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This database has been created in order to facilitate exchange of information on the latest initiatives in the field of history and memory of 20th century in Europe. If you are looking for opportunities, check out current calls for applications / papers below. If you organise a relevant event, feel free to add your call by clicking the blue arrow:

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  1. Type: Workshops
    Deadline: 22-07-2019
    Location: Belfast
    Organiser: Ulster University

    Remembering During Conflict: Memory As A Form Of Resistance

    We invite submissions to our one-day, postgraduate interdisciplinary workshop supported by TJI and INCORE, at the Ulster University on 1st October 2019 9.30 am – 5.30 pm at Ulster University, Belfast.

    This workshop explores the role of memory as a form of resistance in conflicts. It aims to widen the conversation about how individuals, groups, communities, civil or state organisations, and societies understand and actively engage with resistance through remembering and/or forgetting. In societies embedded in conflict, the accounts represented, reconstructed, and narrated through the recollection of memory, may become a form of resistance. These initiatives might be promoted by individuals or groups; from spontaneous stimuli to a well-developed strategy aiming to portray this element of resistance.

    In these lines, memory can be found in museums, memorials, rituals, physical sites, or archives, but it can also involve many other fields and disciplines that engage in remembrance. Thus, it can be found in historical narratives, political discourse, urban planning, music, painting, literature, or films, among many others.

    Within the scope of the workshop theme: “Remembering during conflict: memory as a form of resistance”, important questions and areas of exploration may involve, among others:

    How does memory operate as a form of resistance?
    What processes does memory (as a form of resistance) entail, foster and encourage?
    What are the real or perceived outcomes of using memory as a form of resistance?
    Who uses memory (as a form of resistance) and for what purposes?
    Does the time matter? Is there a right time for memory to be used? How does the use of memory vary in different stages of the conflict?
    Abstract Submission

    In this workshop, we are inviting all range of creative inputs, from academic papers, and poster presentations to photo exhibitions, videos, documentaries and/or other forms of arts. For all different types of input, we welcome abstracts of no more than 300 words. Abstract should address the following:

    Brief outline of the work in progress
    How does your work fit in the theme of the workshop?
    A short bio and contact details
    Abstracts (300 words) should be submitted by email to by July 22, 2019.

    Application is open to PhD researchers and Early Career Researchers from all disciplines. We particularly encourage interdisciplinary, creative, international and intersectional research.

    We wish to provide a supportive and inclusive space for fruitful debates and exchanges with the contributions of academics and practitioners from Northern Ireland. In the workshop, we will have leading academics to chair the panels; and members of the community sector to contribute to discussions from the WAVE Trauma Centre, Healing Through Remembering, and the Ulster Museum. All participants in this workshop will have the chance to test out ideas in a safe and friendly environment. They will also be networking with their peers in the field. We consider this workshop as an opportunity to establish active working groups to keep developing new ideas around the themes of this workshop.

    The participants will have the opportunity to communicate their research not only in the framework of the workshop but also to a non-academic audience through videos. As part of an initiative to engage non-academic audience with academic research we are planning to present the results of the workshop in a video format at the ESRC Festival of Social Science that will take place in Northern Ireland in November 2019. To do so, we will record the participants who are willing to help us on this project, on a one-minute Q&A. All the answers will be compiled in a short video that will be screened in the ESRC festival of Social Sciences.

    In order to encourage participants with limited resources, a small number of travel bursaries are available. More details on this coming soon.

    Please do get in touch ( if you have any ideas or questions you would like to discuss.

    If you know of any institution that would be interested, please do feel free to share the call.
  2. Type: Workshops
    Deadline: 31-07-2019
    Organiser: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

    GEOP Interdisciplinary Research Workshops 2020

    POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews - through the Global Education Outreach Program - invites scholars and academic institutions to propose three-day research workshops to be held at POLIN Museum.

    GEOP Interdisciplinary Research Workshops may be devoted to any topic of relevance in Polish-Jewish Studies such as history, cultural studies, art history, public history, museology, memory studies or related subjects. We invite applications which approach the field from new and innovative perspectives and especially encourage interdisciplinary and comparative research.


    The event’s framework should be that of a research workshop, allowing ample time for discussion and a dynamic exchange of ideas between participants.
    Workshops should also include a public event addressed to the general public. This could be a lecture or a panel debate but also another form of contribution to the Museum’s activity.

    We are particularly interested in projects based on international cooperation. The GEOP aims to bring together scholars from Poland and from abroad to ensure the development of a new generation in the field of Polish-Jewish studies. Therefore, one Polish partner in addition to POLIN Museum is a must.


