Project / event type: publication
Organiser: MemoScapes. Romanian Journal of Memory and Identit

Constructing the Social (and Individual) World: Myth, Memory, and Identity

Deadline: 30-11-2017
Location: -


Call for papers: Constructing the Social (and Individual) World: Myth, Memory, and Identity

MemoScapes. Romanian Journal of Memory and Identity Studies


Coordinator of this issue: Claudia-Florentina Dobre

30 November 2017


In our long journey through history, myths have always been with us. They flourished in ancient Greece as works of fiction being later contrasted with logos by the Christians. The Enlightenment seemed to spell myth’s doom. But even relegated to “untruth” status, myth remained important in the debates that shaped the ideals of critical thinking and rationalism.

Myths entered a new life once scientific anthropology was set on firm grounds. Anthropologists like Claude Lévi-Strauss contributed decisively to the change in the perception of myths. Lévi-Strauss saw myth as a universal – something that can be grasped by people across the world.[1] Mircea Eliade saw myth as narrating an event that took place at the beginning of historical time that might explain how a significant element of the world – an island, a plant species, a human custom, or an institution – came into being trough the agency of supernatural entities.[2]

Eliade insisted that each time a myth is told, the sacred time of the events narrated in the myth is, in a sense, brought back to life.[3] The act of narrating the myth and thereby ritually re-enacting it has the effect of suspending historical time and enabling the individual to transcend time and space. What is more, by narrating the exemplary deeds of supernatural beings, myths put forth an ideal of human conduct.[4]

Myths occupied a well-defined place in the life of traditional societies, as anthropologists have shown. By contrast, modern society has banished mythical thought as a matter of principle, but proved unable to do away with myths completely. Cornelius Castoriadis pointed out that no society can survive without symbolic constructs that can give meaning to its social life. For Castoriadis, Western society, modern and postmodern, seems to exhibit to an even greater degree the work of the social imaginary, at once instituted and instituting (that is to say, itself structured by existing historical factors while at the same structuring the emergence of novel practices and ideas).[5] Even in the guise of ideological and nationalist narratives, myths preserve their status as fundamental beliefs that can confer meaning upon the imagined destiny of the community.

Anthropologists, historians, and political scientists have found that the myths of our contemporary world are not fundamentally different from the myths of traditional societies. Their content is equally fluid, their contours are similarly ambiguous, and they display the same openness to different cultural influences.[6] As an integral part of the social imaginary, political, national, and identity myths give access to a system of interpretation and a model of social conduct.[7] They build creatively on a narrative core so as to meet the demands for making sense of the world, and buttressing social identities.[8] They provide individuals with interpretive schemes for making sense of their microcosm.[9] Myths often take the form of narratives on which individuals draw to structure their personal experiences.[10] On the other hand, for Roland Barthes, myth plays a communicative function; myth being a ‘message’.

Among the roles filled by myths in modern and postmodern society a few are worth highlighting: as tools for self-definition and identity transfer, as agents of social cohesion, as vehicles for the transmission of cultural and ideological values, and as legitimizing narratives for various political movements and regimes.[11]

Myths truly come to life when they are rooted in a shared collective memory. This shared memory of historical events and characters might even be viewed as a precondition for the successful transmission and implantation of myths. This living memory of places, characters, and events plays the key role in the genesis, diffusion, and persistence of myths. Doubtless political and cultural myths are imagined constructs, but they start from real historical facts which are reworked and fed into a discourse aimed at building social cohesion. However, one should keep in mind that collective, historical memory is always a reconstruction of the past according to the needs of the present (or at least under the influence of present events, which enter a dialogue with the past, as it were).[12] Political and national myths are closely tied to the processes of historical remembrance and historical amnesia, which are vital in the life of any community.[13]

We welcome articles that address the complex process through which memories are transformed into myths. This problematic interplay between memory and myth-making might be analysed in conjunction with the role of myths in the political and social life of nations, regions, etc. We are interested in papers dealing with myths as means of creation of national, local, collective, and even individual identities. We look for papers that show how the mythological dimension of traditional societies continued to play a role in our contemporary world, inasmuch as the new cultural/political myths reused many of the symbols that defined the earlier mythology. We welcome articles that address the issue theme from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Full article manuscripts of no more than 7500 words must be submitted to the editors by 30 November 2017 for peer review.  For further details, please look at the style guide on our website:

[1] Claude Lévi-Strauss, Anthropologie structurale, Paris, 1958, p. 232.

