Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: European Academy of Science

Cultural Landscapes in Central and Eastern Europe after World War II and the Collapse of Communism

Deadline: 28-02-2018
Location: Wrocław, Poland


Cultural Landscapes in Central and Eastern Europe after World War II and the Collapse of Communism

Wrocław, Poland
19-21 September 2018

The end of World War II saw large parts of Central European countries in ruin. The borders were changed after the Potsdam conference, leading to mass deportations and resettlement of millions of people. Vast areas of multi-ethnic borderlands that had been typical of the pre-World War II Eastern and Central Europe turned in most cases into monoethnic states. Cultural and national diversity, which had been the hallmark of what Hanna Arendt called "the belt of mixed populations", albeit not without strife or conflict, virtually disappeared in most communist states, with the exception of Romania and the Yugoslavian federation. Landscape, always a palimpsest of human and natural layering in time, held traces of that erased presence of people exterminated during the war or evicted afterwards. The communist states began also the push toward modernization and collectivization, profoundly changing rural and urban landscapes. At the same time landscape became a crucial ideological arena for the communist state on which the successful story of human command of nature for the common good of the people was to be played out.

As witness and active agent of key historical events such as uprisings, wars, burials and revivals, landscape was the repository of national history and memory, contributing an essential scenery for commemoration practices. Irreversible damage to natural resources done by heavy industry was covered up with the politics of conservationism and ecological responsibility.

After the breakthrough of 1989, landscape was fundamentally transformed again by sweeping changes that affected the economy and created hybrid combinations of industrial and post-industrial urban space. Moreover, government was decentralized and the new freedom was used to construct new collective identities (a turn to regional forms of belonging, transborder solidarities and common histories and, at the same time, a weakening of centralised national affiliations). Likewise, privatization of space commodified landscape, challenging the sense of commonality in the experience of public space, while, on the other hand, civic thinking about ecology and environmental openness gained ground.

We would like to invite scholars in the field of humanities and social sciences who will share their perspectives on the reordering of physical and social space in Central Europe after World War II and after the collapse of communism.

The following points, among others, could provide prompts for our discussions:
Landscapes of genocide, border shifts, forced removals and resettlements – spectral landscapes;
Rebuilding cityscapes during socialism and after;
Environmentalism, nature conservation, exploitation of the natural environment;
Heritage, memory, and commemoration: landscape and cultural politics;
The solace of cultivated and wild nature: parks, cemeteries, gardens, nature reserves;
Commodification, tourism and landscape;
(Post)industrial, technical and military landscapes – picking mushrooms after Chernobyl; 
Struggles over nature: reclaiming wilderness, nature reserves, environmentalism, development, farming;
Reclaiming locality after 1989 – environment, habitat, new regionalism;
Representing and imagining landscape in literature and visual arts

The conference will be held in Wrocław, Poland, 19-21 September 2018. It is a joint venture between the European Academy of Science / Academia Europaea (Knowledge Hub, Wrocław) and the Faculty of Philology of the University of Wrocław.

A selection of papers will be published. The conference is part of a series of symposia, which bring together established scholars with early career researchers, particularly from East Central Europe.

Invited speakers
Jennifer Croft (freelance translator)
Mariusz Czepczyński (Gdańsk University)
Tassilo Herrschel (University of Westminster, London)
Kristin Kopp (University of Missouri)
Roma Sendyka (Jagiellonian University, Kraków)
Gregor Thum (University of Pittsburgh)
Frank Uekotter (University of Birmingham)
Craig Young (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Tomasz Zarycki (University of Warsaw)

The registration is available at: Submit a 300-word proposal, a curriculum vitae with a list of publications by 28 February, 2018. All applicants will be notified about the selection of participants before 30 April, 2018.

Presenters are required to submit a 3,000-5,000 word description or excerpt (i.e., chapter, article, etc.) to be circulated among participants by 15 August, 2018. All workshop participants are asked to read these submissions prior to the workshop. The paper should be an unpublished one. Presenters who do not meet the submission deadline will not be able to present their work.


FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS: The organizers will cover the conference fee and the costs of accommodation (up to 4 nights), travel (up to a certain maximum: Western Europe – up to 100 EUR; Central and Eastern Europe – up to 150 EUR) and insurance.

Organising Committee
Stanley Bill (University of Cambridge)
Hana Cervinkova (University of Lower Silesia, Wrocław, Poland
Pieter Emmer (History, Leiden & Academia Europaea)
Siegfried Huigen (Dutch and South African Studies, Wrocław & Academia Europaea)
Dorota Kołodziejczyk (Postcolonial Studies Centre, Wrocław)
Katarzyna Majkowska (Academia Europaea)
Tomasz Zarycki (Sociology, Warsaw)

All correspondence, including submission of proposals and final papers, must be addressed to: Katarzyna Majkowska ( or via

European Academy of Science / Academia Europaea (Knowledge Hub, Wrocław) and the Faculty of Philology of the University of Wrocław

Basic information:
Deadline: 28-02-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Katarzyna Majkowska
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: University of Innsbruck

CFP: Europe’s Staging – Staging Europe

Deadline: 28-02-2018
Location: Innsbruck


Europe’s Staging – Staging Europe

University of Innsbruck
28.06.2018 - 29.06.2018

German Version follows

In the context of contemporary performing arts it should, firstly, be stated that theatre is declared as the venue of negotiation for political and social questions and that, secondly, (and as a consequence thereof) Europe is staged in specified ways; thematic positing such as negotiations of borders, construction of identities or history as weave between fact and fiction are worth mentioning here. It is no coincidence that models of theatre resonate with contemporary playwriting and staging practices where theatre and politics have been articulated explicitly or alternative models of society have been designed. They carry, among others, documentary, historical, commemorative and utopian features that can, for instance, be found in the works of Milo Rau and Stefano Masini as well as in the simulation games by the Rimini Protokoll. Transitions from reality to fiction appear blurred, concealed or seemingly definitive. In some cases, contemporary playwriting and staging procedures refer explicitly to historical European theatrical forms such as the Attic tragedy and frequently to the tragic or mournful as apparent in the works of the Societas Raffaello Sanzio and Elfriede Jelinek. This -(dis)course on Europe-, tried in specific European Countries and particularly at international theatre festivals over the past few years, faces, however, a hitherto hardly differentiated state of research – anthologies such as Vorstellung Europa – Performing Europe, 2017 constitute an exception.

The proposed workshop is going to focus on those theatrical works that thematically discuss -Europe- and its social, political, economical und cultural questions through a comparative and/or transnational or transcultural perspective orientated towards performance analysis. In the process particular attention is paid to narrative, structural and aesthetic strategies and alterations that the text is subjected to right up to the realisation and performance on stage. Both aspects should thus come into view: the relative source text and the theatrical event. More specifically, it should be questioned whether theatrical structures, staging practices and aesthetic parameter initiate a historical reflection on Europe in the context of theatre. It could be, for instance, asked how a relational structure is performatively formed by the past, the present and the future through caesura.
With regard to the inquiry after a European or cosmopolitical society, the question additionally arises as to which homogenous or heterogeneous forms of representation can be found for the individual or the group or community within the theatre and how traditional theatre forms, most notably tragedy, are revisited and undergo a revaluation and update. This is not least because the choice of genre, resources, used imagery and finally theatre aesthetic and implication is subject to specific teleological narratives or societal processes of inclusion and exclusion.

Welcome are especially paper proposals that take theatrical works about Europe (and its borders) into account and focus on cultural, linguistical or historical contexts that represent a blind spot in scholarly debates held so far and are more or maybe also less capable of opening up the eurocentric paradigm.

The papers can be delivered in English, German, Italian or French. The University of Innsbruck seeks to account for accommodation.

Please submit a 350-word abstract (author, institutional affiliation, title, text, email address) and a brief bio paragraph in one single PDF by the 28th of February 2018 to and .