    POLIN Museum provides venues and organizational support before and during the event. Additionally, we offer to cover the costs of accommodation and meals during the workshop. Our contribution is, however, limited to a maximum of fifty percent of the total cost of the workshop, not exceeding $ 7,000.

    Application process and deadline:

    To be considered for funding in 2020, please submit the completed application form with letters of intent from all institutional partners outlining the extent of cooperation to: no later than 31 July 2019.

    Decisions will be announced by 30 September 2019.

    Before beginning your application, please get acquainted with the Regulations for the recruitment and course of the program of the GEOP Interdisciplinary Research Workshops [PDF] >>
  3. Type: Workshops
    Deadline: 23-08-2019
    Location: Lviv
    Organiser: Center for Urban History

    Historicity of the Visuality and Image History

    Center for Urban History opens a call for applications to the interdisciplinary workshop "Historicity of the Visuality and Image History: New Forms of Digital and Visual History/Humanities" to take place on November 14-15, 2019, in Lviv.

    Since the formulation of the "visual history" and announced pictorial turn in humanities, pictures have enjoyed increased scrutiny. Often different approaches to visual history followed an operationally mixed attitude to studying the pictures of history (cultural history) and the historicity of images (art history). Today visual history is combined out of diverse disciplines, from history to art history, from communication and media studies to social and political studies. However, the current turn to digitalization poses new challenges for visual history – it can confront images as a medium, to analyze the material dimension of traditional visuality (its mediality) and immateriality of digital pictures. In addition, images, which are disseminated through various media, cause informational overload, and require a new research agenda. The workshop purpose is to analyze the relation between history, visuality, and academia with special concerns of the digital turn. It demands to combine the theoretical debates on digital history along with the educational experience. The workshop may suggest new research directions in visual history research, to familiarize the visualization research community with the problems faced by historians, and to foster future collaboration between fields such as vision (and visualization) and historical research.

    We are interested in applications that can cover the following questions: How do we make use of images in an insightful way, and what history can learn from the new digital (visual) practices? Digital methods bring new applications and ways of dissemination. What are the lessons drawn from the new media? How do archives benefit from these applications? How institutions use digital historic projects in educational programs?

    Visual Epistemology: Defining basic concepts in digital and visual history. What do we mean by the term historic (digital) image? What are the limits? How does image change under digital turn?
    Reading Images/Films: How do we train people and historians to read images? How do we avoid the trap of overstatement while analyzing images? How the image turns from illustration to a problem? What do (digital) images want and which questions they ask?
    VR and Games: How digital applications and online projects change our imagination about the past? What are the benefits and difficulties in this new digital imaginary?
    Storytelling: How do we manage to turn image collections into narratives? What is the role of an archive in the dissemination of pictures? What are the practices to turn the collection into a story?
    Who is eligible to apply:

    We invite researchers who work with images and foster to reveal unique stories that lie within historic pictures. We are looking for researchers of various professional backgrounds, such as historians, archivists, museum curators, photography specialists, and other relevant researchers are strongly encouraged to apply.

    The application should include:

    Title and brief description of your research / project (under 500 words)
    Please, submit your applications to with the subject "Digital History Seminar 2019".
    Deadline for applications: August 23, 2019


    The organizers will cover travel to and accommodation in Lviv.

    Digital History Seminars of the Center for Urban History explores methodological, ethical and theoretical aspects of generation, collection and analysis of digital or digitalized photographs and video recordings as testimony on the past and the worlds in which people used to live or are still living. In addition, the seminars also touch upon the issue of awareness capacity of historical visual data used for comprehensive presentations and lectures for different audiences. The goal of the seminars is to have a discussion on available possibilities and challenges of digital history among researchers.

    Seminars consist of three major blocks:

    Artifacts (photographs, files, films, etc.)
    Technologies (camera, antenna, screen, print, software, etc.)
    Visual and digital methods (sense and analysis)
    The event is implemented as part of "Digital History Seminars" of the Center for Urban History of East and Central Europe as supported by the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland).
  4. Type: Conference
    Deadline: 01-09-2019
    Location: Amsterdam
    Organiser: International Association for Intercultural Education

    IAIE Conference. Strand on History Ed. Multiperspectivity in History Teaching

    Over the last 25 years, the term multiperspectivity has gained importance in history education and has been a key concept for the work of organizations such as EUROCLIO. On the one hand, advocates find that a multiperspective approach is the only way to respect the complex and multi-layered nature of history amongst diverse societies.