[2] Mircea Eliade, Aspects du mythe, Gallimard, 1963, p. 15.

[3] Mircea Eliade, Imagini si simboluri(Images and Symbols), Humanitas, 1994,  p. 70-71.

[4] Mircea Eliade, Aspects du mythe, Gallimard, 1963, p. 18.

[5] Cornelius Castoriadis, L’institution imaginaire de la société, Seuil, 1975, 174-248.

[6] Raoul Girardet, Mituri şi mitologii politice (Myths and Political Mythologies),  Institutul European, Iaşi, 1997, p. 6.

[7] Lucian Boia, Pour une histoire de l’imaginaire, Paris, Les Belles Lettres, 1998, p. 40-41.

[8] Chiara Bottici, Benoit Challand, Imagining Europe. Myth, Memory, Identity, New York, Cambridge University Press, 2013 , p. 91.

[9]Lucian Boia, op.cit.

[10]Chiara Bottici, Benoit Challand, op.cit.

[11] George Schöpflin, “The functions of myths and a taxonomy of myths”, in Geoffrey Hosking, George Schöpflin, eds., Myths and Nationhood, Routledge, New York, London, 1997, p. 22-26.

[12] Maurice Halbwachs, Les cadres sociaux de la mémoire, Paris, Albin Michel, 1994.

[13] Pierre Nora, Les lieux de memoire, Gallimard, Paris, vol. 1, p. XV-XXIV.


Basic information:
Deadline: 30-11-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: MemoScapes
Project / event type: workshops
Organiser: Université Sorbonne

The concept of the State-society relationship in comparative perspective

Deadline: 04-12-2017
Location: Paris


The concept of the State-society relationship in comparative perspective
Doctoral Workshop

Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, Institut du Monde Anglophone, 5 rue de l'Ecole de médecine, 75006 Paris

Deadline: 4 December 2017

The distinction between state and society has influenced Western European thought since the 18th century, when it began to crystallize in the context of the rise of the modern nation-state. In the 18th and 19th centuries the state-society relationship was commonly articulated in terms of autonomy and emancipation, tending towards interpretations of the relationship as dichotomous or even antagonistic. This emphasis led to the eclipse of the concept from about the middle of the 19th century (being considered, against the background of the “social question” for instance, as no longer adequate to “think” the increasingly complex interpenetration of state and society), but perhaps also contributed to its rediscovery as of the 1980s, particularly in the context of struggles with totalitarian regimes. Although the dichotomous, even antagonistic understanding of the state-society relationship that was revived in view of these struggles led to renewed critique of the concept, this did not this time lead to its abandonment. Rather, an increasing body of academic literature internationally has explored, modified, and attempted to apply (usually in research on “civil society”) a notion that, however it is defined, is now widely agreed to be foundational to the democratic order (Keane 1988/2010). This new association in political theory of the state-society relationship with liberal democracy, with its role in balancing the claims of pluralism (e.g., freedom and autonomy in forming individual and group identities) and citizenship (e.g., the norms of “civility”), has undeniably normative implications (cf. Rosenblum/Post 2002; Chambers/Kopstein 2009). Nevertheless, that has not prevented the use of this concept as a theoretical or heuristic framework in academic research, not only in the political and social sciences but also as an “ideal-type” (highly debated and even contested) for the analysis and interpretation of historical developments, social structures and institutions (cf. Kocka 2000; Gosewinkel 2011).

