jewish traditions and the diversity of Jewish life, are warmly welcomed. Lectures devoted to collections, exhibitions, educational and cultural activities as well as newest technologies used in creating exhibitions are of especial interest.

Scholars in various disciplines (anthropology, sociology, history, memory studies, museology, art history, and political science, among others) and museum professionals, including curators and museum educators, are invited to submit their proposals.

Please send abstracts of proposed papers (up to 300 words) to

Proposals should include:

a title;
the name and affiliation of the participant;
e-mail address and telephone number;
information that the paper should be included in the Jewish Museology section.
Deadline for submitting the applications is: December 17.

Jagiellonian University

Basic information:
Deadline: 17-12-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Dr. Hanna Węgrzynek
Project / event type: publication
Organiser: American Association for State and Local History

Monument Culture: International Perspectives on the Future of Monuments in a Changing World

Deadline: 17-12-2017
Location: -


CFP: Monument Culture: International Perspectives on the Future of Monuments in a Changing World

In 2017, a year of difficult and often appalling events both on the national and international stage, monument culture unexpectedly became the centerpiece of discussion, protest, activism, and vandalism. Scholars and preservationists witnessed monument culture move from the margins to the center of society, both in the United States and in many other countries around the world. In order to capture contemporary approaches and attitudes to the quickly shifting terrain of monument culture, the American Association for State and Local History and Rowman & Littlefield have contracted a collection of essays, to be published in late 2018 under the title Monument Culture: International Perspectives on the Future of Monuments in a Changing World. The purpose of the edited volume is to acknowledge shared experiences through a wider perspective; to contribute to the work of the world-wide heritage community; and to document through publication the evolving approaches towards monument culture across the world, encouraging a more informed understanding of monuments and their meanings, especially useful for those outside of academia, including cultural heritage professionals and the interested public.

The geographic locale, time period, and disciplinary method is wide open—essays will be selected for a diverse yet balanced presentation of approach, place, material form, and subject matter. Essays should be accessible and provide content for meaningful discussions, helping readers to understand public monuments with contested meanings. Potential contributors should focus on presenting their topic for the use of museum and other heritage professionals as well as an informed public.  In order to capture contemporary monument culture interest and use, the timeline for publication is brisk and is as follows:

Call for Proposal circulates, with a deadline of December 17, 2017
Contributors selected for inclusion in edited volume contacted by December 31, 2017
Essays of approximately 3,500 to 4,000 words with accompanying image(s) and permissions due to editor by February 28, 2018
Editor Laura A. Macaluso, Ph.D. is the author of books and essays on art and history, with a focus on monuments, murals, and museums. This work includes Art of the Amistad and the Portrait of Cinqué (AASLH/Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) and the The Public Artscape of New Haven: Themes in the Creation of a City Image (McFarland, 2018).  Please send your questions and/or your 250-word proposals with a two-sentence biography by December 17, 2017 to

Rowman & Littlefield

Basic information:
Deadline: 17-12-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Laura A. Macaluso, Ph.D.
Deadline: 20-12-2017
Location: IRS Erkner


Exporting Socialism, Making Business? Intercultural Transfer, Circulation and Appropriations of Architecture in the Cold War Period
21-22 June 2018
IRS Erkner

Deadline for submissions: December 20, 2017

After WW II, architecture was used and misused as an ideological signifier for competing systems and for new national identities. Diverse actors and networks took part in architectural exchange within the blocks and beyond the Iron Curtain. Different aid projects posed an attempt to overcome political and economic divides, but at the same time they were often considered as foreign imposition or neo-colonial practice. Tensions between commercial interests and solidarity arose.
Against this background and referring to the growing scholarly interest for the multi-layered and multi-centred exchanges between the Global South and socialist as well as capitalist countries, we would like to investigate this issue in relation to architecture and constructing industry from an interdisciplinary perspective of architectural, urban and economic history as well as postcolonial studies and heritage preservation.

The conference focuses around five aspects:

I. Designing
What actors, institutions and networks worked on international architectural and urban planning projects on micro-, meso- and macro-scale? Which motives can be outlined? How was the challenge of designing in the abstract handled?
Which means and languages of architectural representation were chosen for international projects? How was this issue perceived from different perspectives (socialist, non-aligned, western)?
What role did ‘tropical architecture’ as a concept and subject in architectural teaching play?

II. Circulating
What were the geographies, temporalities and typologies of international architectural and urban planning projects?
How were ideas, knowledge and actors (such as experts and construction workers) circulated?
Which dynamics of bilateral and multilateral investments can be identified?

III. Appropriating
How were international projects adapted to different local circumstances (e.g. on climatic, cultural or economic level)?
Which local tensions arose due to the international projects? Where and how were the foreign investments contested? By whom?
How has been the international architectural heritage from the post-war era handled over the last decades?