Im Kontext der szenischen Gegenwartskünste ist zu konstatieren, dass Theater erstens zum Aushandlungsort von politischen und gesellschaftlichen Fragen erklärt wird und zweitens (und damit einhergehend) auf spezifische Weisen Europa inszeniert wird; hier seien beispielsweise die thematischen Setzungen wie Verhandlungen von Grenzen, Konstruktion von Identitäten oder Geschichte als Geflecht zwischen Fakt und Fiktion genannt. Nicht zufällig resonieren in der Gegenwartsdramatik und in zeitgenössischen Inszenierungspraktiken Theatermodelle, in denen Theater und Politik explizit artikuliert oder alternative Modelle von Gesellschaft entworfen wurden. Sie tragen u.a. dokumentarische, erinnerungsgeschichtliche, aber auch utopische Züge, denkt man beispielsweise an die Arbeiten von Milo Rau, Stefano Masini oder an die Planspiele von Rimini Protokoll. Übergänge von Realität und Fiktion erscheinen verschwommen, verhüllt oder scheinbar abgegrenzt. In manchen Fällen rekurriert Gegenwartsdramatik und Regie explizit auf tradierte europäische Theaterformen wie etwa die attische Tragödie und verweist nicht selten auf das Tragische oder das Trauern wie etwa bei der Societas Raffaello Sanzio und Elfriede Jelinek. Dieser seit einigen Jahren in den einzelnen europäischen Ländern und insbesondere auf internationalen Theaterfestivals erprobte -Europa(dis)kurs- steht jedoch einer bisher kaum differenzierten Forschungslage gegenüber – Ausnahmen bilden etwa einzelne Sammelbänder wie Vorstellung Europa. Performing Europe, 2017.

Im geplanten Workshop soll mittels einer inszenierungsanalytischen, vergleichenden und/oder transnationalen bzw. -kulturellen Perspektive der Fokus auf genau jene Theaterarbeiten gerichtet werden, die sich thematisch mit -Europa- und seinen sozialen, politischen, wirtschaftlichen und kulturellen Fragen auseinandersetzen. Ein besonderes Augenmerk liegt dabei auf den narrativen, strukturellen und ästhetischen Strategien und Veränderungen, die die Textgrundlage bzw. das Regiebuch bis hin zur Realisierung und Performance auf der Bühne erfahren. Beides soll also in den Blick geraten: sowohl der jeweilige Ausgangstext wie auch das theatrale Ereignis. Spezieller soll gefragt werden, mit welchen Textstrukturen, Inszenierungspraktiken und ästhetischen Parametern eine Geschichtsreflexion über Europa im Kontext Theater in Gang gesetzt wird, zum Beispiel, wie über Zäsuren Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft performativ ein relationales Gefüge bilden. Mit Hinblick auf die Frage nach einer europäischen oder kosmopolitischen Gemeinschaft stellt sich des Weiteren die Frage, welche homogenen oder heterogenen Repräsentationsformen für den Einzelnen oder für die Gruppe bzw. die Gesellschaft innerhalb des Theaterraums gefunden werden und wie tradierte Theaterformen wie v.a. die Tragödie aufgegriffen werden und eine Neubewertung und Aktualisierung erfahren. Nicht zuletzt hängt nämlich auch die Wahl der Gattung, der Mittel, der verwendeten Metaphorik und schließlich der Theaterästhetik mit der Implikation von bestimmten teleologischen Narrativen oder gesellschaftlichen Ein- und Ausschlussverfahren zusammen.

Willkommen sind v.a. Beitragsvorschläge, die Theaterarbeiten über Europa (und seine Grenzen) in den Blick nehmen und kulturelle, sprachliche oder geschichtliche Kontexte fokussieren, die in der bisherigen Forschungsdiskussion entweder noch einem blinden Fleck entsprechen und das eurozentrische Paradigma mehr oder vielleicht auch weniger aufzubrechen vermögen.

Die Vorträge können auf Englisch, Deutsch, Italienisch oder Französisch gehalten werden. Die Universität Innsbruck bemüht sich um eine Deckung der Übernachtungskosten.

Bitte senden Sie einen Abstract (ca. 350 Wörter) (Autor, Institution, Titel, Text, Emailadresse) zusammen mit einer Kurz-Vita in einem PDF bis zum 28. Februar 2018 an und .


Basic information:
Deadline: 28-02-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Julia Lipold
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: German Historical Institute Warsaw

CfP: Polish Postmodernism

Deadline: 28-02-2018
Location: Warsaw, Poland


CALL FOR PAPERS: Polish Postmodernism 
German Historical Institute Warsaw – 27/28 September 2018

Polish version below+++polska wersja poniżej+++

Organised by:
Dr Annika Wienert, German Historical Institute, Warsaw
Prof. Florian Urban, Glasgow School of Art/ German Historical Institute, Warsaw

Postmodern architecture – the term usually evokes associations with a certain phase of capitalist economy and images of villas and office buildings with exuberant façades and playful, often ironic references to pop-culture and (architectural) history. But postmodern architecture was not limited to the Western, capitalist sphere. In socialist countries, circumstances of designing, planning and building were very different. Here postmodern architects developed their design under conditions of struggle against political and economic constraints.

To explore postmodern architecture under state socialism, this conference focuses on the Polish case. Poland in the 1970s and 1980s was not only characterised by economic shortages and anti-communist rebellion connected with the Workers’ Defence Committee and the Solidarity Trade Union. It was also a time of great architectural innovation, of systemic changes related to the gradual introduction of private practices and, by Eastern bloc standards, of comparatively intense international exchange.

At the time a new generation of architects attempted to overcome the limitations of functionalist modernism and prefabricated design, and developed international postmodernism in a particular local context. Their output ranged from conservation and restoration projects to innovative residential and public buildings to a wave of church architecture that was unprecedented not only in the socialist neighbour countries but also in the West. They also engaged in a discourse on the value of urban architecture, historic precedents, and individual expression that resonated similar debates abroad.

Our conference aims at putting Polish postmodern architecture into an international perspective that straddles the Iron Curtain, and at the same time relating it to broader questions of economic and social history. Contributions may address particular architectural projects, discourse and intellectual history, as well as architectural and planning policy against the background of the social and economic structure in the Polish People’s Republic.

What was the significance of postmodern architecture under state socialism in Poland? To which extent was Polish postmodernism an outcome of political and economic upheavals? What was its relation to postmodernism in the West, or other socialist countries, and how can the similarities and differences be explained? What were its precedents and influences? These and other questions will be discussed at our conference. We encourage contributions in the field of art/architectural history as well as general, economic and social history and related disciplines. Contributions may focus on a time period that might span from the events of 1968/1970 to the post-communist era.

Deadline for proposals: 28 February 2018
An abstract of 400-600 words plus short biographical information should be e-mailed to and Contributions should be in English or Polish.
The German Historical Institute will cover the cost for travel and accommodation for invited speakers.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Polski postmodernizm

Koncepcja i organizacja: 
dr Annika Wienert, Niemiecki Instytut Historyczny w Warszawie
prof. Florian Urban, Glasgow School of Art / Niemiecki Instytut Historyczny w Warszawie

Miejsce konferencji: Niemiecki Instytut Historyczny w Warszawie
Data: 27-28 września 2018

Architektura postmodernistyczna – pojęcie to kojarzy się zwykle z pewną fazą gospodarki wolnorynkowej, z widokiem willi i biurowców o fantazyjnych fasadach oraz humorystycznych, często ironicznych odniesieniach do kultury pop i historii architektury. Rozwój architektury postmodernistycznej nie ograniczał się jednak wyłącznie do kapitalistycznego świata Zachodu. Miał on również miejsce w krajach socjalistycznych, gdzie okoliczności projektowania, planowania i realizacji były całkowicie różne, a architekci postmodernistyczni tworzyli swoje projekty, borykając się z utrudnieniami na tle polityczno-gospodarczym.

Niniejsza konferencja zogniskuje się na badaniach nad architekturą postmodernistyczną w państwie socjalistycznym na przykładzie Polski. Polskę lat siedemdziesiątych i osiemdziesiątych ubiegłego wieku charakteryzował nie tylko kryzys gospodarczy i antykomunistyczne wystąpienia łączone z działalnością Komitetu Obrony Robotników i NSZZ Solidarność. Był to również okres wielkich innowacji architektonicznych, a ponadto przemian systemowych, które wynikały ze stopniowego wprowadzania prywatnej działalności, oraz stosunkowo intensywnej – jak na standardy panujące w bloku wschodnim – wymiany międzynarodowej.