    On the other hand, critics fear that a multiperspective approach may lead to relativism and the denial of established facts. In practice, educators who are committed to multiperspectivity have difficulty applying this approach when it concerns topics that are highly emotive or sensitive. This strand hopes to present evidence-based research regarding how multiperspective approaches can be applied to teaching and learning history in a critical way.

    Especially, we call for research that focuses on questions that arise when applying multiperspectivity in practice. Example questions may include: What place do extre(mist) or hateful views have in multiperspective approaches? How do/should teachers integrate personal views of history? What kind of assessment is most/least suited to a multiperspective approach?

    For each of these strands, we are accepting proposals in the following categories:

    Papers on concluded or ongoing research in intercultural education and related fields
    Theoretical papers
    Posters, particularly on intercultural educational experiences and/or pilot-projects
    Book and audio/video presentations, particularly on didactical material relating to intercultural education and related fields
    Art objects, theater and circus performances, films, etc.
    Inspiring short workshops
    Adaptive e-learning tools
    For each of these categories, we are currently asking for abstracts, which should be sent to the respective strand chairs (see above).

    The abstract should be between 200 and 400 words in length
    Abstracts are to be submitted in English
    The abstract has to specify the name, institutional affiliation and email address of the author(s) as well as the strand to which it is submitted.
    Please specify also the equipment required for your presentation (PC, beamer, DVD player, Internet access, etc.).
    Finally, you are asked to express your commitment to submit a complete version of your presentation once your abstract has been accepted

    All abstracts should be sent by Sept. 1, 2019 directly to the Strand Chair(s):
    Also indicate a preference of day you would like to present.

    We cannot guarantee that your presentation can happen on that day., but we will try our best.
    Note that the presentations will take place within blocks of 90 minutes. We will attempt to keep the number of presentations to 4 per block, or less. This implies 15 minute presentations plus Q and A. Some strands will utilize a more dynamic World Cafe format at certain times, which will allow for longer presentations. This is at the discretion of the strand chairs.
    Also note that we can accept a maximum of 3 authors per paper and that one of those three authors has to attend the conference. If there are more than 3 authors, two authors need to attend and pay conference fees.
  5. Type: Publication
    Deadline: 01-09-2019
    Organiser: Space and Culture

    Space and Culture: Special issue on Critical Perspectives on Sites of Conscience

    Place, Memory & Justice: Critical Perspectives on Sites of Conscience

    A special issue of Space & Culture

    Co-edited by Justine Lloyd (Sociology, Macquarie University, Australia) & Linda Steele (Law, University of Technology, Australia)

    Sites of Conscience, as a global movement to reclaim and reinterpret places of human suffering and injustice as sites of memory, encourages reflection on how a geographically situated and specific set of past events have broader relevance to contemporary debates about democracy, human rights and social justice (Ševčenko 2010, 2011). Sites of conscience have emerged in response to diverse harms and injustices including institutional abuse, war, disappearance, environmental disaster, genocide, racial apartheid and labour exploitation.

    Sites of Conscience intersect with recent activist and art practices which engage with ‘difficult’, abjected, silenced or marginal histories, populations and places which fall outside of sentimental national historical narratives (Dwyer 2004; Ferres 2013; Kryder-Reid, 2016; Hibberd & Djuric 2013; Till 2005, 2008). This work has framed past events as injustices having an ongoing presence and dynamism in contemporary political contexts, connecting past, present and future, and putting memory into action (Foote 1998; Jones 2015; Schwarz 2013) and disrupting and transforming our understandings and practices of law, justice, human rights and democracy (Ashton & Wilson 2014; Douglas 2017; Orange 2016). By challenging linear understandings of history, Sites of Conscience potentially challenge dominant public narratives, decentre epistemic authority and complicate conventionally understood relationships between place, spatiality, temporality and materiality.

    This special issue of Space and Culture will bring together scholars, practitioners and activists to engage with sites of conscience who are interested in such sites in terms of social spaces. We are particularly interested in papers which consider how sites of conscience situate history, memory, politics, temporality, law, ethics and justice within a spatial framework. We welcome abstracts engaging with sites of conscience including in the following contexts:

    Materiality and sites of conscience.
    Digital or otherwise spatially dispersed sites of conscience.
    Relationships between spatialities of sites of conscience and temporality, materiality, and affect.
    Sites of conscience in neoliberal times – privatisation, monetisation, gentrification, development.
    Sites of conscience, dark tourism and memorialisation.
    Cases for new sites of conscience not yet in existence, including in relation to current or emerging injustice and harm.
    Sites of conscience, colonialism, self-determination and Indigenous people.
    Sites of conscience and memorialisation in everyday or social spaces.
    Relationships between place and justice in sites of conscience.
    Relationships in sites of conscience between human rights, spatiality, materiality and place.
    Place as archive, evidence or judgment.
    Sites of conscience and ethical accountability in architecture, urban planning and heritage professions.
    As well as engaging with the special issue’s theme all articles must (a) comply with the general submission requirements, (b) address the central concerns of the journal, which is to explore cutting-edge questions of spatiality and materiality by connecting conceptual analysis with empirical work (‘empirical’ being broadly construed), and (c) be of relevance to a wide international and multidisciplinary readership.