IV. Feed-back mechanisms
What were the repercussions of international involvement on the architecture and urban planning in home countries?
How did the actors reflect upon the international involvement?
How were abroad projects presented in the experts’ discourse and in the media?

V. Framing
How were architectural projects influenced by the Cold War politics and economy (e.g. intra-block cooperation, power imbalance)? What was the ideological context of the architectural exchange (e.g. between different socialist countries around the world)?
Which role(s) assumed the CMEA and other international organisations in the construction industry?
Which concepts are relevant to the investigation of architectural projects (e.g. ‘multiple modernities’)? How can they be challenged?
Both case studies and cross-cutting analyses are welcome.
We strongly encourage submitting papers addressing the shifting the perspective to the non-European actors and their involvement in architectural projects.

Paper proposals (abstract of max. 450 words + short CV) should be addressed to both Dr. Andreas Butter ( and Dr. Monika Motylinska (


Project / event type: publication
Organiser: Masarykův ústav a Archiv AV ČR

Beyond Secularization. Religion in Culture, Society and Politics in Central Europe during the 19th and 20th Centuries

Deadline: 31-12-2017
Location: -


Beyond Secularization. Religion in Culture, Society and Politics in Central Europe during the 19th and 20th Centuries

Deadline : 31 December 2017
Publication languages: Czech, English, German
Journal Website:…/stred-centre-casopis-pro-mezioborov…
Full text of the journal:
Religion’s role and influence in the public sphere rises and falls in all socioeconomic contexts – pre-industrial, industrial, and post-industrial – something the inhabitants of Central Europe have once more become aware of, whether from a global or a local perspective. The mission and impact of religion are not necessarily connected and contingent on the growth of human knowledge, rationality, or technology. In fact, the retreat of religion from the public space and the privatization of religious values and practises did not imitate the processes of industrialization, urbanization, or political processes and changes. A critical view of the secularization paradigm is thus an integral part of current academic discussions. These are the perspectives through which the theme of the next Střed/Centre issue would like to examine the role of religion and the development and trajectory of the historiography of religion.
The field of inquiry should not be limited only to traditional institutional entities, but should also focus on smaller and peripheral religious communities and sects (spiritism, atheist movements). With the theme of this issue we would like to go beyond the traditional and dominant topics of the establishment of national churches, political catholicism, diplomatic relations, and biographies of religious community leaders towards a consideration of religious thought and practise within regions, industrial areas, among social groups, generations, and in terms of gender. Also welcome are contributions that connect social and cultural history with religious history and other historical and social sciences. We will appreciate contributions on how society was shaped according to the religious and confessional principle, the relationship between religion and violence, the transfer of modern religious movements and currents, reactions to social and economic problems and changes, or different types of religiosity (among workers, women, young people, veterans, in pastors’ appeals to industrial society, the life of smaller and marginal religious communities and sects). We are also interested in how religious motifs and practices are imprinted upon the relationships that form identities, everyday life, inform decision-making processes, or the methodological reflection of the (Central) European historiography of religion.


Basic information:
Deadline: 31-12-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Masarykův ústav a Archiv AV ČR
Project / event type: workshops
Organiser: Federal Association Information and Advice for Sur

Call for Participation: Descendants of Victims of Nazi Persecution

Deadline: 05-01-2018
Location: Cologne


Call for Papers – Call for Participation in Two Working Groups on “Descendants of Victims of Nazi Persecution”

The Federal Association Information and Advice for Survivors of Nazi Persecution (Bundesverband Information & Beratung für NS-Verfolgte e.V.) (Federal Association) is calling for participation in two moderator-led working groups on historico-political education and psychosocial issues, respectively, in relation to the work of and to working with descendants of victims of Nazi persecution.

The two-day working groups will meet on 11/12 April and 7/8 June 2018 in Cologne. The results will be presented to the public on 11 October 2018 and be published (in German, English and Russian) on the Federal Association’s website once the project has been closed.

Both interdisciplinary working groups held concurrently will act as platforms for international researchers and professionals to exchange information on current issues concerning descendants of victims of Nazi persecution. We invite experts and committed individuals who have been investigating the issue of “descendants of victims” to participate in the working groups that aim to provide opportunity to share information on fields of work and discuss ways of cooperation. We intend to join efforts in order to develop and discuss new ideas, giving research and practice new impetus.

Forms and effects of passing on the traumatic experience of Nazi persecution within families have been the subject of debate for some time now. The descendants themselves do experience this transmission; yet, there is some controversy whether it is taking place in a particular form. Together with their parents, descendants of survivors have significantly shaped the reappraisal of National Socialism. Descendants of victims talk about Nazi crimes and their links to current forms of group-focused enmity in schools, at panel discussions, in old and new media, at memorials or on guided city tours. We want to examine in how far their present work could inspire future activity.
At the same time, descendants of victims of Nazi persecution have socio-psychological needs. There are different views on whether social continuities after 1945 and current discrimination issues play an important role in reappraising and coming to terms with the past. In this context, one should keep in mind what effects and impact the persecution has (had) on families, the children of the persecuted and on subsequent generations. It would be interesting to look at and compare continuities after 1945 and their effects on the intra-family transmission of persecution exposure at an international level. Another relevant question would be what course future remembrance work may take.