Architekci nowego pokolenia, usiłując przezwyciężyć ograniczenia narzucane przez funkcjonalistyczny modernizm i budownictwo na bazie prefabrykatów, współtworzyli w tym czasie międzynarodowy postmodernizm osadzony w konkretnym lokalnym kontekście. Ich działania obejmowały zarówno projekty konserwatorskie i restauracyjne czy nowatorskie budynki mieszkalne i publiczne, jak i falę unikalnych obiektów sakralnych, która była bezprecedensowa nie tylko w porównaniu z sąsiednimi krajami socjalistycznymi, ale i z całym światem zachodnim. Prowadzili też dyskusje na temat wartości architektury miejskiej, historycznych wzorców i indywidualnej ekspresji, a więc podobne do tych, jakie toczyły się za granicą.

Niniejsza konferencja ma na celu umiejscowienie polskiej architektury postmodernistycznej w wymiarze międzynarodowym, przekraczającym podziały narzucone przez żelazną kurtynę i jednocześnie powiązanie tego nurtu z szerszymi zagadnieniami z zakresu historii gospodarczej i społecznej. Referaty mogą dotyczyć konkretnych projektów architektonicznych, dyskursu i historii intelektualnej oraz polityki architektonicznej i planistycznej w kontekście struktury społeczno-gospodarczej Polskiej Rzeczpospolitej Ludowej.

Jakie znaczenie miała architektura postmodernistyczna w czasie panowania w Polsce ustroju socjalistycznego? Do jakiego stopnia polski postmodernizm był wynikiem wstrząsów politycznych i gospodarczych? Jakie były jego związki z postmodernizmem na Zachodzie, a jakie w sąsiednich krajach socjalistycznych? Jak można wytłumaczyć zachodzące w nich podobieństwa i różnice? Jakie były jego wzorce i wpływy? To niektóre z zagadnień, które będziemy omawiać na naszej konferencji. Zachęcamy do nadsyłania propozycji wystąpień z dziedziny historii sztuki i architektury, a także z zakresu historii powszechnej, gospodarczej, społecznej oraz dyscyplin pokrewnych. Referaty mogą dotyczyć okresu od wydarzeń lat 1968–1970 do czasów postkomunistycznych.

Ostateczny termin nadsyłania zgłoszeń: 28 lutego 2018 r.

Prosimy o przesyłanie abstraktów o długości od 400 do 600 słów wraz z krótką informacją biograficzną drogą mailową na adresy i Wystąpienia mogą się odbywać w języku angielskim lub polskim.
NHI w Warszawie pokrywa koszty podróży i pobytu w hotelu dla przyjętych prelegentek i prelegentów.


Basic information:
Deadline: 28-02-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Annika Wienert
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: SWW DTP Memory Studies Research Cluster

Memory at the Margin

Deadline: 28-02-2018
Location: University of Bristol


If you would like to submit an abstract for ‘Memory at the Margin’ (University of Bristol, Thursday 7 and Friday 8 June 2018), please fill out the form at:

Please complete this application form to submit a proposal for the SWW DTP Memory Studies Research Cluster conference taking place at the University of Bristol, England on 7 and 8 June 2018. 
There will be no registration fee attached to the conference. The Cluster will cover the costs of refreshments and lunch. Please note that we are unfortunately unable to cover the costs of travel or accommodation for successful participants. 

The conference is generously supported by the SWW DTP Cohort Development Fund.

If you have any questions please contact us by emailing: We will reply to you as soon as possible.


Basic information:
Deadline: 28-02-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: SWW DTP
Project / event type: fellowships / grants
Organiser: The GEOP Research Fellowship is offered by POLIN M

Call for Applications: GEOP Research Fellowships for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Candidates

Deadline: 28-02-2018
Location: Warsaw, Poland


POLIN Museum’s Global Educational Outreach Program, supported by the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture, the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland, is offering up to four doctoral (three months)  and post-doctoral (five months) fellowships in residence at POLIN Museum and the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute (ŻIH). The fellowship stipend is $6,000 (for three months) and $10 000 (for five months), payable in Polish Zlotys.

 Our goal is to support scholarship on Jewish history and culture in the territories of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and its successor states and to develop a new cohort of scholars who are experts in this field. We also intend to support projects in Museum Studies that focus on Jewish history and culture in these territories. The aim of the fellowships is to stimulate the development and growth of a group of researchers who specialize in this field. A preference will be given to projects that require research in the collections that are located in Warsaw archival and scholarly institutions including POLIN Museum. 

Fellows will have the opportunity to:
◾ present their work-in-progress during seminars and doctoral seminars;
◾ participate in the full program of lectures, workshops, and conferences at POLIN Museum and the Jewish Historical Institute;
◾ conduct research in archives and libraries in Warsaw and Poland;
◾ consult with an assigned mentor from POLIN Museum, the Jewish Historical Institute, or other academic institution in Warsaw or Poland.

PhD Candidates may apply for a  three month fellowship and post-doctoral researchers may apply for a five month fellowship. Candidates for fellowships must have a working knowledge of English and a passive knowledge of other languages needed for the research project. Applicants from any discipline related to the history and culture of Polish Jews may apply. Applicants from doctoral programs from the United States and Canada should be ABD. Those from Europe, Israel, and other countries should be within two years of completing their PhD. Post-doctoral candidates must have completed PhD within the past five years. Female candidates who have had a child in this period must have completed PhD within the past seven years.

Application Process

Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae (no longer than four pages), a detailed statement of current research, including work plans during the fellowship (up to 2000 words), and one writing sample (no more than 25 pages). Applications should be submitted in English and PDF format to

The GEOP Research Fellowship is offered by POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in cooperation with the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute within the framework of the Global Education Outreach Program. This program was made possible thanks to the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland.

Basic information:
Deadline: 28-02-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Selecton Commette
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Center for Cultural Decontamination in Belgrade

Testimony. Commemoration. Wellbeing

Deadline: 28-02-2018
Location: Sarajevo and Belgrade


Testimony. Commemoration. Wellbeing

20-27 April 2018
Sarajevo and Belgrade

Deadline : 28 February 2018

The Center for Cultural Decontamination in Belgrade, the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo, the Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo and the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory in Belgrade will hold a conference on “Testimony. Commemoration. Wellbeing” on April 20 – 27. 2018 (April, 20-24. 2018 in Sarajevo and April 26-27. 2018 in Belgrade) as part of the project “Testimony – Truth or Politics: The Concept of Testimony in the Commemoration of the Yugoslav Wars”. This conference aims to democratize the historical narrative building in the region and to strengthen the inclusion of the Yugoslav Wars in the European remembrance practices.

Witnessing is a participative act, testifying is an act of speech with multiple addressees at once, at least those relating to the situation testified upon, the situation of testifying and a self-address which constitutes multiple speakers. The simultaneity of time and space creates an ever changing assemblage of singular-plural social relations, intimate and political, at work much after the testimony has been given and anew each time it is heard. The diversity of social relations at the base of testimony makes its relation to reality, both that experienced and that in which testimony is heard, complex. This trait makes it unstable for the purpose of the listener whose demand is for the Truth, i.e. a comprehensive meaning which would constitute the person testifying as Subject and/or as a generic Subject, also constituting both testifying and testified factual situations as Events.

Michel Foucault describes the role of institutions in which testimony takes place as follows: “The archive is first the law of what can be said, the system that governs the appearance of statements as unique events. But the archive is also that which determines that all these things said do not accumulate endlessly in an amorphous mass, nor are they inscribed in an unbroken linearity, nor do they disappear at the mercy of chance external accidents; but they are grouped together in distinct figures, composed together in accordance with multiple relations, maintained or blurred in accordance with specific regularities [...]. It is that which defines the mode of occurrence of the statement-thing; it is the system of its functioning. Far from being that which unifies everything that has been said in the great confused murmur of a discourse, far from being only that which ensures that we exist in the midst of preserved discourse, it is that which differentiates discourses in their multiple existence and specifies them in their own duration.” (Archaeology of Knowledge 145-6).

Among the initial linguistic-theatrical settings of testimony are the court room and the legal system. They bind the speech act of testimony to the demand of providing evidence for factual truth and regulate the multiplicity of social relations at the base of testimony. By defining the witness as disinterested they dismiss the claim and demand that any speech act, including that of the witness, puts forth. In return for these restrictions the judicial system offers its idea of justice, even if justice is attainable. However, is that all that is necessary? In the post- WWII period there was a rapidly growing use of the international judicial system to provide justice for the victims of human rights violations, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, with newly-coined terms such as transitional and restorative justice.