For those interested in a comparative perspective, understanding and applying this framework becomes only more complex as they struggle to orientate themselves within the academic discussion in other cultural/linguistic contexts. In other academic cultures the discussion may be confined to other disciplines (or seemingly absent altogether), or different categorizations and terminology may be used. Different problems and critiques may be formulated, or indeed similar ones using different language or different angles of approach. This is complicated by the fact that much of recent discourse on the concept has been mediated through the English concept of “civil society”. On the other hand, the conceptual history of the state-society relationship is marked by both convergences and divergences among “national” traditions in Western Europe.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together doctoral students at any stage in their research project (those in early stages are expressly encouraged to participate) to explore the state-society distinction/relationship as a theoretical or heuristic framework for their research. The aim is to “pool resources” in order to aid reflection on this concept and its application in research across national/linguistic and disciplinary boundaries and to increase awareness of debates and problematizations (and resources) outside of participants’ “home” culture. This will be done, not in abstract, but through participants’ reflections on the state-society relationship in relation to their own concrete research projects. How can this notion provide a framework (or why is it not usable) for analysis and interpretation of their material? Which conceptual or practical problems are they facing in the operationalization of this concept?

The workshop will be based on 20-min. papers or presentations followed by roundtable discussions. We will be accompanied in our explorations by Sylvie Le Grand Ticchi, lecturer (MCF-HDR) at the University of Paris Nanterre and a member of the Centre for German Studies and Research (CEREG) at the Sorbonne Nouvelle and Paris Nanterre. She has published diverse studies on state, society and religion in comparative perspective, e.g., in regard to constitutional issues (including a study of E.-W. Böckenförde), education, and political resistance (in former East Germany). We hope to be joined in addition by one or two other experienced researchers.

Proposals from all disciplines and fields of study are welcome; comparative perspectives are especially welcome but not a requirement. Research projects can include both historical and contemporary topics and need not be limited to Europe or defined by the nation-state.

Submission of proposals: Please send your proposal for a 20 min. paper or presentation as a PDF or Word document to Lise van der Eyk ( by 4 Dec 2017; the document should include the title of your presentation, an abstract of max. 300 words, and your full name and institutional affiliation. Proposals may be submitted in French or English. You will receive a response within approx. one week after the deadline to facilitate early booking of travel and accommodation. Funding is being sought in order to assist in covering traveling expenses for those unable to benefit from a reimbursement through their home institution, but cannot be guaranteed at this point.

Selected Sources:
The sources listed below are a few relatively easily accessible entry points into the discussion in different academic contexts; they can be consulted for more extensive bibliographies or for examples of research applications. PLEASE NOTE: The choice of sources below should not be considered as limiting the scope of the discussion!!!
Biziou, Michaël (2004). “De la société civile à la société civile mondiale.” Cités 2004/1 (no. 17): 13-23. DOI 10.3917/cite.017.0013.
Böckenförde, Ernst-Wolfgang (1992). “Die Bedeutung der Unterscheidung von Staat und Gesellschaft im demokratischen Sozialstaat der Gegenwart.” In Recht, Staat, Freiheit: Studien zur Rechtsphilosophie, Staatstheorie und Verfassungsgeschichte. 2nd ed., 209–43. Frankfurt a/M: Suhrkamp.
Chambers, Simone and Jeffrey Kopstein (2009). “Civil Society and the State.” In Oxford Handbook of Political Theory. Edited by Anne Phillips, Bonnie Honig and John S. Dryzek, 363–81. Available online:…/civil_society_and_the_state… (accessed 14/10/2017).
Colliot-Thélène, Catherine (1996). “Etat et société civile.” In Dictionnaire de philosophie politique. Edited by Philippe Raynaud and Stéphane Rials, 225–30. Paris: PUF.
DeLue, Steven M. (2015). “Civil Society.” In Encyclopedia of Political Thought, Vol. 2. Edited by Michael T. Gibbons et al., 531–42. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.
Ferry, Luc (1999). “L’émergence du couple Etat/société.” In Histoire de la philosophie politique. Tôme IV: Les critiques de la modernité politique. Edited by Alain Renaut, 37–51. Paris: Calmann-Lévy.
Gosewinkel, Dieter (2011). “Civil Society.” In European History Online (EGO). Available online: 21/10/2017).
Keane, John (2010). “Civil Society, Definitions and Approaches.” In International Encyclopedia of Civil Society. Edited by Helmut K. Anheier, Stefan Toepler and Regina List. Available online:…/jk_civil_sciety_definitions_ency… (accessed 21/10/2017).
Keane, John (1988). “Despotism and Democracy: The Origins and Development of the Distinction Between Civil Society and the State 1750-1850.” In Civil Society and the State: New European Perspectives. Edited by John Keane, 35–71. London, New York: Verso.
Kocka, Jürgen (2000). “Zivilgesellschaft als historisches Problem und Versprechen.” In Europäische Zivilgesellschaft in Ost und West: Begriff, Geschichte, Chancen. Edited by Manfred Hildermeier, Jürgen Kocka and Christoph Conrad, 13–40. Frankfurt/New York: Campus.
Rangeon, François (1986). “Société civile : histoire d'un mot.” In La société civile. By Jacques Chevallier et al., 9—32. Paris: PUF. Available online: (accessed 21/10/2017).
Rosenblum, Nancy L. and Robert C. Post, eds (2002). Civil Society and Government. Princeton: Princeton University Press. [collection of essays discussing the state-society relationship as viewed through the lens of different political theories: classical liberalism, liberal-egalitarianism, critical theory, feminism, natural law, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Islam, Confucian]