If you are interested in participating, please click on the respective link to view the Call for Papers for the appropriate working group:

Working group on “Psychosocial Issues” (Code: AG 1)

Working group on “Historico-Political Education” (Code: AG 2)

Please send an (1) abstract (max 3000 characters) as well as a (2) short bio (max 1000 characters) as PDF no later than 5 January to one of the following e-mail addresses, indicating which working group you would like to participate in (AG 1 or AG 2):; Speeches in one official language (German/English) are simultaneously interpreted into the other official languages. Within two weeks after the submission deadline the moderators will decide who is going to be invited to take part in the working groups. This decision is based on criteria such as internationality and diversity of approaches.
The Federal Association Information and Advice for Survivors of Nazi Persecution will cover travel and accommodation costs, provided that the German Travel Expense Law (Bundesreisekostengesetz) is complied with.

We are looking forward to your active participation.

AG 1 - Call for Papers:

Call for Participation: Working Group on Psychosocial Issues

Experiences, biographies as well as challenges of descendants of victims of Nazi persecution have become the subject of increased debate among experts. This working group sets out to promote international and interdisciplinary networking regarding psychosocial work in order to establish common issues and name differences in a coordinated manner. Up to now, there has been little international exchange on psychosocial aspects and needs of subsequent generations in different countries and on what role the cultural and national context plays in dealing with descendants and in their coming-to-terms with the past. We aim to overcome this deficit and to invite researchers and psychosocial workers (e.g. social workers, psychologists, psychotherapists, doctors, educationists, nursing staff) to be part of this working group. We want to do our part in the reappraisal of this genocide of unprecedented proportions and its aftermath from a multi-generational perspective. This includes addressing practical aspects and issues often overlooked in theoretical debate. This is why we want to encourage exchange on how immediate descendants of victims and subsequent generations are affected by the persecution suffered by their ancestors.

In the late 1950s, the specialised psychosocial and medical public started looking into the effects of Nazi persecution, often discussing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and their impact on descendants of victims (i.e. their children, yet also subsequent generations). Recent scientific research refers to the possibility of transgenerational transmission of trauma through epigenetic mechanisms. We wish to discuss various approaches within an international and interdisciplinary working group.

Those interested in participating in this working group are invited to submit an abstract (max 3000 characters) addressing one or several of the questions listed below, accompanied by a brief bio.

•    Do descendants of victims of Nazi persecution share specific symptoms or patterns?
•    What role does trauma transmission play?
•    Are there any specific epigenetic patterns to families with a background of Nazi persecution?
•    Are there any accumulations of psychiatric and psychosomatic diseases?
•    Are there any current psychosocial needs?
•    What resilience factors help prevent or limit negative trauma effects?

•    In how far are offers and experiences from working with the first generation accessible to affected descendants of victims?
•    What offers or approaches from psychosocial work may be transferred and adapted?
•    Which groups of affected individuals have been overlooked?

•    Are there any specific victim/perpetrator constellations in subsequent generations?
•    What about particular sub-groups, e.g. individuals of subsequent generations that shamefully hide their descent from the union between victims and perpetrators?

•    What special competences, experiences and resources do members of subsequent generations have? What are the challenges of resource activation approaches?

•    Is there any present discrimination as return of the repressed?

Moreover, we encourage addressing questions not listed here or questions debating the issue further.


AG 2 - Call for Papers:

Call for Participation: Working Group on Historico-Political Education

This working group encourages scientific exchanges between international experts and professionals. It would be desirable to pool and combine available knowledge and identify methods to use descendants’ knowledge for historico-political education. Key points would be to review exemplary projects of remembrance culture or memorial education projects as well as to promote intergenerational dialogue.

A point worth considering would be what specific momentum descendants of victims of Nazi persecution may provide. To this end, it must be clarified what research has already been conducted in this field and what conclusions may be drawn for the future.

Immediately after the Second World War, many survivors of Nazi persecution engaged in active remembrance work. In the 1970s at the latest, descendants of victims (the subsequent generations) began significantly shaping the political and social reappraisal of National Socialist tyranny. Drawing on their specific knowledge, they have written books, made films and created art projects. The subsequent generations deal with the effects of the persecution suffered by their parents or grandparents and thus draw conclusions from the past to politically shape our present society.
Worldwide, descendants of victims have contributed to educational projects either as individuals or as part of organizations, drawing on their own coming-to-terms with Nazi history.

