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  1. Type: Workshops
    Deadline: 31-03-2021
    Organiser: Mnemonics: Network for Memory Studies

    Call for Papers Mnemonics 2021: Memory and Migration

    Contact details:

    The ninth Mnemonics: Network for Memory Studies summer school will be hosted by Aarhus University from Wednesday 18 to Saturday 21 August 2021, at the historical Sandbjerg Manor in Southern Denmark.

    The annual Mnemonics summer school brings together junior and senior scholars in the interdisciplinary field of memory studies, affording PhD students from around the world the opportunity to receive extensive feedback about their projects from distinguished memory experts and to catch up with the newest methodological and theoretical trends in memory studies. Each meeting features three keynotes and about 24 PhD student presentations followed by in-depth commentaries by senior scholars from partner institutions. Mnemonics is a great platform for learning, mentoring, and networking, and specifically designed to meet the needs and interests of the next generation of memory scholars.

    The 2021 topic will be Memory and Migration. Wars, political upheavals, global inequality, economic crises, and climate change contribute to extensive migrations. The movement of people – close to home, to neighboring countries, and around the globe – is replete with memory phenomena, opportunities, and problems. Both moving and receiving communities have interesting and often conflictual transcultural and transnational experiences as a result of migrations that set their collective memories on new trajectories. Moreover, memory factors play a decisive role in migrants’ decisions on how to plan and implement their flight or travel. At the same time, the self-perception of receiving communities, including their own memories of migratory events, influence how they respond to people crossing borders and seeking shelter and opportunity in their midst. Sometimes whole societies appear to be on the move without even having set foot in a foreign country, as happened after the end of the Cold War when the rules of everyday life changed rapidly in Eastern Europe and rendered cherished memories dysfunctional. Finally, the movement of people comprises a vast spectrum of ‘migrants’ including war refugees, workers, tourists, and exchange students, and all these activities feature relevant memory components and implications. Finally, memory is itself a migratory phenomenon crossing national and cultural borders in predictable as well as surprising patterns.

    Confirmed Keynote Speakers
    Michael Rothberg, University of California, Los Angeles

    Tanja Thomas, University of Tübingen

    Barbara Törnquist-Plewa, Lund University

    Possible Topics
    Migration studies is an established field of academic research within the Humanities and Social Sciences, and migration has been identified as a key factor of “traveling memories” (Erll, 2011). But the intersection between memory studies and migration studies is still an emergent field. Volumes such as Memory and Migration (Creet and Kitzmann, 2011), History, Memory and Migration (Glynn and Kleist, 2012), and Memories on the Move (Palmberger and Tošić, 2016) stand out as broad introductions. The volume Migration, Memory and Diversity (Wilhelm, 2016) focuses specifically on Germany, while the Danish research project on “The Postmigrant Condition” has addressed a variety of art-forms that oppose current conceptions of migration and integration and searched for new ideas of citizenship beyond the nation-state (Petersen and Schramm, 2017). The Mnemonics 2021 summer school will explore further, both theoretically and through the study of particular cases, the interplay between migration and memory. It aims to expand and refine our conceptual and methodological tools for capturing this nexus by approaching our topic along three axes of inquiry:

    Memories of Migration, i.e., the memories of migrants and of their travel and home cultures, the receiving countries’ remembrance of migration processes, the (in)ability of migrants’ cultural productions to transcend national and cultural borders, and the extent to which mediatized memories of forced or voluntary human movement in one context trigger and frame the recollection of migration processes in other contexts.
    Memories for or against Migration, i.e., the way in which processes of remembering and forgetting give purpose, velocity, and direction to the movement of people, how memory and forgetting are implicated in fantasies and practices of settledness and non-migration, and the relevance of memory and forgetting for social, cultural, economic, political, and legal integration.
    Migration of Memories, i.e., the intersection, dialogue, or conflict between different memory cultures in multicultural or postmigrant societies, the traversal of cultural borderlines that brings forth a hybridization of historical legacies, the travel and circulation of narratives, images, and models of remembrance, including the way in which migration brings disparate perceptions of the past into contact which each other.
    We invite paper proposals from PhD students that contribute to any of these lines of inquiry or explore their points of intersection. We welcome contributions from across disciplines reflecting on the cultural, social, methodological, or ethical issues in this emerging field of research. Possible topics include, but are certainly not restricted to:

