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 see:www.gs-oses.de

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 callforpapernationalism@gmail.com 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:http://www.centre-fr.net/events/541/
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: popescualinaa@yahoo.fr and luciadragomir@gmail.com. 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

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

CFP: Close Encounters across the Iron Curtain.

International Conference University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam School of Regional, Transnational and European Studies, "European Travel Cultures" Research Group
14.10.2016-15.10.2016, Amsterdam

Twenty-five years after the collapse of Communism, mutual perceptions of “the East” and “the West” seem more than ever to be building on Cold War stereotypes. Exploring the roots of this phenomenon, the European Travel Cultures research group at the University of Amsterdam invites the submission of proposals for the second “Close Encounters” workshop.
The workshop will focus on the sense-making of tourist encounters between East and West during the Cold War. How did tourists and travellers understand their encounters with people, cultures, and political systems on the other side of the Iron Curtain and how were these meanings disseminated and received?
We are particularly interested in papers dealing with East – West encounters at the intersection of mediality and materiality:
  • What kind of media (TV, Radio, Printed matter, dictionaries, books, maps etc.) did tourists use in preparation of their journeys? How critical did the users approach these source of information?
  • How was “being elsewhere” experienced and understood by people traveling across the Iron Curtain for leisurely purposes and work? We invite participants to include attempts at mutual understanding as well as conscious attempts at self-distancing.
  • How did travel experiences influence self-conceptions and identities of the travellers while being abroad and back home? 
  • What kind of images, stories and material souvenirs did the tourist bring home and how did they try to circulate their experiences and interpretations back home?
We particularly welcome papers from the fields of history of the everyday, consumption history, media studies, reception studies, and cultural anthropology exploring mutual misinterpretations, misreadings of the alien environment, cases of conscious and subconscious misconduct etc.
Participants will be required to submit papers for pre-circulation four weeks ahead of the conference. We also ask for the submission of original contributions as we plan publishing an edited volume.
Deadlines: Please send an abstract of up to 500 words and a short bio (max. 100 words) to close-encounters-fgw@uva.nl before 15 June 2016. Conference papers are due on 15 September 2016.
Conference fee: € 50 covering lunches and the conference dinner.
Funding: Very limited funding is available to cover accommodation and travel costs. Please indicate when submitting the abstract if you would like to apply for funding.
Conference organisers: Dr Christian Noack (c.u.noack@uva.nl); Dr Sune Bechmann Pedersen (sune.bechmann_pedersen@hist.lu.se)

Friday, May 6, 2016

CFP: Copernicus Graduate School

"Inclusion and Exclusion as Constitutive Elements of Society Formation Processes"
11-14 July 2016 Toruń (Poland)
It can be said that the paradigm of civil society in the processes of nation-building does not find clear usage in the research on nationalism. Such research approach would be very inspiring as a model for explaining the role of democracy and power in nationalism or relations between the individual and a social group. Without a doubt the contemporary nation is a form of organization of modern mass societies which uses existence conditions, formulation of goals and attributes of civil society. It realizes the promise of solidarity and community, which makes the nation so attractive and constructs the identity of masses. Without such structures of self-organization of civil society, implementation of thinking in national categories is unimaginable, and only a self-organization commitment towards the nation brings the feeling of bonds and mobilization potential for every possibility, which lets the nationalized societies function. The necessary equalization with individual project of life done by that develops a spectrum, which fulfills the necessity of security by an individual. Understanding society through the idea of nation and the functionality of civil society constitutes the strength and stability of national movement. Feasibility is perceived as an important civilization element.

In the sense of research "close to society", the existential question will be asked about basic parameters of change and adjusting to them of human being. Cultural bonds, transitional spaces and territories inhabited by mixed ethnic groups, which negate formal patterns of homogenic society become particularly effective for demonstrating the models of social development, which are used in order to bring answers to actual questions about conflict solutions and society organization options.