The notion of trauma and theories on transgenerational transmission of history can be made available for use in research and historico-political education. This includes the interaction between private and public remembrance culture, contemporary as well as national, European and international contexts. The aim is to work on historico-political education approaches considerate of the experience of those persecuted to inspire scientific and socio-political debate.

If you are engaged e.g. in historico-political education regarding victim groups of National Socialism or deal with the topics described from a historical, sociological or anthropological perspective, you are invited to participate in this working group. Historico-political education often looks at individual persecution backgrounds and compares them. The Federal Association wishes to encourage the exchange on differences and commonalities of these perspectives.

Those interested in participating in this working group are invited to submit an abstract (max 3000 characters) addressing one or several of the questions listed below, accompanied by a brief bio.

•    What concepts have descendants of victims of Nazi persecution developed to come to terms with the past? Are there any differences between countries?
•    What research on historico-political education has been developed and conducted by subsequent generations?
•    What role do subsequent generations play in institutional historico-political education?
•    What is their current contribution to the politics of remembrance – where may or should descendants act as initiators?
•    In how far are country-specific and family-biographical approaches taken into account in creating educational opportunities?

•    In how far may the perspective of the victims be integrated into historico-political education?
•    What transmission contexts need to be considered depending on the individual persecuted groups?
•    What challenges does the cooperation between descendants of victims and unaffected individual present?  

•    What possible developments does historico-political education work offer?
•    What momentum may descendants of victims give to future European or global remembrance work?
•    What historical contexts of remembrance and compensation culture after 1945 need to be considered?
•    What links do exist between public and private remembrance, between remembrance work and anti-discrimination?


Moreover, we encourage addressing questions not listed here or questions debating the issue further.

Further information can be found here:


The project is funded by the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future (EVZ) and the Federal Foreign Office.

Association of Jewish Refugees Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste e. V. / Action Reconciliation Service for Peace AMCHA Deutschland / AMCHA Germany Arbeitskreis für Intergenerationelle Folgen des Holocaust – ehem. PAKH e.V. ESRA Fundacji Polsko-Niemieckie Pojednanie / Foundation for Polish-German Reconciliation Gegen Vergessen – Für Demokratie e. V. JDC- Israel Eshel KZ-Gedenkstätte Dachau / Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site KZ-Gedenkstätte Neuengamme / Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial Synagogen-Gemeinde Köln Živá paměť

Basic information:
Deadline: 05-01-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Adina Dymczyk
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Yale University

Memorialization Unmoored: The Virtualization of Material Mediums of Social Memory

Deadline: 05-01-2018
Location: Yale University


Reflections on the Aftermaths of War and Genocide Symposium

Memorialization Unmoored: The Virtualization of Material Mediums of Social Memory

March 8 - 9, 2018
Hosted by the Genocide Studies Program, Yale University
Memory in the aftermath of war and genocide has predominantly been represented in museums as collections of artifacts and limited digital displays, and also as physical memorials. However, there are many other ways in which the memory of war and genocide is represented – or produced. Nonmuseum, and usually non-state, actors such as private individuals and charitable foundations have sought to understand the past and its multiple histories and/or to commemorate victims and memories of mass violence. Their efforts to do so include collecting everyday mediums of memory such as material objects, as well as organizing and recording artistic and ritual performances.
Collections such as these have the power to unify or divide, to evoke nostalgia, grief, trauma, or solace, and to shape national and cultural narratives. As archives, mementos, memoirs, photographs and other memorabilia are being digitized, post-war (and post-atrocity) narratives can become decentralized and democratized, while subverting the conventional wisdom even – especially – with respect to narratives to which a consensus had seemingly come. The speed and volume of these efforts has been increasing at staggering rates with potentials and implications that are only marginally understood. With this trend comes a greater freedom for individuals to construct their own basis of memory, and at the same time has the power to deconstruct other memories.
This symposium aims to take a closer look at the impact of such collections on recoveries in the aftermath of violence. The symposium asks whether these phenomena have changed the way survivors and their descendants interpret the pasts, how the new stories have they ushered have influence people’s connections with places and histories, and how they might also have opened up old wounds or changed historical interpretations. Ultimately, we wish to ask whether privately initiated memorialization efforts have promoted reconciliation and if these vast resources could or should be put to use in helping societies and individuals recover from mass violence.
We are particularly interested in projects that address subjects like: 
o The development and proliferation of loci of memory beyond state-controlled and state-sanctioned enterprises; 
o The uses, interpretations, and implications of access to such sources;
o The influence upon conventional understandings of particular episodes of mass atrocity – and of mass atrocity itself, more generally – that might result from these collections; 
o Issues of ownership and control of information pertaining simultaneously to historical episodes and personal history 
o The challenges of preservation and authenticity in such circumstances; 
o Future directions of non-official digital collections, including technological issues and potential ethical concerns.
The symposium will take place at Yale University on March 8 and 9, 2018. It will begin with a keynote event in the late afternoon of the 8th, followed by a group dinner. There will then be a series of panel discussions throughout the day on the 9th.
The symposium aims to advance the Reflections Consortium’s continued conversation on the aftermaths of war and genocide, while leaving open possibilities of generating published projects. Participation is open to scholars as well as practitioners. Please submit an abstract of your proposed contribution to Eve Zucker at by January 5, 2018.


