Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Leibniz Fellowships "Historical Authenticity"

The Leibniz Research Alliance Historical Authenticity is pleased to
invite applications for up to three

Leibniz Fellowships "Historical Authenticity"

for the academic year 2017. These one to three-month fellowships provide
an opportunity to research in the alliance's research field and its main
topics in cooperation with one of the participating institutions.

The work of the Leibniz Research Alliance Historical Authenticity
( is based on the observation
that society's engagement with the past is increasingly determined by a
striving for historical authenticity. The value placed on "tradition",
"contemporary witnesses", "authentic locations" and "authentic objects"
reflects a new desire for historical experience. These subject- and
object-related claims of authenticity are accompanied by a desire for
things regarded as "genuine", with a wish to reconstruct or preserve the
"true" and "original". The research alliance seeks to explore how
contemporary conceptions of authenticity affect the way we deal with our
cultural heritage by examining the reconstruction and conservation of
historical artefacts, by studying the function of language as a cultural
repository and instrument, by tracing the development of school
textbooks and maps, and looking at the conception of museums, archives,
monuments and memorial sites. In four main topics, we will examine how
the discourse on authenticity has changed over the centuries, how
museums identify, (de)construct and communicate authenticity, and look
at the role of authenticity in constructions of space, as well as in
political conflicts and power relationships.

The Leibniz Research Alliance Historical Authenticity includes
historical, educational, social sciences and spatial research institutes
as well as research museums. It spans a wide range of disciplines from
cultural studies to science and technology. Eighteen Leibniz institutes
and four external partners are currently involved.

The fellowships are intended to promote academic research that fit into
the alliance's research profile. Fellowship holders can, for example,
use the stipend to research in the field of the alliance's research
areas, to develop a research project in cooperation with the host
institution or to write an article or chapter of a book. The project
should be presented in a seminar or colloquium or at one of the
alliance's meetings. Applicants must have a PhD and an outstanding
academic record. Holders of Leibniz Research Alliance Fellowships
receive a monthly grant of 2,000 EUR. The funding should cover all
expenses including travel, housing, and insurance. The host institutes
will provide office space and other relevant research facilities where

The application deadline is November 15, 2016. Decisions will be
announced by December 15, 2016. Applications in English or German must

- a letter of interest including details about the chosen
Leibniz-Institute and the length of the stay (from one to three
- a curriculum vitae (including a list of publications);
- a project proposal not exceeding 1,500 words;
- a letter of recommendation.

Please send your application to:

Dr. Achim Saupe
Leibniz Research Alliance Historical Authenticity
Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam

Applicants should apply via e-mail (one pdf-attachment only). The letter
of recommendation should be sent in a separate e-mail. For further
information regarding the Leibniz Research Alliance Historical
Authenticity, please refer to
or contact Dr. Achim Saupe:

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Crisis Talk: EU-Russia Relations in Times of Multiple Crises

on Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 12h30 – 14h30
at the Representation of the State of Hessen to the EU, Rue Montoyer 21, B-1000 Brussels
Input + Panel discussion 

Dr. Anna Veronika Wendland
Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe

Dr. Jan C. Behrends
Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam

Rebecca Harms
Member of the European Parliament,
Chair of the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance

Prof. Dr. Peter Haslinger

Monday, September 5, 2016

Starter scholarships - Basel Graduate School of History

The Basel Graduate School of History (BGSH) is offering three 1-year
starter scholarships (Start date: 1st of April 2017).

Your tasks
The purpose of the scholarships is to support you during the starting phase of your doctorate. Within the first six months of your scholarship, you must develop a grant application for your doctoral project and submit it to the Swiss National Science Foundation, or another funding institution.

Your profile
The scholarships are intended for graduates who hold a Master's degree
or an equivalent qualification in History, and who are interested in carrying out research within the fields of study represented at the Basel Graduate School of History. A high level of motivation is expected, with the ability to carry out a research project independently over the course of several years as an active member of the BGSH, and tocontribute to academic debates both within and outside the Department of History. For further information on the fields of study at the BGSH see:

What we offer
The Basel Graduate School of History offers a structured graduate studies programme in history within an intellectually inspiring environment. Doctoral students at the BGSH benefit from a rich scolarly exchange, joint workshops and research seminars, and a vast international and interdisciplinary network. Moreover, the BGSH offers further instruments to pursue your doctoral project and supports the realization of own scholarly events. The 1-year scholarship amounts to CHF 30,000 and is paid in two tranches (with intermediate evaluation).

