Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: ENRS

Central and Eastern Europe after the First World War

Deadline: 22-07-2017
Location: Berlin


Call for Papers
Conference “Central and Eastern Europe after the First World War”
In the early years following the First World War (1918–1923), political, military, cultural, social and economic developments consolidated to a high degree in Central and Eastern Europe. This period was shaped, on the one hand, by the efforts to establish an international structure for
peace and to set previously oppressed nations on the road to emancipation. On the other hand, this time was also defined by political revisionism and territorial claims, as well as a level of political violence that was effectively a continuation of the war in many places, albeit under modified conditions. Political decision makers sought to protect the emerging nation states from radical political utopias but, at the same time, also had to rise to the challenges of a social and economic crisis, manage the reconstruction of the many extensively devastated landscapes and provide for the social care and support of victims of war. When faced with these conflicting trends, differing memories developed regarding this period of just five years, making the
concept of any transnational memorial culture appear barely possible even to the present day. The conference will consider the period of five years starting with the Russian revolution, through the final stages of the First World War, to the year 1923. This short but critical period
saw the overcoming of hyper-inflation and creation of the “New Europe”, i.e. the new political order in Central and Eastern Europe, ensuring a degree of consolidation. More significantly, however, attention was drawn sharply to the ongoing threat to the democratic order, marked by
Adolf Hitler’s failed putsch attempt in Germany and the preceding rise to power of the fascist regime in Italy.

The aim is to achieve a balance of sub-studies and transnational investigations, in order primarily to promote mutual understanding for particular developments in individual European states, and also to do justice to overarching phenomena in the process.

Presentations are sought on the following core subject areas: 
The End of Empires and the Emergence of a New State Order 
To what extent did the First World War and the Paris Peace Conferences change the political landscape in Central Europe? What opportunities and room for manoeuvre were opened up, for
example, through the implementation of international bodies such as the inter-allied commissions, the League of Nations, and the International Court of Justice in The Hague?
New Beginnings and Political Emancipation
On what kind of ideas were the new states, or those states that had once again come into existence, founded within Central Europe? What role was played by ideas such as Socialism on the one hand and Fascism on the other? What impacts emerged from the implementation of women’s right to vote in many states and the creation of the International Labour Organization (ILO)? What were the values and convictions that underpinned the international reputation of
officials from states that had previously been considered “Underdogs”, including such individuals as Tomáš G. Masaryk, Edvard Beneš, Józef Piłsudski, Eleftherios Venizelos, Nicolae Titulescu and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk?

Social and Economic Crisis
How did the traditional (pre-war) elite within the realms of politics and the economy respond to the newly created social democracies? What were the social and mental consequences of experiences of violence, the economy of scarcity and the protracted instability? What social and
political significance did the perceived and actual burden of the reparations imposed by the victorious powers have on the German Empire, Austria, Hungary and Bulgaria?

Revolutions, Counter-revolutions, Revisionism and Territorial Claims
What expectations and fears were nurtured by the October Revolution in Russia? What types of political, military and academic arguments were used by various states to legitimise their territorial claims against other states’ lands?

Memories of the “Great War”
What forms of memories of the World War emerged and evolved in the years 1918-1923 in the individual national societies? What role was played by war graves, monuments and specific interest groups (soldiers associations, veterans and invalids groups), as well as the artistic and
intellectual treatment of the war in the visual arts, literature and in historical scholarship? What was the significance of the consideration of minority rights and the “ethnic issue” of the new order for the memorial culture of individual states?

The conference will take place from January 31 to February 2, 2018. Conference papers (in German or in English) should be a maximum length of 20,000 characters, and must be submitted prior to the conference. A publication of articles is planned to accompany a thematical open-air exhibition. This exhibition is being organized by the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity.

Persons wishing to participate in the conference should submit a paper of 400 words and a short CV in German or English before July 22, 2017.

Email Address:
Date: January 31 – February 2, 2018
Venue: Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Berlin
Conference languages: German and English

European Network Remembrance and Solidarity, Warsaw; Federal Institute for Culture and History of the Germans in Eastern Europe, Oldenburg; in cooperation with: Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) (Germany), Leipzig; Jagiellonian University of Cracow, Department of Historical Anthropology; Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Department of History; Hungarian Academy of Science, Institute for Humanities, Research Center of History; University of Cluj-Napoca.

Basic information:
Deadline: 22-07-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Bartosz Dziewanowski
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Université de Lorraine

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

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


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


Basic information:
Deadline: 15-08-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Université de Lorraine
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studie

4th International Graduate Conference Holocaust and Genocide Studies

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Research Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University

Basic information:
Deadline: 31-08-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Thomas Kühne
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: London Arts & Humanities Partnership


Deadline: 12-09-2017
Location: London




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Commemorative sites and lived in space

* Nostalgia and home

* Cartography and map making

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

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

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

Institute of Modern Languages Research

Basic information:
Deadline: 12-09-2017

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

What Remains of Galicia? Continuities – Ruptures – Perspectives

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


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

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

Basic information:
Deadline: 30-09-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: PhD program “Austrian Galicia and its multicultura