Basic information:
Deadline: 05-01-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Eve Zucker
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Royal Anthropologiccal Institute

Art, Materiality and Representation

Deadline: 08-01-2018


CONFERENCE Art, Materiality and Representation
WHEN June 1-3, 2018
WHERE #BritishMuseum, #CloreCentre and #SOAS, Senate House, London, UK
CALL FOR PAPERS closes January 8, 2018
ORGANIZER Royal Anthropologiccal Institute #RAI
Highly relevant panels include, but are not limited to
- Ambivalence about art: dilemmas for ethnographic museums
- Humanism in the Anthropology Museum?
- The Future of Anthropological Representation: Contemporary Art and/in the #EthnographicMuseum
- For an anthropology of the art world: Exploring institutions, actors and art works between circulation and territorialisation processes
- Museums as contested terrains: Memory work and politics of representation in Greater China
- Ethnography and the #repatriation of artistic heritage
- Redefining the curator, curatorial practice, and curated spaces in anthropology
- The Performativity of Matter: Decolonial Materialist Practices in/from the Global South
- A Museum of Architecture: Challenging Representation(s)



Basic information:
Deadline: 08-01-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Royal Anthropologiccal Institute
Project / event type: fellowships / grants
Organiser: Centre for Memory, Narrative and Histories

PhD studentships at the Centre for Memory, Narrative and Histories

Deadline: 08-01-2018
Location: University of Brighton


Fully funded PhD studentships at the Centre for Memory, Narrative and Histories, Brighton
The Centre for Memory, Narrative and Histories (CMNH) at the University of Brighton invites applications for AHRC/TECHNE fully funded doctoral studentships commencing October 2018 on topics concerning the cultural significance of the past for lived experience, social relationships, politics and identities in the present and in the future. Trans/interdisciplinary in ethos, the CMNH offers supervisory expertise to students working in and across a range of disciplines including history, cultural studies, literature, memory studies, social anthropology, cultural geography, art, media, film and visual studies, performance studies, critical theory, sociology, psycho-social studies, critical heritage studies, and narratology.
CMNH has particular research interests in the following thematic project areas:
Contesting Britain at War;
Heritage in the Twenty-First Century;
History and Cultural Memory of Twentieth-Century World Wars;
Medical Life Histories: Patient Memories, Reminiscences and Life Writings;
Negotiating ‘the Past’ in Post–Conflict Spaces;
Reparative Histories: Radical Narratives of 'Race' and Resistance;
The Northern Ireland Troubles: Histories, Memories, Silences in Conflict Transformation.
Applications for PhD studies in these areas, and on topics that address the relation between powerful or official memories, narratives and histories and those which give expression to subordinate, marginalised and neglected historical experience, are especially welcome. Proposals concerned with any practice that produces understandings and representations of ‘the past’ (including oral history, remembrance and commemoration, public history and heritage, autobiography, and history-making in popular culture as well as academic scholarship), and that relates to the interests of individual supervisors, are also welcome. For further details about our thematic project areas, research interests and activities, staff and current research students, see
These studentships are offered by the University of Brighton’s Doctoral College of Arts and Humanities. For information about the awards, eligibility and application process, and to download application forms, go to…/stude…/techne-ahrc-studentships. Applications supported by the Centre for Memory, Narrative and Histories have had a good success rate in previous years.
For advice on an application and potential supervision contact Prof Graham Dawson or Dr Anita Rupprecht
Initial deadline for applications to the University of Brighton: 8 January 2018. Final deadline for applications to TECHNE: 22 February 2018.
Please circulate widely to potential applicants.


Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Manchester Metropolitan University

Pictures of War: The Still Image in Conflict since 1945

Deadline: 12-01-2018
Location: Manchester Metropolitan University


Pictures of War: The Still Image in Conflict since 1945
Manchester Metropolitan University

24-25 May 2018

Deadline: 12/01/2018

Prof. Jim Aulich, Mary Ikoniadou, Fionna Barber and Dr Simon Faulkner, Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University. Dr Paul Lowe, London College of Communication, UAL. Dr Gary Bratchford, University of Central Lancashire.

A conference on the intersections of conflict and pictures from the end of WWII until today.