The conference will examine how different global ideological paradigms (human rights, Holocaust commemoration, conflict management, reconciliation, Marxism) and institutional regimes (local and international courts, NGOs, archives, state and private educational institutions) act as regulative measures to produce adequate testimonies. The main question which the conference focuses on is what are the settings in which the excess that testimony always already produces as settings that can create a possibility for alternative social relations. These relations could then, in the context of the commemoration of Yugoslav wars in the 1990’s, allow for a common life and wellbeing.

We invite abstracts of maximum 250 words to be sent to by February 28, 2018. We welcome papers from various fields of study as well as from practitioners sharing their experience with testimonials. Applicants will be notified about their participation by March 15, 2018.

Other project partners are: The Ignorant Schoolmaster and his Committees, Belgrade; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; Boem, Vienna, Austria; Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT Transeuropa), Rovereto, Italy; Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo; Centre for Cultural and Social Repair, Banja Luka; The Leibniz-Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg, Germany.

The Ignorant Schoolmaster and his Committees, Belgrade; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; Boem, Vienna, Austria; Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT Transeuropa), Rovereto, Italy; Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo; Centre for Cultural and Social Repair, Banja Luka; The Leibniz-Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg, Germany.

Project / event type: publication
Organiser: -

Transcending the Nostalgic - Deindustrialised Landscapes across Europe

Deadline: 28-02-2018
Location: -


Call for Papers: Transcending the Nostalgic - Deindustrialised Landscapes across Europe

In the current political atmosphere of Western society there has been a desire to re-establish industrial and manufacturing entities within their countries (The Economist 2013). In the UK, the outcome of the Brexit referendum showed how successful had been the appeal to ‘take back control’ as a way to shelter against global change. The image of the closed-down mine or empty factory was displayed prominently within these discussions. Further representations of deindustrialisation in different media and contents have contributed to constructing and reproducing a discourse whose ideological undertones, far from confining it to the realm of symbolic nostalgia, are having profound and differentiated effects.

Scholarly interest in processes of deindustrialization has, so far, been mainly concerned with specific sites like abandoned mines or former industrialized territories transformed into post-industrial spaces. Furthermore, many scholars (Mah 2012, High 2013, Strangleman 2013 ) criticise the processes and recent studies of deindustrialisation and its representation as ‘smokestack nostalgia’ missing insights into the continuing struggle over the meaning of industrial work and its loss, revealing unresolved social, cultural, and political tensions.

This edited volume addresses this problem by suggesting to broaden the perspective on processes of deindustrialization by introducing the concept of landscape and the more-than representational theory (Thrift 2007) to the established discourse. Thus, the book proposes a twofold shift: The first, is away from the notion of specific sites of deindustrialisation and towards a more nuanced understanding of post-industrial landscapes as collections of emerging moments and nodes, where a landscape is a coming into being of multiple actors including humans, animals, ecologies and affects.  Secondly, the introduction of the more-than representational approach, which opens up broader perspectives on practices of rhetorical exploitation, discursive representations and performative approaches of dealing with the industrial past, loss and regeneration. Therefore, this provides insights into processes of re-assessing/re-imagining the industrial past, which is essentially future related and the accompanied processes of historical knowledge production and meaning making.

How to contribute?
The editors invite contributions in English from disciplines ranging from history, geography, anthropology, sociology, performance studies, to heritage, memory and cultural studies. The contributions should focus either on practices, narratives, perspectives of the actors or emergent activities that are currently creating and remaking postindustrial landscapes across Europe. Each contribution should refer to more-than representational approaches and focus on either one specific landscape/region or apply a comparative perspective of two cases. Theoretical discussions of the relationship between more-than representational approaches and the well-established discourses of heritage, memory, performance, and other theoretical approaches of meaning making are very welcome, but should be embedded into a case study.

At this stage, we request a submission of a title and a 200 word abstract of your article, as well as, a short biography of the author(s). The deadline for submitting titles and abstracts is 28 February 2018. A decision will be made of final selection by April 2018. Final drafts will be planned for submission in January 2019.  For information, final submissions should be 8,000 - 10,000 words (including references) and include no more than two images. The volume will be peer reviewed. The geographical focus of the volume is Europe. All contributions should be based on original research and be as yet unpublished. The volume will be submitted to a respected publishing press mid 2019.


Basic information:
Deadline: 28-02-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: George S. Jaramillo
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: IRTG Baltic Borderlands

The Power of Borderland(s): In Media's Res

Deadline: 28-02-2018
Location: Greifswald, Konferenzsaal Universität Greifswald


The Power of Borderland(s): In Media's Res

IRTG Baltic Borderlands, Universities of Lund, Tartu, and Greifswald

Greifswald, Konferenzsaal Universität Greifswald

Deadline: 28/02/2018

The International Research Training Group (IRTG) "Baltic Borderlands: Shifting
Boundaries of Mind and Culture in the Borderlands of the Baltic Sea Region", a
collaborative programme between the universities of Lund, Tartu, and
Greifswald, invites proposals for conference papers that discuss the context
and medialization of border crossing (or transgression) and the establishment
(or dissolution) of borderlands. We invite papers from the humanities and
social sciences, e. g. history and art history, linguistics and literary
studies, political sciences, gender studies, sociology, and digital humanities
that address maps, literary texts, academic accounts, biographical notes, press
media, film, digital productions and their story as well as the impact on
conceptualizations of borders and borderlands.

Pekka Hämäläinen and Samuel Truett reflect in their 2011 account "On
Borderlands" about the expansion of research approaches and the usefulness of
the fashionable (academic) application of the borderland concept in the
humanities. Although the concept had been applied with varying degrees of
success, the power of borderlands as analytical tool appears already in Gloria
Anzaldúa's summary of her own stories of
living in the borderland, namely borderlands exist wherever two or more
cultures exist. Similarly, the observation of Etienne Balibar that "borders are
everywhere" rely very much on narrativizations of experiences through different
channels. These channels are particularly interesting in the context of this
conference and include poetry, maps, biographical accounts and, more recently,
numerous digital  approaches. Globalization supported a perspective of
borderlessness beyond any
containments like national, imperial or regional spaces and opened up these
centrist research perspectives on spaces and orders. Spatial mobility here
implies to cross borders, but does not mean to cross them out. They continue to
be part of our cognitive and physical world. They remain part of our social,
cultural, political and economic world making processes not only through
experiences at and across the border but particularly through debates,
discourses and images embedded in a multitude of narratives. We therefore ask:
What happens with borders and borderlands in the narratives about times of
historical and contemporary globalization? Do we cross or transgress borders?
What does it mean when we use one or the other concept? Who has particular
interest to present borders and borderlands in a specific way? Which media were
used to disseminate ideas? Which of these choices confirm and which subvert the
border? Do media and communication have an impact on these processes and hereby
influence perceptions, constructions and dissolution of borders and

Confirmed Keynote Speaker
Vlad Strukov, Film and Digital Culture, University of Leeds
Kazimierz Musial, Political Sciences, University of Gdansk

We invite contributions by both early career and senior scholars from the
humanities and social sciences. The proposed papers should deal with historical
and current perspectives on borderlands and the role of media (in a broader
sense). Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words in English and a
short biographical note by 28 February 2018 to:
waterproj12[at] Applicants will be notified by 31 March 2018.

The conference is organized jointly by researchers from the IRTG Baltic

The IRTG Baltic Borderlands will fund travel and accommodation for
invited speakers.


Basic information:
Deadline: 28-02-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: IRTG Baltic Borderlands
Deadline: 01-03-2018
Location: Udine, IT


The Slavs from the Turn of 19th and 20th Centuries until Now: Linguistic, Historical and Political Changes and Literature

International Conference for Young Humanists

University of Udine, Udine, IT
27-28 September 2018

You are invited to attend the 6th International Conference for Young Humanists with the title The Slavs from the Turn of 19th and 20th Centuries until Now: Linguistic, Historical and Political Changes and Literature. The conference is organized by Student Section of Slavic Society Slovenia and will take place within the Slavic Congress of Slovenia from 27th and 28th September 2018 at the University of Udine (Università degli Studi di Udine / Universitât dal Friûl, Videm/Udine/Udin) in Italy in the Palace Antonini Cernazai (Palazzo/Palaç Antonini Cernazai, Ulica/Via/Vie Tarcisio Petracco 8).