    How do refugees, communities, and the media remember and forget the so-called migration crisis?
    How do cultural memories influence the reception of migrants and other moving people?
    How do the politics of memory and forgetting shape migration policies and migration decisions?
    What affects and emotions inform and support the memories of migration?
    What transcultural and transnational memories develop through moving experiences?
    Do classic immigration and classic emigration countries sport specific memory regimes?
    How does memory facilitate racism, and how can memory prevent the reproduction of racism?
    What memories of migration make the most political and moral sense?
    What new memory communities develop through migration processes?
    What theoretical tools of memory studies – cosmopolitan, antagonistic, agonistic, transcultural, hybrid memories – are particularly useful to understand the interdependence of memory and migration? What new tools need to be developed?
    What happens when memories migrate?
    How and why do memories travel?
    What factors facilitate or obstruct the transcultural circulation of memories?
    The summer school will include several keynote sessions and general discussions. The main emphasis, however, is on the presentation of PhD work in progress in the form of panels of three students who each give a 15-minute talk that is based on their ongoing research while also relevant to the theme of this year’s school. In order to foster feedback and discussion, each panel will be chaired by a senior scholar who acts as respondent and kicks off the extensive Q&A. The summer school will also include a workshop on professional skills and career planning.

    Participants are expected to be able to present their work in an accessible manner to the group at large within the time allotted. They are also expected to pre-circulate their paper to the other members of their panel and to the organizers at least three weeks in advance of the school. Finally, they are expected to be in full attendance for the duration of the school.

    Practical Information
    Local Organizers
    Mnemonics 2021 will be hosted by “Uses of the Past” at Aarhus University. It is being organized by Prof. Wulf Kansteiner and Prof. Hans Lauge Hansen in collaboration with Associate Prof. Jessica Ortner (University of Copenhagen).

    All events will take place at Sandbjerg Manor. Sandbjerg Manor is located in the southernmost part of Jutland, close to the German border. We kindly advise participants traveling by plane to arrive/depart via Hamburg airport and then proceed by train to Flensburg. The organizers will provide a shuttle service from Flensburg to Sandbjerg Manor.

    Wednesday 18 August 2021, 3.00 p.m. (check-in) – Saturday 21 August 2021, 3.00 p.m. (check-out).

    The registration fee for the summer school is €150; successful applicants will be expected to pay this fee in advance (more information to follow). The fee covers tuition, single room accommodation (three nights), and all breakfasts, lunches, refreshments, and dinners.

    Financial Aid
    Memory studies is an increasingly global field, and we hope to see this reflected in the composition of the participant group. We therefore encourage doctoral students based at non-European institutions, particularly in the global South, to apply for admission to the summer school. In order to facilitate participation from the global South, the Danish Memory Studies Network offers the possibility of applying for financial aid (travel expenses and/or reduced fees), which will be awarded on the basis of merit and need. If you want to be considered for financial aid, please indicate this in your application, include a budget estimate, and disclose other sources of funding you have access to.

    Submissions are open to all doctoral students interested in memory studies. Half of the 24 available places are reserved for students affiliated with Mnemonics partner institutions.

    If you wish to be considered for a place, you should send a 300-word abstract for a 15-minute paper (including title, name, and institutional affiliation), a description of your doctoral research project (one paragraph), and a short CV (max. 1 page) as a single Word or PDF document to mnemonics2020 [at] cas [dot] au [dot] dk.

    Applications should be submitted by 31 March 2021, 11.00 p.m. (CET). Notification of acceptance: 15 April 2021. Deadline for submission of paper drafts: 31 July 2021.

    Please write to mnemonics2020 [at] cas [dot] au [dot] dk.

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    Brownlie, S. (2019) Discourses of Memory and Refugees: Exploring Facets. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
    Creet, J. and Kitzmann, A. (Eds.) (2011) Memory and Migration: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Memory Studies, Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
    Erll, A. (2011) “Travelling Memory,” Parallax 17: 4-18.
    Glynn I and Kleist J.O. (Eds.) (2012) History, Memory and Migration. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
    Hansen, H. L. (2020) “On Agonistic Narratives of Migration”, International Journal of Cultural Studies (online first)
    Kansteiner, W. (2019) “Migration, Racism and Memory,” Memory Studies 12/6, 611-616.
    Palmberger, M. and Tošić, J. (Eds.) (2016) Memories on the Move. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
    Pedersen A.R. and Schramm M. (2017) “(Post-)Migration in the Age of Globalisation: New Challenges to Imagination and Representation,” Journal of Aesthetics & Culture 9, 1-12.
    Rothberg, M. (2014) “Multidirectional Memory in Migratory Settings”. In: Transnational Memory. Rigney & De Cesari (Eds.), Berlin: DeGruyter, 123-145.
    Thomas, T., Kruse, M., and Stehling, M. (2019) Media and Participation in Post-Migrant Societies. London: Rowman and Littlefield.
    Wilhelm, C. (2016) Migration, Memory, and Diversity. New York: Berghahn.
  2. Type: Competition
    Deadline: 31-03-2021
    Organiser: The Estonian Institute of Historical Memory

    The Estonian Institute of Historical Memory International Research Papers Competition