The work of the summer school is divided into four work groups:
1. Nationalization of the Society as Normative Unification Process
2. Determinants of Closed and Open Societies
3. Nationality Policies in Multinational States
4. Economic Aspects of Social Exclusion
The Summer School is addressed to PhD students of all humanistic disciplines.
Every participant of the Summer School will be actively working in a discussion group under the guidance of CGS fellow. The fellows will deliver the preparatory reading.

The results of the event will be published in a reviewed volume of the "CGS Studies" scientific series, at the Cambridge Scholars Publishing House (UK). Every participant will be invited to deliver a paper related to the topic and inspired by the event.
The working language is English - all the discussions will be held and papers for the book have to be prepared in English.

Admission fee:
110 €/450 PLN (with accommodation) 90 €/370 PLN (without accommodation)
The fee covers:
- accommodation with breakfast and other board,
- participation in the working groups' discussions and other related events,
- summer school materials,
- publication of the paper in English in a book of the series "CGS Studies",
- official banquet.

Application deadline: 20.06.2016

More information: www.cgs.umk.pl

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Undesirable: How Parasites, Diseases, and Pests Shape Our Environments ” Summer School in Environmental History

The Working Group for Czech and Slovak Environmental History in cooperation with the Faculty of Science at Charles University in Prague and the Institute for Contemporary History of the
Czech Academy of Sciences and with the support of European Society for Environmental History are pleased to announce a four-day graduate summer school in environmental history which will take place in Prague in late August 2016.
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Time: August 28-31, 2016
Application deadline: May 20, 2016
Working language: English

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

European Summer School on Cold War History 2016

The partner institutions of the European Summer School on Cold War History are jointly convening the eighth edition of the school at University of Vienna, Austria
8-10 September 2016.
The Summer School is a unique conference specifically for PhD students and early career researchers to discuss the effects of the Cold War in the fields of politics, culture, and diplomacy, to name only a few.
The School consists of workshops and panel sessions focused on submitted research papers, debates on historiographical and methodology, as well as practical sessions on publishing and academic careers. The school offers an informal atmosphere in which new ideas and research directions can be shared and debated, be it in panel sessions, or over coffee and meals.  
The school has a very high student to faculty ratio (2:1) allowing participants to have in depth discussions about their research with established scholars in the field. The faculty includes prominent scholars, among others:
  • Sara Lorenzini (Università di Trento)
  • Kaeten Mistry (University of East Anglia)
  • Piers Ludlow (LSE)
  • Leopoldo Nuti (Università Roma Tre)
  • Mario Del Pero (Sciences Po)
  • Silvio Pons (Università di Roma Tor Vergata)
  • Oliver Rathkolb (Universität Wien)
  • Federico Romero (EUI)
  • Antonio Varsori (Università di Padova)
  • Vladislav Zubok (LSE)
PhD students and early career researchers (no more than 3 years from PhD completion) are invited to submit proposals. We encourage submissions on any aspect of the Cold War, broadly defined. Of particular interest are papers that make use of newly available primary sources and innovative methodologies. 
hD students and early career researchers (no more than three years from PhD completion) are invited to submit proposals. We encourage submissions on any aspect of the Cold War, broadly defined. Of particular interest are papers that make use of newly available primary sources and innovative methodologies.
Papers should not exceed 7,000 words (including citations in Chicago style).
At the School, each participant will give a 15-minute presentation (in English) followed by discussion with the faculty and students.
The best paper will be given the opportunity to publish in the Cold War History journal.

Applicants should submit a 300 word abstract and a brief academic CV in a single PDF document and in English, with the file titled as your surname. The CV must make clear the applicants' nationality and stage of PhD or research.
Please send these to coldwarsummerschool@gmail.com by 30 April 2016.
Please note in the subject line of your email "CW Summer School 2016-YourLastName".
Please note that preference is given to those who have not previously attended.
Please note that there is a €200 euro registration fee, which will cover accommodation and meals for the duration of the conference.