    Key dates:

    1 September 2019: deadline for abstracts (500 words) and bios (200 words)
    October 2019: authors notified of outcome of abstracts and some invited to submit full article
    1 July 2020: deadline for full articles of 7000 words (including references). Acceptance of an abstract is not a guarantee of publication.
    The editors plan to host a workshop in Sydney, Australia related to the theme of the special issue in the first half of 2020. Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be invited to participate in the workshop in order to develop their articles for submission. Funding for accepted authors’ travel costs will not be possible, but we welcome virtual participation in the workshop.

    Sites of conscience practitioners are encouraged to contact the editors if they are interested in submitting a shorter ‘praxis’ piece.

    For more information about the Journal, see the Space and Culture page at SAGE:

    For more information about the Special Issue, please email abstracts and any queries to


    Ashton, P. & Wilson, J.Z., 2014. Sites of conscience: remembering disappearance, execution, imprisonment, murder, slavery and torture. In Ashton, P., & Wilson, J. (eds) Silent System: Forgotten Australians and the Institutionalisation of Women and Children. North Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, pp. 59-70.

    Douglas, S., 2017. Curating Community: Museums, Constitutionalism, and the Taming of the Political. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

    Dwyer, O.J., 2008. Memorial landscapes: analytic questions and metaphors. GeoJournal, 73(3), pp.165–178.

    Ferres, K., 2013. The wounded city: Memory and commemoration in lower Manhattan. Communication, Politics & Culture, 46(1), pp.41–54.

    Foote, K., 1998. Shadowed Ground, America’s Landscapes of Violence and Tragedy. Austin: University of Texas Press.

    Hibberd, H. & Djuric, B., 2013. Art after oblivion: The Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Memory Project. Artlink, 33(3), pp.68-71

    Jones, S., 2015. “Simply a Little Piece of GDR History”?: The Role of Memorialization in Post-Socialist Transitional Justice in Germany. History & Memory, 27(1), pp.154–181.

    Kryder-Reid, E., 2016. California Mission Landscapes: Race, Memory, and the Politics of Heritage. University of Minnesota Press.

    Orange, J.A., 2016. Translating law into practice: museums and a human rights community of practice. Human Rights Quarterly, 38, pp. 706-735.

    Schwarz, A., 2013. “Parallel Societies” of the Past? Articulations of Citizenship’s Commemorative Dimension in Berlin’s Cityscape. Space and Culture, 16(3), pp.261–273.

    Ševčenko, L., 2010. Sites of Conscience: a new approach to memory conflicts. Museum International, 62(1-2), pp.21–27.

    Ševčenko, L., 2011. Sites of Conscience Lighting Up Dark Tourism. In Hirsch, M., & Miller, N. (eds) Rites of Return: Diaspora Poetics and the Politics of Memory. New York: Columbia University Press, pp.241-253.

    Till, K. E. 2008. Artistic and activist memory-work: Approaching place-based practice. Memory Studies, 1(1), 99–113.

    Till, K. E., 2005. Wounded cities: Memory-work and a place-based ethics of care, Political Geography 31(1), pp.3-14
  6. Type: Publication
    Deadline: 03-09-2019
    Organiser: Professor Alison Crosby

    CFP for Edited Volume - Remembering and Memorializing Violence: Transnational Dialogues

    Contact details:

    Coordinator: Heather Evans
    Call for Papers for Edited Volume
    Remembering and Memorializing Violence: Transnational Feminist Dialogues

    Proposal Deadline: September 3, 2019

    Editorial Committee: Alison Crosby, Malathi de Alwis, Heather Evans, Honor Ford-Smith, Shahrzad Mojab, Carmela Murdocca

    Contact Information:

    Introduction and Scope:
    In recent decades, a growing body of feminist scholarship has attended to the ways that we remember and memorialize our collective pasts, particularly those inscribed with political violence and social injustice (Doss 2010; Hirsch & Smith 2002; Lehrer et al. 2011; Radstone & Schwarz 2010). Feminist scholars from diverse disciplines and positionalities have illuminated how remembrance and memorialization practices are spaces of contestation over racially gendered histories, ideologies, subjectivities and imaginaries (Dean 2015; de Alwis 2009; Edkins 2003; Jacobs 2010; Razack 2012; Sturken 1997).