The conference is intended to young Slovenists, Slavists and Others who are dealing in their researches with language, literature, didactics, culture and history of Slavic nations.

The participants should be doctorate graduates, PhD-students either a Slovene or foreign universities or those who ended their study and are professional or scientific dealing with the proposed topics.

The topics for the conference are:

1. Slavic languages and literature in the neighbouring countries :

- Slavic minority languages (and their dialects) and literatures in non-Slavic countries;
- Language and Literature Classes for Slavic minorities;
- Slavic languages and literatures in curricula for Slavic countries;
- Slavic languages and literatures at (non-)Slavic universities

2. The Slavs and World War I:

- The role of Slavs and Slavic areas during World War I;
- Slavs and World War I in literature;
- Slavic nations, their languages, literatures and cultures at the beginning of 20th century;
- Slavic languages and education, including the university level Š

3. Ivan Cankar in Slavic languages:

- Translating Cankar's works in other (Slavic) languages;
- (Language) analyses of the originals and translations;
- Reception;
- Stagings, remakes, influences ...

The application form, summary up to 250 words and short CV (both in the language of the presentation and English) must be sent electronically to no later than 1st March 2018. The applicants will be informed whether their topic has been chosen by 5th March 2018.

The working languages of the conference are all Slavic languages, English, Italian and Friulian. The papers must be submitted no later than 15th May 2018. All the papers will be anonymously reviewed and should be corrected thereafter by the participants. Positive review of a paper will be the condition for publishing it in the conference band and for the presentation at the conference. The presentation will last no longer than 15 minutes and will be followed by 5 minutes for discussion.

There is no conference fee. We would like to declare that we do not possess the capacity to reimburse any travel and accommodation related expenses.

All the information about the event will be available on the Facebook page of Student Section of Slavic Society Slovenia (


Basic information:
Deadline: 01-03-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Udine, IT
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: International Network of Genocide Scholars

Call for Papers, 6th Global Conference on Genocide, 4 - 7 July 2018

Deadline: 15-03-2018
Location: France


Call for Papers, 6th Global Conference on Genocide, 4 - 7 July 2018

Sévane Garibian

The International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS) and its Scientific Committee, of which Sévane Garibian is a member, invite you to submit proposals for papers, panels and roundtables for the upcoming 6th Global Conference on Genocide entitled "Genocide and Mass Violence : diagnosis, treatment, and recovery? Humanities, social and medical sciences facing extreme violence". The conference will take place at the Medical Faculty of Aix-Marseille University (France) on 4-7 July 2018.

This year, the theme of the conference will focus on the dialogue between the humanities, medical and social sciences in the research and analysis of genocide and extreme violence.

The closing date for the submission of proposals is 15th March 2018.

See the Call for Papers (pdf):


Basic information:
Deadline: 15-03-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: INoGS
Project / event type: workshops
Organiser: Mnemonics

Call for Papers Mnemonics 2018: Ecologies of Memory Summer School

Deadline: 31-03-2018
Location: Leuven


The seventh Mnemonics: Network for Memory Studies summer school will be hosted by the Flemish Memory Studies Network (a collaboration of the Cultural Memory Studies Initiative at Ghent University and KU Leuven’s Literary Studies Research Unit) from 22 to 24 August 2018 at the Irish College in Leuven. Confirmed keynote speakers are Rick Crownshaw (Goldsmiths, University of London), Andrew Hoskins (University of Glasgow), and Gabriele Schwab (UC Irvine).

This year’s Mnemonics summer school addresses memory from an ecological perspective. The term “ecology” foregrounds the relationships between organisms and their environments; it emphasizes the interrelations between different agents rather than isolated elements. Mnemonics 2018 engages with the recent shift in the study of memory towards the multifarious interactions between media, platforms, cultures, and generations, but also between the domains of the human and the nonhuman. The notion of ecology is particularly pertinent for tracking two related trends. First, after the “connective turn,” there is the ever-increasing importance of digital media platforms for the construction of individual and group memories in what has been called our “new media ecology” (Hoskins). Changing the very nature of remembrance and forgetting, digital media have come to make up a crucial environment for remembrance whose different constituent elements demand to be studied ecologically, that is, in their relations to one another. Second, there is the growing urgency of environmental issues, as concern over climate change and planetary devastation has come to be voiced under the rubric of the Anthropocene. Questions about the role of memory in addressing environmental problems and in imagining the human impact on the chemical and climatological make-up of the planet bring memory in proximity to the geological and natural realms, just as the digital revolution entangles memory with technological developments that have come to occupy a prominent place in memory studies.

“Ecologies of Memory” aims to explore the methodological, theoretical, and imaginative challenges posed by this expanding awareness of memory’s technological and natural environments. In disciplinary terms, we want to investigate what happens to the interdisciplinary field of memory studies as it forges new connections with technology, engineering, geology, and the life sciences, but also with artistic practitioners. In methodological terms, we want to consider how digital and artistic methods or innovative combinations of qualitative and quantitative approaches can contribute to the development of properly ecological perspectives on the functioning of memory in its new medial and environmental contexts. In theoretical terms, we are interested in creating and testing new vocabularies for grasping memory’s entanglement with technological, natural, and medial forces. As memory takes its place in ecologies that are not exclusively human, the very distinctions between the human and the nonhuman and between the organic and the nonorganic become less stable.

We welcome paper proposals that foreground the medial or environmental dimensions of memory’s new ecologies, ideally (but not necessarily) in relation to one another. After all, digital culture and environmental impact are not fully separable: digital media and data storage rely on rare earths and vast energy resources, thus further depleting the planet, while climate change could not even be imagined without a vast computational infrastructure, nor could our knowledge about it impact human culture without digital interfaces. Possible topics include, but are emphatically not restricted to, the following:

What is memory studies’ relation to fields like the environmental humanities or the digital humanities in an enlarged ecology of memory?
How can notions such as planetarity (Spivak), the Anthropocene (Crutzen and Stoermer), assemblages (Deleuze and Guattari), actor-network (Latour), and trans-corporeality (Alaimo) help memory studies develop a properly ecological perspective?
To what extent can different strategies of remembrance help us imagine the impact of human action on the chemical and climatological make-up of the planet?
How do we reconceive of the scales and temporalities of memory as digital technology destabilizes the past-present distinction or as the notion of the Anthropocene invites us to think of human life on vast spatio-temporal scales?
Do digital memory ecologies affect the transnational circulation of memory, and to what extent do they enable new affective alliances and new forms of activism?
What happens to the notion of forgetting when the total memory of the digital makes it virtually impossible for the past to disappear and when human action leaves an indelible trace on the planet?
How does memory’s imbrication with digital culture and the other-than-human world affect the objects of memory?
What are the methodological challenges posed by the increasing digitization of memory?
What concepts can help us make sense of memory practices that are distributed between digital platforms and human agents?
Can we understand the prosumers of digital memory as ecological agents?
What are the ethical and aesthetic challenges of outsourcing memory functions to prosthetic digital infrastructures?
In what ways do digital media memorialize older media? Can media archaeology contribute to an ecological imagining of memory?
What role can memory play in the imagining of the environmental impact of digital culture?
How do digitally mediated memories differ from analogue-based ones?

The Mnemonics summer school serves as an interactive forum in which junior and senior memory scholars meet in an informal and convivial setting to discuss each other’s work and to reflect on new developments in the field of memory studies. The objective is to help doctoral students refine their research questions, strengthen the methodological and theoretical underpinnings of their projects, and gain further insight into current trends in memory scholarship.

Each of the three days of the summer school will start with a keynote lecture, followed by sessions consisting of three papers by doctoral students, responses, and extensive Q&A. Participants are expected to be in attendance for the full three days of the summer school. In order to foster incisive and targeted feedback, all accepted papers will be pre-circulated among the participants and each paper session will be chaired by a senior scholar who will also act as respondent.