Since the end of World War II, the nature and depiction of geopolitical conflicts have changed in technology, scale and character. The Cold War political landscape saw many struggles for liberation and national identity becoming proxy battlegrounds for the major powers. In the aftermath of anti-colonial conflicts, refugees and migrants who had relocated to the former metropolises joined those already fighting for civil equality in these countries. Wars continue to be waged in the name of democracy and terror, and in the interests of linguistic, theological and racial worldviews. Migration and displacement as a result of conflict are again at the top of the agenda.

As the technologies of war have shifted, so have the technologies of making pictures. This conference seeks to engage with these phenomena through critically engaged approaches to the processes of visualisation, their methodologies and epistemologies that will contribute to our understanding of the ways conflicts are pictured. The intention is to expand the field of enquiry beyond localised, thematic or media-specific approaches and to encourage new perspectives on the material and visual cultures of pictures.

We invite scholars, artists and activists interested in the study of images and pictures in their own right, with their own and admittedly interdependent discourses and visual and material capacities for producing knowledge and meaning (Mitchell, 2005). We are interested in presentations that consider the temporal and physical mobility of pictures and their visual, material, affective, political and economic value from multi and interdisciplinary positions. The subject of the conference will be examined through the following themes:

Call Themes:

A Heritage of Images
In looking at and in producing pictures, academics and practitioners are often aware of what Fritz Saxl called A Heritage of Images (1957) in self-conscious or subliminal ways. Pictorial accounts of contemporary conflicts arguably depend for their affectivity and recognisability upon their resonance with already existing historical depictive traditions. Contributions to this strand would seek to interrogate the idea that visibility (Ranciere, 2004; Butler, 2009) is manifested in pictorial images, and to investigate how far what pictures depict and represent is dependent on the ability to recover the past in the present: 'namely, that images with a meaning peculiar to their own time place, once created, have a magnetic power to attract other ideas into their sphere; that they can suddenly be forgotten and remembered again after centuries of oblivion.' (Saxl, 1947).

Pictures on the Move, Visualising Solidarities
The various expressions of solidarity have created pictures that reflected and inspired affinities and networks of possibilities beyond their intended aims and specific trajectories. Visual and material manifestations across ideological, ethnic and national borders, range from international solidarity in the struggles against totalitarianism in its various forms, colonialism, militarism and racism, as well as in demand for equal rights for women, LGBTQ individuals, refugees, and migrants. hat kind of discourses do manifestations of solidarity trigger, and what kind of pictures do they produce? How do they vary across time and from one place to another? What are the different ways that they have shaped individual and collective identities and imaginations? Contributions can include but are not limited to: revolutionary, embodied, spatial and affective solidarities; Cold War official and unofficial networks, the solidarity of/with the displaced; notions of re-framing, undoing and decolonising in relation to visual interpretations of solidarity; failed attempts and their visual and material cultures.

Witnesses to Existence: The ethics of Aesthetics

The ethical challenges to the visual representation of conflict are deeply problematic. The ongoing dilemma for photographers of suffering lies in the interplay between the desire to engender a social good - the ending of exploitation, discrimination or extermination - with the desire not to expose the victim to further unnecessary suffering, either in the performative act of being photographed, or the re-performative act of displaying that image to an audience. Concentrating on the practice of imagemakers, contributions will examine the visual strategies deployed by photographers in response to these challenges, including the role of advocacy photography in human rights work, the genre of aftermath photography, the forensic turn, and the role of alternative dissemination spaces like the gallery and museum.

Visual Activism and the Middle East

Conflicts are no longer the major global events they once were. Rather than exceptional events on isolated battlefields major-power conflict have been largely neutralised. Where conflicts do persist, they can become routine and unexceptional, an everyday disruption that people adapt to and endure. How do visual activists record relationships between everyday life and larger forces of domination, disruption and change as a consequence of ongoing conflict as a form of resistance? 
With an emphasis on the middle-east, this strand will discuss the evolving relationship between visual activism, political resistance and photographic practices. In doing so, it will consider proposals that seek to explore how such acts of visibility making, including but not limited to traditional photographic practices, can exist or meet at a number of social, spatial and artistic intersections and/or can be understood as having multiple functions.

Pictures, Conflicts, Modes of Transmission

Pictures of conflict, especially those involving forms of documentation or reportage, have generally been dependent on technologies of transmission. These technologies have enabled pictures of conflict to be moved across geographical distances, to be technically reproduced, and to be circulated amongst spectators. They have included 'wire' systems for the rapid movement of images between distant points, different forms of printing and mass reproduction, and more recently, Internet-based social media platforms that have enabled professionals and citizens alike to upload and transmit pictures of contemporary conflict situations. This strand seeks to explore both historical and contemporary situations involving relationships between the visual representation of conflict and modes of transmission, asking how have such modes of transmission shaped the form and politics of pictures of military and political confrontations and struggles?