Basic information:
Deadline: 04-12-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Lise van der Eyk
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: network on Culture and its Uses as Testimony


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


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


Basic information:
Deadline: 13-12-2017

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Basic information:
Deadline: 15-12-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Giovanni Miglianti
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

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

Deadline: 17-12-2017
Location: Kraków


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

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

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

Proposals should include:

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

Jagiellonian University

Basic information:
Deadline: 17-12-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Dr. Hanna Węgrzynek
Project / event type: publication
Organiser: Masarykův ústav a Archiv AV ČR

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

Deadline: 31-12-2017
Location: -


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

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


Basic information:
Deadline: 31-12-2017

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

Call for Participation: Descendants of Victims of Nazi Persecution

Deadline: 05-01-2018
Location: Cologne


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We are looking forward to your active participation.

AG 1 - Call for Papers:

Call for Participation: Working Group on Psychosocial Issues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


AG 2 - Call for Papers:

Call for Participation: Working Group on Historico-Political Education

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Further information can be found here:


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

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

Basic information:
Deadline: 05-01-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Adina Dymczyk
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Royal Anthropologiccal Institute

Art, Materiality and Representation

Deadline: 08-01-2018


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



Basic information:
Deadline: 08-01-2018

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

PhD studentships at the Centre for Memory, Narrative and Histories

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


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


Deadline: 28-01-2018
Location: Linz/Upper Austria


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

54th ITH Conference

Linz/Upper Austria
6-8 September 2018

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

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

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

State of the Art and Research Gaps

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

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

Conference Goals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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


Basic information:
Deadline: 28-01-2018

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

Memories in motion: transnational and migratory perspectives in memory processes

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


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

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

The Network

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

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

The 2018 Conference

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

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

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

Keynote speakers

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

Submission of abstracts

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

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

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

Conference venue

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

Conference languages

English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian

Organizing committee

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


Basic information:
Deadline: 31-01-2018

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Programme Committee: Jože Pirjevec, Mateja Režek, Jure Ramšak


Basic information:
Deadline: 31-01-2018

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

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

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


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

Register now:

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

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

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

Association des Professeurs d’Histoire et de Géographie

Basic information:
Deadline: 31-01-2018

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

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

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


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

Instytut Historii Polskiej Akademii Nauk

Deadline: 31/01/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Basic information:
Deadline: 31-01-2018

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


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



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

Deadline: 31 JANUARY 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Publication of Papers

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


Basic information:
Deadline: 31-01-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: International Association for Southeast European A
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Univeristy of Graz

Transcending Borders – Redrawing Perspectives

Deadline: 04-02-2018
Location: Graz


Transcending Borders – Redrawing Perspectives
International & Interdisciplinary Student Conference

May 4-6, 2018
University of Graz

On May 4-6, 2018, the Center for Inter-American Studies at the University of Graz is hosting a student conference with the aim of gathering students from different disciplines and backgrounds to exchange their research from an interdisciplinary, interregional and transnational perspective. Due to contemporary developments, such as migration and flight movements as well as ensuing political debates that demand stricter border policies and surveillance, the topic of borders has recently (re-)gained political momentum.