Practical Information
Local organizers: Mnemonics 2018 will be hosted by the Flemish Memory Studies Network (a collaboration of the Cultural Memory Studies Initiative at Ghent University and KU Leuven’s Literary Studies Research Unit). The organizers are Stef Craps, associate professor of English literature at Ghent University; Silvana Mandolessi, assistant professor of cultural studies at KU Leuven; Pieter Vermeulen, assistant professor of American and comparative literature at KU Leuven; and their PhD students Tom Chadwick (KU Leuven), Lene Guercke (KU Leuven), and River Ramuglia (UGent).

Where: Mnemonics 2018 will take place in Leuven’s historic Irish College, a magnificent residential conference facility in the city centre. Leuven is easily accessible by road, rail (with international trains arriving at Brussels-South Railway Station, which is a 25-minute train ride away), and air (Brussels airport [BRU] is just 15 minutes away by train).

When: 22–24 August 2018

Costs: €200. The fee includes tuition, three nights shared accommodation at the Irish College, breakfast, lunches, coffee breaks, one dinner, and one reception. Travel to Leuven is not covered, and prospective attendees are encouraged to check travel costs in advance. For those who want to upgrade from a twin room to a single room (subject to availability), the fee is €290. For those who do not require overnight accommodation, the fee is €100.

Scholarship: Memory studies is an increasingly global field, and we hope to see this reflected in the composition of the participant group. We therefore encourage doctoral students based at non-European institutions, particularly in the Global South, to apply for admission to the summer school. In order to facilitate their participation, the Flemish Memory Studies Network offers one scholarship for a fully-funded place at the summer school. Awarded on the basis of both merit and need, it covers all travel expenses, accommodation costs, a daily allowance, tuition, and visa assistance. If you want to be considered for this scholarship, please indicate this in your application, include a budget estimate, and disclose any other sources of funding.

Submission: Submission is open to all doctoral students interested in memory studies. About half of the 24 available places are reserved for students affiliated with Mnemonics partner institutions.

Send: A 300-word abstract for a 15-minute paper (including title, presenter’s name, and institutional affiliation), a description of your doctoral research project (one paragraph), and a short CV (max. one page) as a single Word document to mnemonics2018 [at] gmail [dot] com

Deadline: 31 March 2018

Notification of acceptance: 15 May 2018

Deadline for submission of paper drafts: 31 July 2018

Questions? Write to mnemonics2018 [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Flemish Memory Studies Network

Basic information:
Deadline: 31-03-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Mnemonics Network
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland; The Rom

Roman Ingarden and His Times: An International Phenomenological Conference 2018

Deadline: 01-04-2018
Location: Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland


The 50th anniversary of the death of the eminent Polish philosopher and humanist Roman Ingarden in 2020 is an occasion to launch an international academic debate on his philosophical legacy. It is also an opportunity to share and celebrate the efforts of Jagiellonian University aimed at the study and archivisation of Ingarden’s hitherto unknown correspondence and research papers. These tasks are being carried out as part of the project entitled ‘The Roman Ingarden Digital Archive: Previously Unpublished Correspondence and Academic Papers of the Eminent Polish Humanist’, financed within the framework of the DIALOG programme, using funds provided by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland.

The conference dedicated to the philosophy of Roman Ingarden and his contemporaries will be held in 2018, marking the 80th anniversary of the deaths of two great teachers of the Polish phenomenologist: Edmund Husserl and Kazimierz Twardowski.

The conference will also present the results of the Ingarden Digital Archive project and, we hope, will launch further studies on Ingarden’s heritage, culminating in an international academic congress to be organised at Jagiellonian University in 2020. The organisers are also planning to publish selected papers in specially prepared thematic volumes of the journals Polish Journal of Philosophy and The Polish Journal of Aesthetics.

Academic Committee of the Conference:

    Arkadiusz Chrudzimski (Szczecin University, Poland)
    Jeff Mitscherling (University of Guelph, Canada)
    Kevin Mulligan (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
    Marek Piwowarczyk (Catholic University of Lublin, Poland)
    Peter Simons (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
    Barry Smith (University at Buffalo, USA)
    Dan Zahavi (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

Honorary Committee of the Conference:

    Jerzy Aleksandrowicz
    Krzysztof Ingarden
    Józef Lipiec
    Andrzej Półtawski
    Ewa Sowa
    Władysław Stróżewski
    Anita Szczepańska
    Artur Szczepański
    Arthur Szylewicz
    Beata Szymańska
    Paweł Taranczewski
    Adam Węgrzecki
    Jan Woleński
    Krzysztof Zanussi 
    Adam Zagajewski
    Leopold Zgoda

Keynote speakers:

Dagfinn Føllesdal (University of Oslo)
Władysław Stróżewski (Jagiellonian University in Krakow)

Conference website:

The Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland The Roman Ingarden Digital Archive The Polish Philosophical Society The Polish Phenomenological Association The Polish Journal of Aesthetics Polish Journal of Philosophy

Basic information:
Deadline: 01-04-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Natalia Anna Michna
Phone: 0048 694 963 587
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Herder Institute for Historical Research on East C

Exhibiting cities. City museums in the emerging cities of East Central and Northern Europe, 1880-1939

Deadline: 01-04-2018
Location: Marburg


Exhibiting cities. City museums in the emerging cities of East Central and Northern Europe, 1880-1939

15-16 October 2018
Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, Marburg

Nowadays European cities, like their Asian and North and South American counterparts, compete with one another to become pre-eminent centers of economic and cultural exchange, and tourism. The culture, history and heritage of contemporary cities, and their effective representation in various forms, such as in city museums, is a cultural capital (a part of symbolic economy), as Sharon Zukin (1996) has pointed out. This workshop, proposed by the Herder Institute (Germany) in cooperation with the Grazer Stadtmuseum Graz GmbH/Stadtarchiv (Austria) and the University of Tampere (Finland), and supported by the Leibniz Research Alliance “Historical Authenticity”, nevertheless, argues that perceiving the city and the city’s image as urban capital was also known for the cities in East Central and Northern Europe, which emerged with the ambition becoming regional and/or national centers an enormous speed in the end of the 19th and in the beginning of the 20th century in the Austro-Hungarian and Russian Empire. By doing so, the workshop intends to illustrate, on the one hand, the so far less researched processes of urban image and identity construction by the city museums in East Central and Northern Europe in a longue durée perspective, and to discuss and capture the particularities of exhibiting cities in these regions, on the other.

The workshop addresses e.g. the following questions:

- How did cities use city museums for image and identity creation and for which purposes?
- What kind of histories were told by the city museums, and how were these histories “authenticated”?
- What kind of strategies and practices of image creations were applied in the museums? Who were the main actors in the process?
- What role did city museums play in the modernization and urbanity in Northern and East Central Europe?
- In what ways were city museums and the ‘local’ histories represented by them, part of the everyday reproduction of nationalism?

We are looking forward receiving proposals for case studies on cities and city museums, and with different thematic focal points. Proposals with cross-city references are especially welcome, be it by comparisons or by the analysis of transfers. Please send your abstract (max. 500 words) and a short CV until April 1, 2018 to

The conference language is English. We expect to be able to cover the expenses for travel and accommodation.
We plan to publish the revised conference papers.

Heidi Hein-Kircher/Eszter Gantner
Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe – Institute of the Leibniz Association
We thank for the generous support of the Leibniz Research Alliance Historical Authenticity

Dr. Wolfram Dornik
Stadtmuseum Graz GmbH/Stadtarchiv (Austria)
Dr. Tanja Vahtikari
University of Tampere (Finland)

Dr. Wolfram Dornik Stadtmuseum Graz GmbH/Stadtarchiv (Austria) Dr. Tanja Vahtikari University of Tampere (Finland)

Basic information:
Deadline: 01-04-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Herder Institute for Historical Research on East C
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: University of Stellenbosch

Recognition, Reparation, Reconciliation: The Light and Shadow of Historical Trauma