Application / Contact
Deadline for applications: 6th of November 2016
The application is to be submitted electronically on following web
In addition, please email the following documents to the coordinator at
the Basel Graduate School of History, Dr. Roberto Sala
1. Covering letter
2. CV (including a list of publications, where applicable)
3. Outline of the dissertation project (max. 3 pages)
4. Degree certificate
5. One or two text samples (incl. master thesis or equivalent)
Please submit the documents in two separate pdf files:
- Documents 1 to 4: one single file with the title >[surname]-bew.pdf<
- Text samples: one single file with the title >[surname]-texte.pdf<
Applications can be submitted in German, French, or English. 
Applicants who are about to complete their studies can apply, provided that they
can submit an official graduation certificate no later than 14th ofFebruary 2017. Applications from doctoral students already enrolled at other institutions will not be considered. Holders of a starter scholarship must enrol as PhD students at the University of Basel.
For further information, please consult or
contact Dr. Roberto Sala at / +41 61 207 46 74

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Call for Applications:2 positions as a research assistant (PhD student) and 2 PhD scholarships at the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies (Munich and Regensburg, Germany

Beginning November 15, 2016 the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies offers the following doctoral positions: up to 2 positions as a research assistant – employment according to the German TV-L in part time (65 %) – and up to 2 PhD scholarships.

The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies is a cooperative venture organized by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich and the Universität Regensburg. The School is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) as part of the German Excellence Initiative and started in November 2012. Research at the Graduate School is conducted in three broad interdisciplinary fields:

- Origins and Forms of Social and Political Change
- Cultural Systems
- Infrastructure, Migration and Transfer of Knowledge

Research at the Graduate School focuses particularly on interrelations and interdependencies between East and Southeast Europe and other regions of the world.

In the context of its primary focus on East and Southeast Europe, the Graduate School draws on the following disciplines: History, Literary and Language Studies, Art History, Theatre Studies, Social Sciences, and Law. In the context of cross-regional comparisons and transfer studies the School’s expertise in Area Studies is complemented by insights from Chinese, Japanese and North American Studies.

For further information

Beginning November 15, 2016 available for 11,5 months with the option of extension for another 24,5 months the Graduate School offers the following doctoral positions:

up to 2 positions as a research assistant – employment according to the German TV-L in part time (65 %) – and up to 2 PhD Scholarships.

Research Associate positions:
These positions are assigned to conduct an independent PhD project. The remuneration is based on Grade E 13 (65%) of the German Public Service Salary Scale. It includes a teaching obligation of one semester hour per week.

PhD Scholarships:
PhD Scholarships are awarded with a basic monthly stipend of 1.365 Euro, plus travel funds, grants for material costs as well as child-care expenses in accordance with DFG guidelines where applicable.

Both forms of doctoral positions can be realized either at the LMU Munich or at the Universität Regensburg, depending on the advisor’s assignment.

The holders of both the doctoral positions and the scholarships will be expected to successfully conduct an independent research project which contributes to the Graduate School’s research fields. Participation in the Graduate School’s seminars and qualification programme is mandatory. In an international working environment the Graduate School offers ideal conditions for the realization of excellent PhD-projects in the Humanities as well as in Social and Legal Studies which focus on East and Southeast Europe and the entanglements of this region with other regions of the world. The Graduate School is part of the centers for East and Southeast European studies at both sites which beside the universities include non-university research institutions. As an international research institution the Graduate School also explicitly invites applications from foreign candidates. The Graduate School’s seminars are bilingual (German and English). Appropriate language skills are expected.

- very good graduate degree (Master’s, Magister, Diploma, State Examination or equivalent degree)
- independent research project within the fields of interest to the Graduate School
- interest in interdisciplinary research questions and sensitivity for transnational and spatial perspectives
- knowledge of German and English
- knowledge of the language of the object of studies

- research proposal of 4 to 6 pages
- work plan and time schedule
- letter of motivation
- Curriculum Vitae
- degree certificates (after higher education entrance qualification)
- abstract of the Master’s thesis
- list of publications if applicable
- references by two university professors

Please submit the complete application online:

Deadline for applications is August 15, 2016.

Eligible candidates will be invited for an interview with the two speakers of the Graduate School, the Admission Committee and their future advisors in Munich on October 4, 2016. Following the interview, the Admission Committee will decide on the candidate’s admission to the Graduate School and the offer of a research assistant position or a PhD scholarship. Please refrain from making requests before October 4th, 2016.

The Graduate School is committed to the compatibility of family and career. It therefore encourages applications from women. As an international research institution, the School welcomes applications from abroad. Applicants with disabilities possessing essentially equivalent qualifications will receive preferential consideration. If applicable, please mention the disability in the application.