We, however, want to transcend these narrow political definitions associated with the term and understand ‘borders’ in a broader sense as encompassing several meanings or layers of meaning. Thus, we encourage participants to develop new associations with and understandings of the term. ‘Borders’ can refer to any dividing line, including national, political, and geographical borders as well as boundaries between ethnic, gender, national, class, or age identities. In order to transcend these borders, possible topics may address, but are not limited to the following questions:
Why do borders exist?
Why and how are they drawn?
How do they manifest themselves?
What are their meanings for different societal actors?
How are they perceived, portrayed, and represented?
Who do they include and exclude?
When, how, and why are borders transgressed, dissolved, or transformed?
What are consequences of the construction, transgression, or dissolution of borders?
Are borders absolute or permeable? Do they draw a clear line or do they feature grey areas?

Additionally, our focus lies on the human actors involved, drawing attention to those who are affected by these processes as well as to those who have initiated them. We invite participants to transcend disciplinary borders, taking into consideration methods and approaches of other disciplines in order to question and re-define assumptions, definitions, and categories of their own discipline and research.
Internationality and interdisciplinarity are competences that are currently in high demand in academia. This conference will, therefore, provide opportunities for students to develop their presentation skills, discuss their research, and to experience an essential aspect of academic work. Academia continues to be an exclusive field, oftentimes discouraging students from participating actively in research, particularly those from a non-academic background. Therefore, this conference aims specifically at providing an inclusive, welcoming, and supportive environment for all students, in which they can prosper and evolve. If you have an interesting idea for a presentation or a poster, don’t doubt yourself and apply!

Participation will be open to bachelor and master students from all backgrounds. PhD students are also invited to participate and will present on an extra panel. Possible fields of study may include, but are not limited to the humanities and social studies (e.g. cultural studies, history, sociology, political sciences, ethnology, cultural anthropology, linguistics, literary studies, archaeology, and art history). The working language at the conference will be English.

The deadline for submission is 4 February 2018 at 23:59. Applicants will be notified about the acceptance of their proposals by 18 February 2018.

Call for Papers:
Presentations: 20 minutes,
followed by 10 minutes of discussion
We strongly encourage the use of visual aids, alternative presentation formats and creative presentation methods.
Proposals (3,000-4,000 characters) should include research questions, thesis, main points, and conclusions. Additionally, an overview of the sources that will be used and a bibliography should be provided.

Call for Posters:
Posters should clearly depict the most important aspects of your research, including your thesis. Presenters must be present during the conference to explain their posters.
Format: DIN A0 (841mm wide x 1189mm high)
The organizers will print the submitted posters collectively.
Proposals (3,000-4,000 characters) should include research questions, thesis, main points, and conclusions. Additionally, an overview of the sources that will be used and a bibliography should be provided. You may also include a first draft of your poster.
Additionally, a short curriculum vitae is to be included in the application. It should briefly – in one paragraph – introduce the applicant and their background, their field of study, level of study as well as their research interests.

The conference fee is 20€, which may be covered by your university. In exceptional cases, we can waive this fee, as we do not wish to deter anyone from participating in the conference due to financial reasons. If possible, we will also provide financial support for accommodation and travel costs. However, we strongly advise to ask at your university for additional funding.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. All correspondence, including your proposals for papers or posters and your CV as well as further questions, should be addressed to
Marlene Fößl (
University of Graz
Department of History
Heinrichstraße 26
8010 Graz


Basic information:
Deadline: 04-02-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Marlene Fößl
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: 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