Deadline: 23-04-2018
Location: Stellenbosch, South Africa


Venue: Stellenbosch University
Dates: 5 – 8 December 2018

What is the appropriate response to the echoes of historical wounding that extend far beyond the generation that experienced the trauma directly? What strategies might quell the haunting repercussions of genocide, slavery, colonial oppression, and mass violence that play out in the lives of affected individuals and groups from both sides of these acts? In the aftermath of violent pasts, and when people have suffered collective trauma, how are these events remembered, interpreted and articulated? How might we map out the arc of historical trauma as a nexus for the interweaving of individual and collective traumatic memories? What are the limitations of truth commissions and other prevailing strategies of public testimony established to advance national recovery and healing? This conference will bring together a group of scholars and practitioners from different disciplinary backgrounds to reflect on these vexed questions of historical wounding, its haunting legacies and the strategies to heal the futures of those whose pasts are marked by trauma. 
We invite abstract submissions that will address a range of topics relevant to the broad themes of the conference.*** We encourage submissions by scholars and artists who have engaged with questions that concern the transgenerational repercussions of violent historical pasts, the memorialisation of these pasts and how this has played out in social life, and the representation of these issues through the arts in a range of national and transnational contexts. The “sites” of these histories may include, but not limited to, countries such as Argentina, Cambodia, Chile, Indonesia, Australia, America, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, and South Africa. Individual papers, roundtables and panel discussions representing perspectives from disciplines in the Humanities, Social Sciences and the Arts in all its diverse forms will be considered.  
***A List of Themes to Consider
Obvious themes:
Historical trauma and memory								 From individual to collective trauma							                      Violence and legacies of historical trauma						                    Aftermath of violent histories								                 Dealing with the past—memorials, representation of the past through the arts, truth commissions, gacaca, reparations, reconciliation, responsibility, etc.							                      
Perpetrators 										                          Guilt 											                       Shame									                         Nostalgia 								                         Transgenerational transmission of shame and guilt 				                        Denial											                               Response to symbols of the past
Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts
All abstracts should include a succinct title, name and affiliation of the presenter, and a short bio. Please note that abstracts for all accepted submissions will be published online and available with our programme e-book when the program is ready. To submit abstracts please open the link provided below:
Individual Papers
Abstracts of individual papers should not exceed 200 words. 
Panel Submissions
The title and an abstract for the whole session should be submitted, and it should not exceed 250 words. Abstracts for each of the component papers of the session not exceeding 100 words, including titles should be submitted. Please try to organise panels that consist of no more than four participants. 
Round Table Discussions
Round Table sessions should consist of between four and five participants. A single abstract with a clearly defined focus and not exceeding 300 words should include the title, theme and the question that the Round Table seeks to explore. Roundtables, that ask provocative questions, explore new intellectual frontiers and open up theoretical and/or political discussion that might inspire new perspectives will receive priority in the scheduling of the final programme. Participants in Round Table discussions are expected to prepare their remarks in advance and should not read papers. 

Submission deadline for all abstracts is April 23, 2018. Outcome of the review of abstracts will be sent by email on 25 May 2018.


Basic information:
Deadline: 23-04-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Janet Sirmongpong
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: ECREA Communication History Section

Towards a Polyphony of Memory? Media, Communication and Memory in the Digital Age

Deadline: 15-05-2018
Location: Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano


Memory is constitutive for the formation of social entities and a crucial carrier of social and cultural identity. Remembrance and reconstruction of past events, historical figures and cultural struggles are invaluable for understanding the development of shared values or norms and the articulation and transformation of identity by collectives and individuals alike. In media saturated societies commemoration and cultural memory are inherently linked to representations and negotiations in a variety of media, technologies, devices and practices. However, with the rise of digital communication the main agents and institutions of preserving and communicating memory find themselves complemented by new voices.

From the Individual to the Social

On the individual level we find people engaging in new mediated forms and formats of remembering that become increasingly important in processes of constructing personal as well as collective pasts. Digitalization raises the question of how people collect, archive and share their past while at the same time it poses challenges concerning what should and should not be forgotten. On the social level, some narratives are contested, and minority perspectives can now find a more immediate way to publics, enriching the respective accounts of past events, adding layers and nuance to how we reconnect with the past. But also counter-narratives, which were confined to underground publications or revisionist circles are now more easily spread and may pierce social media discourses as legitimate perspectives on historical events. Voices, which were muted or banned before can now contribute to a polyphony of memory.

Studying Memory in the Digital Age

Whether memory scholars argue for an advantageous memory boom or criticize contemporary societies as ahistorical, it becomes evident that individuals as well as societies are and will be continuously drawn to their past. Hence, it becomes a pressing task to shed light on the role memories play when digital communication further blurs boundaries – not only between the private and the public but also between the local, national and global – yet, without neglecting the existence or rise of new social, geographical or economic demarcations. Communicating memory has always been a highly mediated processes and the digital age is no exception. How the construction of memory does (not) change due to digital media is one core question of contemporary memory studies that can and should be vastly informed by contributions from media and communication scholars.

Aim and Scope of the Pre-Conference

The pre-conference aims to assemble scholarship on media, communication and memory from across Europe and from a multiplicity of backgrounds. It is our aim to stimulate theoretical discussion and to give new impulses for research on communication and memory. Beyond theoretical conceptions and empirical case studies we are also interested in contributions reflecting the methodological aspects of memory research in a globalized and digitally connected world as well as problems and potentials of digital traces and “found data” as sources for studies on communicative memory in the digital age.

Date of the pre-conference: 31 October 2018
Deadline for submissions: 15 May 2018
Acceptance letters: 02 July 2018

Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano

Manuel Menke (University of Augsburg, Germany)
Berber Hagedoorn (University of Groningen, Netherlands)

Submissions until 15 May 2018 to:


Basic information:
Deadline: 15-05-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: ECREA Communication History Section
Project / event type: publication
Organiser: IC Journal

When memories take a stand: cultural memory and mediations

Deadline: 15-05-2018
Location: -


When memories take a stand: cultural memory and mediations
Deadline for contributions: 01/01/2018-15/05/2018

Semioticians at Tartu School Juri Lotman and Boris Uspensky defined culture as the non-hereditary memory of the community, namely, a memory that is not contained within genes, but within a symbolic system made out of prescriptions and contradictions, restrictions and conflict. This is what Aleida Assmann, among others, has called cultural memory. This memory is disputed through social practices that we can referred to as mediations: processes of cultural circulation that occur between the institutionalized productions of meaning and the appropriations resulting from the use that the commons make of it.

If political uses of memory tend to select, stabilize and, ultimately, neutralize the past in an intentional and biased way (a common past that must be preserved and commemorated; a past to be proud of and to take to one’s heart), the memories that take a stand (Didi-Huberman, 2008) are set into motion and evolve from the impact of repressed affects (Freud, Benjamin, Warburg), unveiling “a past that is still alive, plural and off beat; activating it in order to destabilize a certain autism of the present” (Martín Barbero, 2011). When the rediscovery of the trauma and the coming into being of the awareness about the historic wounds (which is to say of the shift from a narrative of the winner to a narrative of the scars, from the place of heroism to the place of the victim’s suffering) do not find their recognition in the institutional figures, icons and symbols (whether it is due to censorship, lack of political interest or ignorance), they end up resulting in the suppuration of those wounds, which eventually find visibility in the popular culture that’s reproduced through mass means or through mass means which are circumscribed to the popular (for we mustn’t forget that such mediations are subjected to a two-way movement).

Where political uses of memory take sides and defend a common memory (a single memory, cliché-memory, derived from “common sense” and closed, inasmuch as it represents the authorized and canonical version of it), the memories that take a stand survive disseminated and are built through interconnections, through share points which are nevertheless unique, as an infinite amalgamation of monuments, signs, untraceable tracks, victories and defeats (Delgado, 2008). The power of these memories is not what they have become, but rather what they are to become. These memories do not ambition power, though they challenge power through the distortion of the temporal order fixed by the politics of memory and its institutional derivations.

Memory has today become a controversial and contradictory realm, not so much threaten by suppression or censorship but by the overabundance of information (Todorov), as well as by the so-called “empire of the instantaneous” (Reyes Mate), to which a narrative industry –turned factory of the present that rapidly loses its consciousness of the past– is constantly subdued. In an age marked by generalized amnesia and by a lack of historical consciousness, this feeling of rupture between past and present finds a counter-point in the nostalgic enthusiasm towards an over-represented past in the so-called “commemoration era”: the proliferation of memorial museums and of cities as museums, the touristification of memory places, the fascination towards retro and vintage design, the renewed appreciation of flea markets, the rise of historical novels and TV series. While media policies about memory help articulate a “common memory”, which is usually the representation of the national memory, subjected to chauvinistic appropriation, commercialization and fetishism, we cannot ignore that the past is always up for debate. Memories do not belong to a single time. They imply a confrontation sometimes dormant, a tense coexistence of disparate times. Thus, we better think of memory as a palimpsest and a collage, not as a linear narrative.