    Such contributions have made important interventions in a predominantly white Euro-American and liberal feminist canon of cultural memory literature that has burgeoned since the 1970s. They have called attention to the exclusionary and hegemonizing tendencies of traditional memorials, while also accounting for remembrance and memorialization through storytelling, oral histories, filmmaking, testimonies, photography, poetry, performance, artistic productions, rituals, ceremony, monuments, and archives, etc. as dynamic spaces through which communities affected by political violence resist, mobilize and enact agency (Ford-Smith 2014; Gómez-Barris 2009, 2016; Riaño-Alcalá 2015; Suarez & Suarez 2016; Taylor 2003).

    These interventions are unfortunately often siloed, precluding broader theoretical and methodological conversation. And although there exist a number of regional investigations of remembrance and memorialization initiatives in the aftermath and afterlife of political violence (Bilbija & Payne 2011; Jelin 2003; Taylor 2003), rarely do they center intersectional feminist analyses of Indigeneity, racialization, gender, sexuality and class in theorizing how those initiatives formulate within and move through complex transnational flows and circuits.

    The volume will offer timely insight into how established and emerging feminist artists, activists and scholars are thinking transnationally about the remembrance and memorialization of racially gendered colonial, imperial, militarized and state violence. We invoke a broad and critical understanding of the transnational that attends to the particularities and specificities of place-based struggles and different experiences as the grounds from which to explore connections, similarities and coalitional possibilities (Alexander 2005; Alexander & Mohanty 2010; Grewal & Kaplan 2000; Trotz 2006). We ask what a transnational feminist lens might reveal about the contested space of remembrance and memorialization, and its role in shaping our social and political realities. We also ask what the lens of remembrance and memorialization may conversely illuminate about our transnational feminist engagements and commitments, scholarly, artistic, activist and otherwise.

    Call for Papers:
    We welcome chapter proposals and creative work (that can be in print form) on a range of themes and topics, including but not limited to:

    - Forgetting, silence and silencing;
    - Performance as a framework for understanding remembrance and memorialization practices;
    - How experiences of mourning, grief and loss can mobilize political communities locally and transnationally, and/or reveal inherent interconnections among and through seemingly disparate contexts;
    - The complexities that arise as memorials and related narratives travel;
    - What subjectivities are produced through memorialization practices, and what happens as they move across time and space;
    - Ways that communities and activists generate anti-colonial, anti-imperial, anti-capitalist critiques through remembrance and memorialization practices, and the intergenerational dimensions of such;
    - Representing the unrepresentable, and the ethical considerations therein;
    - How to confront violence through the lenses of remembrance and memorialization while resisting, subverting and transforming its fetishization and spectacularization;
    - How artistic and curatorial practices function as forms of remembrance and memorialization, and/or challenge what it means to memorialize violent pasts;
    - How transitional justice and human rights regimes shape and constrain the global remembrance and memorialization landscape.

    Those whose submissions are selected for the volume will be invited to participate in a workshop in May or June 2020 at York University in Toronto, Canada (funding permitted). The workshop will be an opportunity to receive and offer feedback on paper drafts prior to final submission. It will also serve as a venue through which to collaboratively build our conceptions of transnationalism, and in particular how they inform our theorizations of remembrance and memorialization, and of memory more broadly.

    By putting into dialogue contributions from a variety of locations, contexts, disciplines, and methodological approaches, we hope to begin mapping genealogies of critical transnational feminist theoretical engagements with remembrance and memorialization, to generate innovative conversations and to facilitate ongoing collaborations.

    Submission Instructions:
    Please submit a 500-word abstract (including a working title for the proposed chapter), along with a short biography (250 words max.) to with the subject line “Edited Volume Submission.” Final chapters will be approximately 8,000 words, including footnotes and bibliography.

    This call for proposals has been developed in consultation with a leading academic publisher. Following the initial selection of proposals, a full book proposal will be sent to the publisher for review. Upon acceptance, chapter authors will be sent detailed guidelines. Chapters must be original and should not be submitted for publication elsewhere.

    Deadline for Proposal Submission: September 3, 2019
    Notification of Acceptance: September 30, 2019

    For any further questions, you may contact