    Contact details:

    Coordinator: Eli Pilve
    The Estonian Institute of Historical Memory invites young scholars to participate in an international research competition on communism

    The Estonian Institute of Historical Memory invites researchers aged up to 35 (included) to participate in an international research competition with their academic publications or unpublished Master’s and Doctoral theses on the history of communist ideology or the various aspects of the activities of communist regimes. The topics do not need to be related to Estonia’s history.
    Submitted papers are evaluated in two categories and rewarded with €1,500 and €3,000 respectively.
    Papers may be submitted in Estonian, English, Russian, German, French or Finnish. If the paper is in a different language, please add a summary in one of the aforementioned languages. Submissions will be accepted until 31 March 2021 (included).
    The 2018 competition winners were:
    In the category of unpublished papers, Stefan Gužvica (Central European University) with Before Tito: The Communist Party of Yugoslavia during the Great Purge (1936–1940), published by Tallinn University Press in 2020;
    In the category of published articles, Elena Kochetkova (University of Helsinki) with Industry and Forests: Alternative Raw Materials in the Soviet Forestry Industry from the mid-1950s to the 1960s (published in Environment and History 24(3), August 2018).

    Statute of the Estonian Institute of Historical Memory International Research Papers Competition

    I Objective of the competition
    The objective of this international research paper competition is to support the research of young scholars (up to 35 years old) in the Estonian Institute of Historical Memory’s (henceforth EIHM) fields of research.

    II General provisions of the competition
    1. The competition will be announced on 22 February 2021 on the EIHM website ( and the announcement will also be publicised in the EIHM partners’ information channels and in the media.
    2. In order to apply for the competition, a research paper and other necessary documents have to be submitted by 31 March 2021 (included). The winners’ names and the titles of their papers will be disclosed on the EIHM website by 30 April of the same year at the latest.
    3. A research paper participating in the competition is understood as being:
    - an unpublished Master’s thesis or Doctoral dissertation that meets the academic content and format requirements. A published paper is understood as being an edited and published monograph available on the market.
    - a published academic publication at the 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2. level according to the Estonian Research Information System (ETIS) classification.
    4. Research papers that are not written in Estonian, English, Russian, German or French must be provided with a summary (up to 9,000 characters) in one of the above-mentioned languages.
    5. The topics of the research papers participating in the competition must tie in with one or several of the following fields of research:
    - the history of communist regimes and communist ideology;
    - human losses as a consequence of the implementation of the ideology and policies of communist regimes (crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide);
    - material and environmental damage caused by the ideology, policies and economic system of communist regimes;
    - (both successful and unsuccessful) attempts by communist regimes to establish communist polities in other countries (export of revolution);
    - the social and intellectual legacy of the actions, ideology, and influence of communist regimes in countries formerly under communist rule as well as in other countries.
    6. Research papers participating in the competition are on topics that according to the ETIS classification of fields and specialties of research belong to the general category 2. Culture and Society, and to the categories 1.4. Ecology, Biosystematics and –physiology; 1.8. Research relating to the State of the Environment and to Environmental Protection; 1.9. Research into Substances Hazardous to the Environment; and 1.11. Research relating to Environmental Policy, Environmental Economy and Environmental Law, under the general category 1. Biosciences and Environment.
    7. The competition will be announced in two categories:
    - 3,000 euros for an unpublished doctoral dissertation and 1,500 euros for an unpublished Master’s thesis with an opportunity to publish the paper in an EIHM publication. The Estonian Institute of Historical Memory will organise the publication of awarded unpublished research papers in agreement with their authors.
    - 1,500 euros for published research publications.

    III. Participation in the competition
    8. Competition participant (henceforth participant) may submit only one research paper that has been written in the same or preceding calendar year as that of the competition. Collectives of authors are also considered a participant.
    9. The participant submits their research paper (in PDF format) and other necessary documents as e-mail attachments to the address under the subject line ‘EIHM Research Papers Competition’:
    - a curriculum vitae including an overview of the participant’s academic research and published publications;
    - the participant’s consent for submitting the research paper to the competition.
    10. A research paper that has already participated in this competition in full or in part may not be submitted again.

    IV Conduct of the competition
    11. The EIHM will form a jury to carry out the competition in accordance with the receipt of research papers. The chairman of the jury is a member of the Council or the Board of the EIHM and has the deciding vote. Jury members must have a doctoral degree (PhD).
    12. If a jury member is a supervisor of a research paper submitted to the competition or is a close relative, spouse or family member of a competition participant, or has a conflict of interest deriving from some other circumstance regarding a particular paper that has been submitted to the competition, this jury member will not participate in the evaluation of the research paper in question.
    13. Each jury member will independently familiarise herself / himself with the papers in their field of expertise, filling out the evaluation form for each individual research paper (see the appendix). The completed evaluation forms will be sent to all jury members.
    14. The competition winners will be selected by a simple majority vote held at a jury meeting. If the best two or more papers are tied in the number of points earned in the first voting round, a second voting round will be held for those papers. If the second voting round also produces a tie in the points awarded, a third voting round will be held. During the jury meeting(s), minutes will be taken. Jury meeting(s) may also be held electronically.
    15. The jury has the right to propose to the EIHM not to award some of the prizes, or to declare the competition a failure, in the event of the absence of research papers of sufficient quality.
    16. The competition results will be announced on the EIHM website ( and the winners will be contacted personally.

    V Failure of the competition
    17. The competition will be considered a failure if not a single research paper submitted to the competition meets the requirements of the statute. In the event of the failure of the competition, a repeat competition will be announced.
  3. Type: Conference
    Deadline: 14-04-2021
    Location: Cracow
    Organiser: Pedagogical University of Cracow

    History as an Instrument of Contemporary International Conflicts

    Disputes between states and conflicts regarding the past are among the key sources of serious international rows. Such controversies may be defined as a situation of political and social stress connected with active, serious disparities of judgments referring to the common past of the disputing sides, including such disputes as those regarding borders, past armed conflicts, occupation, annexation, war crimes and crimes against humanity, oppression, discrimination, responsibility for international crises and humanitarian disasters, disputes on cultural legacy and achievements, among others. The convenors are setting up the 2nd edition of History as an Instrument of Contemporary International Conflicts conference to include new insightful analyses of the most important international disputes and conflicts, in which history is a subject or an instrument. Thus, the organisers wish to:
    - identify and compare conflicts of this kind;
    - propose a typology of such conflicts;
    - verify and interpret the thesis on the alleged increase of these conflicts in the world today;
    - comprehend political, social, and psychological functions of historical conflicts;
    - engage in an attempt to analyse them by using social science methods;
    - familiarise ourselves with methods of solving conflicts in which history is employed as an instrument;
    - indicate means to overcome traumatic historical experiences that have burdened international relations even decades later;
    - discuss further directions of evolution of studies on conflicts in which history is used as an instrument.

    Guidelines for authors and important dates
    You are kindly requested to send in abstracts up to 300 words in English as well as a short biographical sketch (not more than 100 words). Submission should include up to 5 appropriate and short keywords that capture the principal topics of the paper. The Programme Council of the conference reserves the right to select the papers according to the conference concept. Article files should be provided in Microsoft Word format or as a PDF of the document. Text in final version should not exceed 40 thousand characters including spaces. All references in your manuscript must be formatted using The Chicago Manual of Style.

    Abstract and any other correspondence concerning the conference should be sent to:

    Please, remember the following important dates:
    Abstract Submission Deadline: April 14, 2021 (inclusive)
    Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: May 5, 2021 (inclusive)
    Final Paper Submission Deadline: September 14, 2021(inclusive)
    Presentation files: video or presentation slides deadline: November 4, 2021 (inclusive)
    Conference: November 8-10, 2021.

    Conditions for participation in the conference:
    As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event most likely will be held as an international online conference. The final decision regarding the type of conference (virtual or in person) will be announced to participants in the spring of 2021. The conference organisers, should the meeting be in person, will provide accommodation and catering as well as the opportunity to participate in activities connected with the conference. The conference organisers do not, however, cover travel costs for conference participants.

    Conference Committee
    Honorary Patronage:
    Professor Piotr Borek, Ph.D., Rector of the Pedagogical University of Cracow
    Professor Jan Rydel, Ph.D., Pedagogical University of Cracow
    Prof. Zheng Wang, Seton Hall University (To be confirmed)
    Professor Stefan Troebst, Dr. phil. habil., Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe), University of Leipzig
    Łukasz Kamiński, Ph.D., University of Wrocław, the President of the Paweł Włodkowic Institute

    Professor Michał Rogoż, Ph.D., Vice-Rector for Research of the Pedagogical University of Cracow
    Professor Roman Kochnowski, Ph.D., Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Pedagogical University of Cracow
    Professor Małgorzata Winiarczyk-Kossakowska, Ph.D., Director of the Institute of Political Sciences and Administration of the Pedagogical University of Cracow
    Antje Zettler, Managing Director of the Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe), University of Leipzig
    Rafał Rogulski, Director of Institute of European Network Remembrance and the Solidarity, Warsaw

    Conference Secretariat
    Przemysław Łukasik, Ph.D., Pedagogical University of Cracow

    Main organiser:
    Pedagogical University of Cracow

    Partner institutions:
    Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe), University of Leipzig
    Institute of European Network Remembrance and the Solidarity, Warsaw
    Paweł Włodkowic Institute, Wrocław

    Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Poland