As harvesters who bend down to collect what’s left after the crop of memory, in this issue of the IC Journal we invite researchers to explore the ways in which a community relates to its past through mediations taking place, often suddenly and unexpectedly, through all sorts of social mechanisms (both material and immaterial) that belong to the realm of social imaginaries and perform a symbolic role within processes of remembrance.

Contributions focusing on how memory can take a stand or on the ways in which mediated discourses on the pasts (including the mechanisms these mediations use, or their sociopolitical effects) will be particularly welcome. Therefore, we are looking for original papers that can contribute to a deeper understanding of the intersections between memory studies, and culture industry and media studies.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

The relationship between history, memory and mediation.
Memory discourse, war, peace and human rights.
Official memories and counter-hegemonic memories (the memory of the labor movement, memorialists’ proposals from different social movements, or the memory of the Revolution).
Memory policies and communication and media regulations (communication policies of the past), as they both are the framework in which the dialogue about memory will be addressed. We would like to put the accent on the need to reorganize culture industries, as well as the communication policies that may help in this respect, thus broadening the possibilities of minority memory discourses of accessing mainstream communication channels.
Memories, symbols and mediations: flags and emblems, maps and cartography, biographical texts about heroes, monuments and ruins, text-books, travel guides, graffiti, film, dark tourism, plazas, marginal suburbs, music, rites and commemorative celebrations, comic, photography, contemporary art, science-fiction and digital practice, popular religion, superstition, ghosts and its regression.
Memory, trauma and commemoration: how to narrate the traumas of the past.
Book reviews

IC Journal is now considering proposals for book reviews to be published at the “Bibliografica” section. Reviewers might send their proposals at e mail address “” or to Belén Zurbano ( as coordinator of this section.


Assmann, A. (2011). Cultural Memory and Western Civilization: Functions, Media, Archives. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Delgado, M. (2008). Lo común y lo colectivo. El espacio público como espacio de y para la comunicación. Madrid: Medialab Prado. Disponible en

Didi-Huberman, G. (2008) Cuando las imágenes toman posición. Madrid: Antonio Machado

Lotman, Y. y Uspensky, B. (1978). “On the semiotic mechanism of culture”. En New Literary History 9(2): 211–232. Disponible en

Martín-Barbero, J. (2011). El país que no cabe en el museo de doña Beatriz. Recuperado de:

Mate, R. (2013). La piedra desechada. Madrid: Trotta.

Todorov, T. (2013). Los abusos de la memoria, Barcelona: Paidós.


Basic information:
Deadline: 15-05-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Belén Zurbano
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Babeş-Bolyai University

The End of an Era: World War One and the Birth of a New World Order

Deadline: 30-05-2018
Location: Cluj-Napoca


The End of an Era: World War One and the Birth of a New World Order

Babeş-Bolyai University in collaboration with the Romanian Academy –Center for Transylvanian Studies and the History Institute - Academy of Sciences of Moldova invites you to the International Conference
18-21 October 2018

The Great War completely changed geopolitical borders, economic systems, social structures, technology, and mentalities. Four great empires disappeared from the world map, and upon their ruins new states with new frontiers emerged. The political order of Europe, but also of other parts of the world, was deeply restructured. The Great War therefore shook the social order of the world. The aristocracy lost its dominant position, and the middle classes and workers began to claim an increasingly important role in society. The enormous number of casualties caused by the war also created emancipation opportunities for women: access to higher education, positions previously reserved for men only, or the right to vote in some states of the world. The very way of fighting a war underwent irreversible changes - the old weapons and strategies were replaced by others in which technology played an essential role, in which cavalry attacks were replaced by tanks, planes and submarines.
For Romania, the end of the war meant a huge chance to unite all the Romanian historical provinces within the borders of the same state, and to rebuild itself as a genuine regional power. The centenary of this pivotal moment for the Romanian people provides a good opportunity for a retrospective approach and re-evaluation of this event whose lasting effect still makes it self felt in some areas today.

We invite papers focusing on the following possible topics:

- W. Wilson and Wilsonianism;
-The geopolitical reorganization of Europe at the end of the Great War;
-The birth of Great Romania in 1918;
-The emergence of new state formations and their international acknowledgment;
-Alliances at the end of the war;
-Changes in political thinking after the Great War;
-The economic effects of the war;
-The impact of war on social classes; revolutionary movements;
-The Great War and the premise of technological and industrial advancement;
-One century later: the lasting consequences of the Great War.

Proposals are not restricted to these suggestions. We invite individual presentations, thematic sections/ panels, roundtable discussions in accordance with the rules and calendar of the conference.

Participation Fee: 150 lei or 40 Euro (includes conference materials, coffee breaks, 1 cocktail, 2 lunch meals). For participants wishing to be accommodated in the university premises, the participation fee is 350 lei or 85 Euro. There is an optional trip to Alba Iulia organized on 20 October, which includes a traditional Romanian meal and wine tasting at a wine cellar in the area (for an extra cost of 50 lei or 15 Euro)

Participants will cover their travel costs.

The official languages of the conference are Romanian and English.

Prof. Univ. Dr. Ioan Bolovan –,
Oana Tămaș PhD-
Terms and calendar of proposals for communications, panels, roundtable
discussions and posters

- Title of Panel
- Brief presentation of panel (200-300 words)
- Name of panel organizer - The organizer of the panel assumes the role of moderator
- Panels can include 4 presentations. Full panels and panel proposals, which will be completed on the basis of individual proposals, are both accepted
- The duration of a panel session is 100 minutes
- Panel proposals will be published on the conference website

- The maximum duration is 2 hours
- Title ofroundtable
- The number of participants and the layout of the presentations/discussions are decided by the organizer of the roundtable discussion and must be communicated to the organizers
- The organizer proposes: the title of the roundtable discussion, a 200-300 wordsabstract and announces the prior acceptance of a minimum number of 5-7 participants

➢ CALL FOR PAPER PROPOSALS: deadline30 May 2018
- Title of presentation
- Abstract (200-300 words)
- Name and Surname of author/authors, academic rank, institutional affiliation, e-mail.

Note: Proposals for individual presentations that may be included in the already proposed thematic panels will be included chronologically in those panels, with the consent of the panel organizer andof the author of the presentation and depending on availability at the time of submission.

Scientific Committee
Acad. Ioan-Aurel Pop, professor PhD (rector, Babeş-Bolyai University, director, Center for Transylvanian Studies, Romanian Academy)
Dennis Deletant, professor PhD(Visiting Ion Ratiu Professor of Romanian Studies at Georgetown University, Washington DC)
Paul Michelson, professor PhD (Huntington University)
Ioan Bolovan, professor PhD (vice-rector, Babeş-Bolyai University, Center for Transylvanian Studies, Romanian Academy)
Rudolf Gräf, professor PhD (vice-rector, Babeş-Bolyai University, Center for Transylvanian Studies, Romanian Academy)
Ovidiu Ghitta, professor PhD (dean, Faculty of History and Philosophy, Babeş- Bolyai University)
Liviu Maior, professor PhD
Gheorghe Cojocaru, professor PhD habil. (Institute of History, Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Chișinău)
Ana Victoria Sima, senior lecturer PhD (Academic Cultural Heritage Department, BBU)
Alex Marshall, senior lecturer PhD (University of Glasgow, UK)

Organizing Committee
Ioan Bolovan, professor PhD (vice-rector, Babeş-Bolyai University)
Ana Victoria Sima, associate professor PhD (Academic Cultural Heritage Department, UBB)
Luminiţa Dumănescu, research scientist II PhD (Center for Population Studies, BBU)
Marius Eppel, research scientist II PhD (Museum Service, BBU)
Daniela Mârza, research scientist II PhD (Center for Transylvanian Studies, Romanian Academy)
Oana Tămaş PhD (Centre for University Strategy and Quality Management, BBU)
Silvia Corlățeanu-Granciuc, research scientist II PhD (Institute of History, Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Chișinău)

the Romanian Academy – Center for Transylvanian Studies, and the History Institute – Academy of Sciences of Moldova

Basic information:
Deadline: 30-05-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Prof. Univ. Dr. Ioan Bolovan
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