The Unresolvable Past: Post-Conflict Trauma and Representation

The persistence of traumatic memory is a recognisable part of post-conflict culture, often re-emerging long after the events that caused it have ceased. As Bennett (2005) suggests, it is art's affective power that enables it to go beyond apparent claims to the objective documentation of conflict in that the form of the work itself helps to convey more elliptical forms of understanding. This strand invites papers that engage with the active and selective representation of themes related to post-conflict trauma within visual or material culture. To what extent, for example, can narration or depiction provide a means of dealing with the cataclysmic past, and can this process ever be complete, or even sufficient?

The conference will take place at Manchester Metropolitan University on 24th & 25th May 2018. We will soon be announcing a workshop/conference day for funded postgraduates (23rd May) in our blog:


Basic information:
Deadline: 12-01-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Manchester Metropolitan University
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: AHRC research network on 'Legacies of the Roma Gen

Tracing the Legacies of the Romani Genocide: Transnational and Comparative Perspectives

Deadline: 15-01-2018
Location: Paris


Tracing the Legacies of the Romani Genocide: Transnational and Comparative Perspectives

Paris, Musée National d'Histoire de l'Immigration

Deadline: 15/01/2018

Arts and Humanities Research Council Network 'Legacies of the Romani Genocide in Europe since 1945' / University of Liverpool; Centre Georg Simmel, CNRS; École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris This workshop explores the legacies of the genocide of Europe's Roma in transnational and comparative perspective. We are particularly interested in three aspects of this history: the production and circulation of knowledge about the genocide from 1945 until today, the ways in which these cognitive frameworks have shaped institutional and legal practices, and the individuals and communities (Roma and non-Roma) whose personal histories intersected with - and shaped - these transformations of knowledge and institutions since 1945.

We invite participants to interrogate the consequences of the Romani genocide in national and international contexts, and to reflect on the circulation and transfer of knowledge and institutional practices across national borders, including connections between eastern and western Europe, or Europe and non-European countries. We welcome case studies from different parts of Europe, including communist, liberal democratic, and authoritarian regimes, and invite speakers to take a critical approach to the writing of Romani history within national frameworks.

Themes might include public memory; national or international responses to restitution, migration, welfare, health, sexuality, or education; representations of the Romani genocide in popular culture; continuities and discontinuities in international police cooperation, medical discourses and practices (for example, regarding reproductive rights, sterilisation, or public health), or debates about segregation and integration of Roma in schools. Papers might also take a transnational perspective when exploring cultural and social responses to genocide in postwar Romani history, such as postwar migrations; commemorative practices within Romani communities; or local, national, European, or global Roma rights movements.

The genocide of Roma and Sinti during World War II is crucial for understanding the postwar history of Roma families and communities across Europe. Hundreds of thousands of Roma and Sinti were killed as a direct result of racial policies pursued by the German state, its allies, and other European states between 1933 and 1945. Yet although the mechanisms and scope of the Roma Holocaust are now partially understood, the legacies of mass killing, ghettoization, sterilization and slave labour for first-, second- and third-generation survivors are still unknown. The trauma of the mid-twentieth-century genocide as well as its contested recognition by majority societies is paramount for understanding the persistent discrimination against European Roma today.

This workshop is part of a series of events that explores how the legacies of genocide have shaped the social, political and cultural history of Roma and Sinti since 1945. As an international network of historians, social scientists, scholars of language and culture, and Roma communities, we aim to investigate the ways in which past experiences and memories of persecution and violence have influenced family histories, political and social identities, and state-society relations amongst Roma and Sinti in different parts of Europe since 1945. Previous events have explored sources and methodologies in postwar Romani history (Liverpool, July 2017) and families as transmitters of experience and memory (Prague, September 2017). Through its broad geographical focus, our network explores under-researched topics such as the legacies of wartime deportation of Romanian Roma to Transnistria, alongside more familiar sites of memory, such as the Auschwitz Gypsy camp. We are thus aiming to promote much-needed comparative and transnational perspectives on the history of Roma in post-war Europe.

There is an increasing body of work on the Roma genocide or the Roma experience of occupied Europe but this work is still fragmented. The literature on attempts to come to terms with the Roma Holocaust after 1945 is also very small and largely centred on Germany. There is almost no historical scholarship on the postwar history of Roma in other parts of Europe. Scholarship in the social sciences tackling questions such as migration, socioeconomic exclusion and struggles for citizenship or human rights frequently references wartime persecution in relation to contemporary forms of discrimination but these connections often remain intuitive and have not been systematically explored by historians. Our network is thus connecting scholarship in the field of Romani Studies to broader debates about the legacies of genocide in contemporary European history.

Celia Donert (University of Liverpool)
Eve Rosenhaft (University of Liverpool)
Ilsen About (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris)

Organized by the AHRC research network on 'Legacies of the Roma Genocide in Europe since 1945' (University of Liverpool) and the Centre Georg Simmel, CNRS/École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.