For further information please contact:

Dr. Caroline Fricke
Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies
LMU Munich
Maria-Theresia-Straße 21
81675 Munich

Dr. Heidrun Hamersky
Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies
Universität Regensburg
Landshuter Straße 4
93047 Regensburg

Monday, June 20, 2016


October 31-November 2, 2016

organized by
Gefter Online Magazine, Centre d´Études Franco-Russe de Moscou and Yegor Gaidar Foundation

In recent decades, nationalism has become a more and more urgent issue on the international agenda. Originating in the last third of the eighteenth century as a radical offshoot of European national liberation concepts, it evolved rather quickly into a network of diverse ideologies all over the world. Their common ground was the dominance of the concept of (single) nation in politics, social relations, and intellectual sphere. This concept has often been used without proper reflection, with ascribed meanings of `nation´multiplying, overlapping with other political concepts and categories and contradicting each other. It takes sometimes a great effort to understand exactly which sense of `nation´ and `national´ a politician or a public figure is meaning. At the same time, many different currents in nationalism today make a point of maintaining a genetic connection with the ideas of national revival that date back to past centuries. This encumbers critical reflection on them in societies where they are gaining popularity.

The Gefter Online Magazine, Centre d´Études Franco-Russes de Moscou and Yegor Gaidar Foundation propose a discussion of how national and nationalist identities take shape and how they function both at the level of official doctrines and, more importantly, at the level of everyday practices. At the same time, we would like to mark a terminological distinction between `nation´ and `nationalism´ on the one hand, and `nationality´, `ethnicity´, `citizenship´ etc. on the

We suggest that conference participants discuss the following issues related to national and nationalist identities in ex-Soviet Union and in the post-Soviet space:

- Continuity and discontinuity: to what extent are modern versions of
nationalism generated by late-Soviet ones?

- The `national constants´ as a way to control political loyalty.

- Institutional forms of nationalism: how is `Russianness´
(`Ukrainianness´, `Belarussianness´, `Estonianness´, etc.) formulated
outside of Russia (Ukraine, Belarus, Estonia...)?

- Nationalism and neo-colonialism: the expansion of Russianness and
the rhetoric of `salvaging´ - from `saving the Russian world´ to
salvation as an eschatological category.

- Memory in nationalism: what memory practices existed in nationalist
doctrines in the Soviet Union and how they were transformed in post-
Soviet countries.

- Nationalism and dissent in the USSR - nationalism and political
opposition in the post-Soviet era.

- Nationalism and national trauma: can talk about nationalism be a
way to overcome a collective trauma, and if so, why is it jugulated
in Russia and a number of other East European countries?

- The ethics of nationalism: what ethical principles do ideologists
of nationalism build their doctrines on? What moral categories are
formed within nationalist theories?

- Nationalism as a news opportunity: practices typical of media
defining themselves as nationalist.

- Nationalism and democracy: why was democracy often regarded as a
national mission in perestroika years, and was has become of this
idea later on?

- Alternative political programs: what did perestroika-time political
thinkers such as Andrey Sakharov, Yegor Gaidar and others think of
nation-building rhetoric and what alternatives to it did they offer?

- Nationalism and economics in post-Soviet countries.

The two-day conference will combine scholarly talks in plenary and morning sessions with afternoon roundtables and workshops. The afternoon events will focus on individual cases (or groups of interrelated cases), based on which various approaches to analyzing nationalism and civil society will be discussed.

How to participate:

Applicants are invited to submit an abstract (English or Russian) of maximum of 500 words to by 26th June 2016 at the latest. Applications can be submitted either for the presentation of a paper (incl. co-authored ones) or for the organization of a workshop/roundtable (panel).

Successful applicants will be informed by 15th July 2016. Final papers of a maximum of 8000 words should be submitted by 15st October 2016. Selected papers and panel proceedings of the conference will be published in a monograph. The organizing committee reserves the right to select the texts to be included in it.

More Info:
Scientific Commitee (provisional):
Catriona Kelly, Marlene Laruelle, Sergey Oushakine, Cecile Vaissie.
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CFP: Cultural Exchanges between USSR and Popular Democracies

Bucharest, Romania, July 16 - 17, 2016
Deadline: Jun 26, 2016

La place du grand frère. Cultural Exchanges Between the Soviet Union and the Popular Democracies during the Communist Era