Please submit abstracts of 200-300 words and a brief CV by 15 January 2018 to Celia Donert ( and Eve Rosenhaft ( We will make a decision on submissions by the end of January 2018.

We expect to be able to cover travel and accommodation costs for all speakers.

Organized by the AHRC research network on 'Legacies of the Roma Genocide in Europe since 1945' (University of Liverpool) and the Centre Georg Simmel, CNRS/École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

Basic information:
Deadline: 15-01-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Celia Donert
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: University of Leeds

Archives of Resistance: Cosmopolitanism, Memory and World Literature

Deadline: 15-01-2018
Location: University of Leeds


Archives of Resistance: Cosmopolitanism, Memory and World Literature

Three-day International Conference
University of Leeds, June 20-22 2018

The rise to prominence of the field of ‘world literature’ is simultaneous with that of cosmopolitanism and memory studies. Often examined separately, they are in many ways connected. On the one hand, world literature might be understood as an archive of traumatic, world-historical transitions to capitalist modernity and its most violent (and continued) consequences; on the other, it might also be understood – more optimistically – as a repository of the cosmopolitan universality that has resisted capital’s predations. At the same time, these discourses are themselves imbricated in the very world-systemic violence they record and resist: world literature has been described by Franco Moretti as a system that is ‘one, and unequal’, part of the ‘struggle for symbolic hegemony across the world’; the theoretical universality of cosmopolitanism has been accused of violently eliding socio-cultural specificities in a manner akin to the indifferent universality of capital; meanwhile, memory and trauma studies tend towards an emphasis on finitude which philosophers such as Alain Badiou and Bruno Bosteels have provocatively argued is intrinsic to a new conservatism opposed to radical politics.

The aim of this three-day conference is thus to establish new critical positions in the burgeoning field of world literature, to provide critical interventions in current debates over the relation between world literature, cosmopolitanism, and memory studies, and to connect these debates to contemporary incarnations of capitalist modernity: refugee crises, neo-fascisms and environmental disaster. The conference proposes a four-part investigation:

Resisting World Literature
How does world literature as literature resist? What is the relation between the global circulation of literature and the violent proliferation of walls, camps and borders across the world? How does world literature internalise, formalise or repress these borders? To what extent does a selective reduction of world literature to a melancholy archive of trauma and suffering reinforce contemporary exploitation and oppression? Is there common ground between theories of world literature inspired by world-systems theory and those more closely associated with cosmopolitanism and memory studies?
Beyond (Liberal) Humanism
If the Bildungsroman is the archetypal ‘human rights’ form, which literary forms embody the experience of those who cannot actualise their human rights? If memory, cosmopolitanism and world literature are said to inculcate ‘empathy,’ what might be said for indifference, impersonality or impassivity? How have memory studies and trauma theory responded to accusations of Eurocentrism and anthropocentrism? What is the relation between liberalism and world literature?
How might the concept of world literature be related to periods of world-historical lateness (e.g., Erich Auerbach’s postwar lament over the demise of Weltliteratur through ‘standardisation’)? If ‘postmodernism’ is the cultural logic of ‘late’ capitalism, what is the cultural logic of ‘late fascism’ (Toscano)? How is Utopia imagined under conditions of ‘nostalgia for a post-utopian industrial modernity’ (Toscano)? What is the relation of cosmopolitanism and memory to lateness? Does there exist a ‘late style’ of world literature?
Archives of the Future
How does world literature write the Anthropocene/ Capitalocene? How is the circulation of memories being shaped by diverse contemporary factors such as mass migration, refugee crises, environmental disaster and digital culture? How might world literature be reconceived as a counter-archive of resistant futurity? What is the role of collective memory in forging anti-capitalist solidarity?
By combining an investigation of resistance, the limits of liberalism, lateness and futurity, we aim to explore the idea of world literature as an archive of resistance.

Further topics may include, but are not limited to:

Economic crisis
Combined and uneven development
Postcolonialism and decolonial struggles
Animal studies
Biopolitics/ necropolitics
Settler colonialism
Indigenous studies
Literary sociology (e.g., print culture, book market, UNESCO)
Please send proposals (maximum 300 words) and short biographies for 20-minute papers to Dr Daniel Hartley ( by January 15th 2018.

Conference Organisers:

Professor Stuart Taberner (University of Leeds)
Dr Daniel Hartley (University of Leeds)

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Professor Mariano Siskind (Harvard University)
Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge (University of East Anglia)
Professor Charles Forsdick (University of Liverpool)
Professor Janice Carruthers (Queens University Belfast)

This event is sponsored by Professor Stuart Taberner’s Leverhulme Project: “Traumatic Pasts, Cosmopolitanism, and Nation-Building in Contemporary World Literature.”


Basic information:
Deadline: 15-01-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Dr Daniel Hartley
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
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: 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
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