The role played by the USSR in the popular democracies in Central and Eastern Europe is both overestimated and underestimated in current works. It is overestimated in numerous studies, which consider the imposing force of the “Soviet-type model” to have been acquired when these countries fell under the Soviet sphere of influence at the end of World War II. The mere definition of the model per se was however anything but clear; its transplantation had many loopholes and the adoption of this model showed significant discrepancies depending on the periods and areas taken into consideration. It is underestimated since the entire array of exchanges made with the USSR during the socialist period have rarely been fully considered, given that the USSR was one of the main destinations chosen by the various players of the socialist stage. This historiographical situation of both over- and under-estimation may be explained, to a large extent, by the sources mobilised at the time: on the one hand, the discourse celebrating the collaboration with the Soviet “big brother” and, on the other hand, the accounts made after 1989, which often fail to mention the connections with the USSR (favouring the ones with the Western world). Another two factors which also interfered with the historiographical reflexion were the emphasis placed on the memories of the big geopolitical crises which led to Soviet military intervention (in 1953 in East Berlin, in 1956 in Budapest and in 1968 in Prague), and the evolution of the relations between each of these countries and the Russian power following the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Through this conference, we propose that this issue be readdressed again, and we invite researchers working on the topic of the USSR and the popular democracies to debate on the topic so as to reflect on the sources and notions used to report such exchanges. We shall focus on cultural exchanges in fields such as theatre, literature, music, visual arts, architecture and cinematography. The various ways in which the Soviet-type model was received replay the whole story of the Soviet presence and its versions in the various countries. By bringing together the various national histories, we may acquire an overall comparative understanding of how each country shaped its own cultural communist experience. How can the cultural field support us in rethinking the question of the Soviet presence in the East? This international conference aims to put the evolutions of the relations between the popular democracies and the USSR into perspective though culture. We also hope to reach a better understanding of a topic we now know little of: did the Soviets have any interest in what was happening within the popular democracies? Do we need to consider cultural transfers from the popular democracies to the USSR?

The participants are invited to reflect upon several lines of approach:

1. The cultural institutions and policies. Contributions on this topic could look into the role of cultural associations, “creative and professional unions” or cultural administration institutions, concerning activities such as the definition of cultural policies, the establishment of cultural agreements, the performance of protocol or documentation visits, the transfer of experts, the imposition or the reclassification of the artistic or literary creation models.

2. The cultural actors and the cross-border networks. The considerations on this topic should emphasise the routes taken by the intellectuals, artistes and experts in various cultural fields, or by the representatives of administrative and political structures who were initiators, mediators or beneficiaries of the exchanges and circulation to the East, or those who were excluded from them. The proposals could relate to, amongst other things, the biographies of people involved in cultural commerce activities, the artistic and intellectual background of those trained in the USSR, the cross-border cultural exchange network, etc.

3. The dissemination, reception, circulation and re-appropriation of the discourses, know-how, practices and goods. The contributions on this axis could delve into how the public, the cultural agents or the political and administrative authorities perceived the Soviet culture, and how the Soviets perceived the culture of its sister-countries, respectively. How did the popular democracies accommodate the things the Soviets sent to them? What did the collaborations between the various countries and the USSR focus on precisely? What were the official or clandestine circuits for people and works? What were the advantages or disadvantages of the exchanges with the USSR? In which artistic forms was the political and cultural power of the “Soviet Big Brother” celebrated or challenged?

4. The geography of cultural exchanges. What role was played by the Soviet Republics bordering the popular democracies (the Republics of Ukraine, Byelorussia and Moldova) in the exchanges with the centre and the other countries in the Soviet bloc? Did this movement benefit from the geographical proximity? More generally, which cities (besides Moscow and Leningrad) and regions in the USSR, and which cities and regions in Eastern Europe, were concerned by these exchanges? What does the movement map look like for this period?

The paper proposals (title and abstract of a maximum of 500 words), accompanied by a short biographical note (a maximum of 10 lines), should be submitted before June 26, 2016 to the e-mail addresses: and Their acceptance will be notified, at the latest, on June 30, 2016.

The working language will be mainly French, but papers in English will also be accepted. The conference proceedings will be subject to publication. Travel and accommodation expenses will be refunded within the limits of the available budget. When submitting a proposal, attendees should mention whether they wish to benefit from this refund.

Organising committee:
Jérôme Bazin (Paris-Est Créteil Val-de-Marne University)
Lucia Dragomir (University of Bucharest)
Dragos Jipa (EDSS – CEREFREA Villa Noël, University of Bucharest)
Alina Popescu (ISP - Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense University/University of Bucharest)
Caterina Preda (University of Bucharest)

Partner Institutions
Centre Régional Francophone de Recherches Avancées en Sciences Sociales (CEREFREA Villa Noël) – Université de Bucarest
Centre de recherche en histoire européenne comparée (CRHEC) – Université Paris-Est Créteil Val-de-Marne
Agence universitaire de la Francophonie - Bureau Europe centrale et orientale (AUF BECO)
École doctorale francophone en sciences sociales (EDSS – CEREFREA Villa Noël) – Université de Bucarest
Institut des Sciences sociales du Politique (ISP) – Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense