The refugee crisis has accompanied people in every era of the past. The current migration crisis on the European continent is not something completely unknown: changing borders and people on the move remain a permanent, though forgotten, part of the past and heritage. This makes the problem of war refugees part of the public discourse and social consciousness. Lessons from past refugee crises teach us something about the mechanisms – as it turns out, unchanged for centuries – of state policy and human behaviour when prejudices and stereotypical views collide with migrants/refugees (different contexts but similar attitudes?). Therefore, studying refugeedom is also an attempt to understand contemporary problems from a historical perspective.
Minderheiten und Disruptionen: Jahrestagung des Herder-Forschungsrats 2022 in Kooperation mit dem Herder-Institut Marburg | Minorities and Disruptions: Annual Meeting of the Herder Research Council 2022 in cooperation with the Herder Institute Marburg (Deadline: 13.02.2022)
The conceptual point of departure can be an understanding of disruption that uses this term to refer to events and processes of collective denormalization that put societies under massive stress and make the need for interpretation virulent. The concept of “disruption” thus addresses phenomena of interruption and disturbance that are associated with immense potential for political, cultural and social irritation. Disruptions understood in this sense can be described in differentiated aspects of relationality, situatedness, temporality, scope, intensity, functionality, epistemic status, and affectivity (https://tu-
We kindly ask you to send abstracts of max. 250 words including CV and up to 10 of your most important publications to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 13, 2022. Conference languages are German and English. Costs for travel, accommodation and meals for the speakers can be partially covered.
CfA: Residence Grant at the Center for Urban History, Lviv, Ukraine. Application deadline January 20, 2022
Center for Urban History invites you to apply for the 2022-2023 Residence Grant at the Center for Urban History.
The residence grants are offered to researchers of various fields in the humanities from different countries. We especially encourage historians, culture studies scholars, and anthropologists. We welcome applications for research that offer broad interpretations of urban history as a discipline at the intersection of various approaches of humanities and social sciences. The chronological and geographical frames of the proposed research are limited to the 19th and 20th-century history of East and Central Europe. Preference will be given to topics related to the Center’s research focuses like urbanization in multi-ethnic cities, individual experience of city residents during 20th-century radical changes and wars, planned cities, urban heritage, commemorative practices and city space, infrastructure and cultural practices in the cities, digital and public history.
This special issue proposes to explore the doing, collecting, and promoting of oral histories with migrant, refugee or diaspora subjects and communities. Papers that explore the migrant voice, and the sharing of migrant voices in public spaces, broadly defined, are invited.
Contributions are invited across the following themes:
- The absence or presence of migrant voices and subjectivities in the public realm, cultural collecting institutions (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums)
- The role of oral history in telling ‘new’ migration histories or histories of settlement and mobility
- Ethical and practical implications of working with migrant community groups in a GLAM setting / public history or heritage setting
- Modes of sharing migrant voices / methods and creative practice
- Archiving and preserving migrant oral histories (after the life of an exhibition for example) – issues of access and preservation for migrant community groups.
Papers may be submitted to the Oral History Australia Editorial Board for peer-review (limit: 8,000 words). Before being submitted for peer-review, papers will first be assessed for suitability by the Editorial Board.
CfP: Vienna and Thessaloniki. Two cities and their Jewish histories (24.02.2022 – 26.02.2022), Deadline: 27.09.2021
The international workshop “Vienna and Thessaloniki. Two cities and their Jewish histories” seeks to capture the multiple ways in which the Jewish histories of these two multi-ethnic and multi-confessional cities are interconnected and entangled.
III Taras Shevchenko Ukrainian Studies Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, in March 25-27, 2022. Deadline: 15 December, 2021.
We invite scholars to share research and participate in discussions related to Ukrainian studies. We welcome submissions from fields that include but are not limited to: history, literature, memory studies, translation, linguistics, music, film, religious studies, political science, anthropology, sociology, gender studies, mass media. In addition to this broad range of topics, to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of Ukraine’s independence we welcome talks and presentations that touch upon the gains and challenges that Ukraine has witnessed since 1991: poetry and literature of independent Ukraine, memory politics, the Orange Revolution, the Revolution of Dignity, the Chornobyl consequences, Russian occupation of Crimea and Donbas, Ukrainian cinema, Ukrainian literature abroad, teaching Ukrainian literature in Ukraine and abroad, etc.
Jews in the ethnic mosaic of the Ukrainian lands: 16-18 August, Melitopol (Ukraine). Deadline: 15 June (in Ukrainian)
CFP: “Nationalism from Below: Popular Responses to Nation-Building Projects in Bessarabia, Transnistria, Moldova”Date of the event: 1-2 October 2021. Deadline: 1 July
The workshop aims to bring together a group of scholars to reflect and exchange their works and approaches on the topic of popular responses to nationalizing and state-building projects with a special focus on two historical regions – Bessarabia and Transnistria –, which at different times during the 20th century belonged to different polities (Russian Empire, Romania, USSR). This workshop aims to compensate for this imbalance by approaching the “Moldovan case” from a “bottom-up” perspective, based on the perceptions, discourses and practices of “ordinary” people as a response to the nation- and state-building projects, implemented simultaneously and successively by the political and intellectual elites and state structures. The internal comparison will reconnect Bessarabia and Transnistria with the wider geographical and political areas within which the two regions have existed over the past two centuries. Taking into account the successive, and often conflicting, regimes established in Bessarabia and Transnistria will highlight social and political differences, especially in terms of national identification options of the local population, perpetuated over time between the two regions which today constitute the Republic of Moldova.
CFP: GDR Today VI conference: Minority Experiences of the GDR. Location/Date: online in September 2021. Deadline: 28 May 2021.
As part of the GDR Today series, we welcome abstracts from doctoral candidates and early-career researchers for an online conference in September 2021, co-hosted by the Universities of St Andrews and Birmingham with a focus on the experience of minority groups in the GDR, in particular the inflection of discursive participation, statecraft, and citizenship, with ability, migrant status, race, gender, age, and sexuality. This conference will offer young academics working in GDR Studies a platform to present research that, in particular, uncovers new aspects of experience in the GDR and participates in the steady expansion of the field.
Call for Papers – Online Conference ‘Space and Memory in Holocaust Representation’ Institute of Humanities, University of Northumbria, UK; 19-21 November 2021 (deadline 31st May 2021)
We invite papers on any aspect of space, landscape and location in Holocaust representation, including literature, film, art, maps, photography, museums and other media, as well as the kinds of methodology suitable for analysing such phenomena.
While spatial analysis of this kind has characterized recent work by historians and geographers, who use techniques of mapping and geo-visualization (as for instance in the volume Geographies of the Holocaust, eds Anne Kelly Knowles, Tim Cole and Albert Giordano), there has been less work on cultural examples of space and Holocaust memory. This conference therefore aims to explore the importance of the spatial aspects of the Holocaust years, and their implication in the commission and remembrance of the crime, as evident in artistic and figurative expression, conceived in its broadest sense.
CfP: Ukraina Moderna. Special Issue “Ukrainians Abroad: From Exile and Emigration to the Formation of a Diaspora” Deadline: 31 August 2021.
The dispersal of Ukrainians around the world was dictated by many circumstances, and in the course of a hundred and fifty years or more, many Ukrainian communities and organizations were formed on all continents. According to the Ukrainian World Congress, there are over twenty million people of Ukrainian descent living outside the borders of contemporary Ukraine. Some of these individuals trace the emigration of their forebears to the last decades of the nineteenth century. Others are recent migrants who were born in Ukraine. Indeed, the preparation of an issue dedicated to this subject is a timely one as in 2021 various anniversaries of Ukrainian settlements and diaspora institutions around the world will be marked.
CfP War and Diversity Beyond the Battlefield: Cultural Encounters in the Polish Lands 1914–1923 (4th International Congress of Polish History) 19.10.-22.10.2022 in Kraków, Poland
Every five years since 2007, Kraków has hosted the International Congress of Polish History. Each of these remarkable events has brought together hundreds of scholars from all over the world to share their interest in Poland’s history, culture, and language. From its beginnings, the main aim of the Congress has been to provide a forum for developing dialogue, exchanging experiences and inspiration, and popularizing research in Polish history. We have now begun planning for the continuation of this project, and we warmly invite you to be part of this, the Fourth International Congress of Polish History. In spite of the uncertainty and unpredictability that the pandemic has brought, we are going ahead with the organization of the Congress, firm in the belief that it will be possible for us all to meet safely in Kraków in October 2022. The theme of the Congress will be ‘Cultural Encounters.’
Wiss. Projektmitarb. “Quellen zur jüdischen Geschichte in Sachsen-Anhalt“ (Landesarchiv Sachsen-Anhalt, Magdeburg). From – Until: 01.05.2021 – 31.10.2021. Deadline: 05.04.2021.
Historiker:in (m/w/d) gesucht für eine Stelle (60 Prozent Teilzeit, sechs Monate Dauer, ab 01.05.2021, 13 TV-L) beim Landesarchiv Sachsen-Anhalt (Dienstort Magdeburg) in wissenschaftlichem Projekt der archivpädagogischen Bildungsarbeit zu “Quellen zur jüdisch-deutschen Geschichte in Sachsen-Anhalt“ im Rahmen des Festjahres „2021 – 1700 Jahre jüdisches Leben in Deutschland“
CfP: International workshop “How to teach multiethnic and transnational history: Ukraine” 10-12 May 2021, Lviv, Ukraine. Deadline for applications is 5 April 2021
This online workshop is designed for university-level Ukrainian Studies educators, as a platform to discuss multiethnic and transnational approaches to teaching Ukrainian history in their institutions. Through an exploration of new topics and approaches, we aim to further the development of Ukrainian history as a discipline in universities. Participants are invited to present and discuss courses, teaching programs and manuals, and resources for online learning and teaching
The Center for Governance and Culture in Europe at the University of St. Gallen (GCE-HSG) announces the call for research dissemination grants. The scheme provides funding to support the sharing of academic findings to a broader public. The centre will support projects with an interdisciplinary focus on border issues, bordering dynamics, and borderlands in Eastern Europe and the Black Sea Region. Scholars working on past and present physical, symbolic, and imaginary borders as well as lived experiences of border regions are especially encouraged to apply. To apply for the program please send filled application form to email@example.com by May 10, 2021.
New Research Network: Ambivalences of the Soviet: Diaspora Nationalities between Collective Experiences of Discrimination and Individual Normalization, 1953-2023
Diaspora nationalities such as the Russian Germans and Soviet Jews were constituted as collectives through the common experience of repression and discrimination. At the same time, however, individuals of these groups experienced a normalization of their existence and, in many cases, remarkable social advancement in the years following Stalin’s death. They were or became a part of the culturally and nationally diverse Soviet society.
CFP: Turning Muslims into Comrades: Gendered Transformations of Muslim Lives in Socialist and Post-socialist Contexts (26-27 October 2021). Deadline: 1 May 2021.
We invite conference contributions exploring the interplay between government policies, gender and Muslim populations in socialist and post-socialist contexts. Driven by a commitment to socialist modernity, many state-socialist gender policies created new opportunities and unprecedented social mobility. At the same time, they often led to violence, displacement and marginalisation of minority populations. The study of gender policies aimed at minority Muslim populations opens up numerous multi-disciplinary questions regarding the complexities of gender, masculinity, femininity, heteronormativity, religious identity and practice, social mobility, education, public space, privacy, systemic exclusion, racialisation, violence, resistance, migration and displacement, etc. Post-socialist transformation has brought another reconfiguration of masculinities and femininities often interpreted as a return of repressed traditional gender norms, yet crucially influenced by both the socialist past and contemporary socio-economic, political and religious factors.
CfP Russian Germans on Four Continents: Global History and Present. Osnabrück: 10.11.2021 – 10.11.2021. Deadline: 15.04.2021
The history of Russian Germans is a history of intensive mobility across space and time. In this conference, we want to approach the global history and the global present of this particular group of ethnic Germans from Eastern Europe from an interdisciplinary angle. We invite papers from historians, anthropologists, ethnographers, linguists, and scholars of other disciplines.
Fifth Annual Bucerius Young Scholars Forum at the Pacific Regional Office of the GHI in Berkeley | Conveners: Franziska Exeler (Department of History, Free University Berlin; Centre for History and Economics, University of Cambridge) and Sören Urbansky (Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, Berkeley)
The Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC (GHI PRO) invites proposals for papers to be presented at the fifth Bucerius Young Scholars Forum, which will be held at UC Berkeley, October 18–21, 2021. We seek proposals from post-doctoral scholars, recent PhDs, as well as those in the final stages of their dissertations with a background in history and/or related fields.
The purpose of this seminar is to promote the historical study of refugees, who are too often regarded as a phenomenon of recent times. By viewing the problem of refugees from a historical perspective, the seminar seeks to complicate and contextualize our understanding of peoples who have fled political or religious conflicts, persecution, and violence. By bringing together 14 advanced PhD students and early postdocs from different parts of the world whose individual research projects examine refugees in different times and places, we intend to give a sense of purpose to this emerging field of study and demonstrate the value of viewing the plight of refugees from a historical perspective.
Deutsche Minderheit im Blick – Perspektiven aus Russland und Kasachstan [online 27 February 2021]
Film presentation and podium discussion about the German minority in Russia and Kazakhstan organised by the Deutsch-Russische Begegnungszentrum and das Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen. Registration until February 25: https://forms.gle/iEUMPbHnTbGjsPpy5
CFP for the conference ‘Identities on the Move: Exile, Migration, Diaspora and Representation’ [online 1-2 July 2021]
This conference seeks to interrogate the categories given and adopted by people on the move, adopting an intersectional approach that considers race, class, ethnic and gender issues that have been associated with mobility. The focus on identities as a theme will enable the conference to interrogate these various intersections and how they play out across time and geographies, also paying attention to the multiplicity of artistic, literary, media and linguistic representations of exile, migration and diasporas.
Fully funded PhD position on the Project Migration, Adaptation, Innovation, 1500-1800. Deadline for applications: Monday 1st March 2021. Start Date: 1 October 2021.
Working under the supervision of Dr Gottmann and as part of a team together with two postdoctoral scholars investigating East Asia and the Islamic World, the PhD student will contribute to a major research agenda drawing together global, technological, and social history. The project team will work together to advance fresh understandings of what makes for successful immigration, technological innovation and knowledge transfer in the early modern world.
Imagining Migration, Knowing Migration: Intermedial Perspectives International & Interdisciplinary Conference ∙ Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg ∙ February 25–26, 2021
As COVID-19 (and its subsequent effects on international travel) continues to restrict any form of face-to-face conviviality and exchange, we have decided to switch the conference (originally planned for March 2020) to an online format – to imagine and circulate knowledge through and about migration in the digital space.
CfP: Anti-Genderism in Central and Eastern Europe – A Question of Religion? (21.04. bis 22.04.2021, online, Deutschland)
In Central and Eastern Europe, the discourse about gender is invariably connected with an antiWestern rhetoric. Russia has positioned itself in the last decade as a global defender of so-called „traditional values”. Survey show that many post-socialist, mainly Orthodox countries support this role for Russia, even when they distance themselves politically from the country (Pew 2017). The sluggish implementation of European rules against domestic violence and discrimination of LGBTI people in East European countries is frequently connected with a conservative Orthodox or Catholic tradition.
CFP “What’s New, What’s Next? Innovative Methods, New Sources, and Paradigm Shifts in Jewish Studies” Conference October 2021 (Deadline April 30, 2021)
POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews invites panel proposals for What’s New, What’s Next? Innovative Methods, New Sources, and Paradigm Shifts in Jewish Studies, an interdisciplinary online conference that will explore new directions in the study of East and Central European Jews (3-7 October, 2021).
Call for Papers: Jews along the Silk Road. International Conference on Migration Routes, Entangled Spaces and In-between Positions (Deadline: 15.03.2021)
How do Jews live between Baku and Berlin, between Tashkent and Tehran, Dushanbe and Tel Aviv? How did experiences of convival living with Muslim, Christian or secularized majority and minority populations shape Jewish biographies and identities? We would like to approach the little-known stories of flight, deportation and migration between Europe and Asia, the experiences of neighbourhood and religious everyday practices of (post-)Soviet Jews from the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Ukrainian Studies Online Colloquium: “Hunger in Kharkiv and Sumy Oblast: Supply Strategies and Experiences in Dealing with Scarcity during the German Military Occupation 1941–1943”. Monday, January 25, 2021, 6 pm CET.
Speaker: Laura Eckl (Bergische Universität Wuppertal)
Chair: Kathryn David (Vanderbilt University)
Online event via ZOOM. Registration via ukraine(@europa-uni.de
Organized by the Chair of Entangled History of Ukraine (Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder) and Prisma Ukraïna (Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin) and with the support of DAAD.
Part of the program of the Ukrainian Studies Online Colloquium, consisting of 15 virtual sessions hosted via ZOOM. Our interdisciplinary online format is free and open to the public. Login access can be requested at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each session will be streamed online via the YouTube channel Entangled History of Ukraine/Prisma Ukraïna.
Writing Women’s Intellectual History in East Central Europe: Roundtable and Reading Seminar. Deadline: Januar 31, 2021.
The Intellectual History in East Central Europe Research Network invites you to join a roundtable discussion “Writing women’s intellectual history in East Central Europe”. The discussion will be based on a selected bibliography. The articles and chapters included in the bibliography raise the issue of the lack of women’s intellectual history in general, critically assess our conceptions of originality, creativity, and value, and ask what kind of Europe emerges when gender and history meet.
Twenty-seventh international conference on Jewish studies to be held in Moscow, July 11-13, 2021. Deadline: April 2, 2021.
The conference program is expected to include sections reflecting traditional areas of Judaism (biblical and Talmudic studies, Jewish thought, Jewish history of different periods, Judeo-Christian relations, the Holocaust, Israeli studies, languages and literature, art, Ethnology, demography, genealogy, museums and archives, etc.). Topics that allow for an interdisciplinary approach to research are welcome. Reports of graduate students and young researchers, as shown by the positive experience of the past few years, are included in the youth panels of the conference with the participation of specially invited debaters.
CfP The End(s) of Communism: Paths to De-Communization in the Former Eastern Bloc (09.07.2021 – 10.07.2021). Deadline 31.03.2021
This conference will contribute to that effort by bringing together scholars of Central and Eastern Europe to explore the contested legacies of communism in the former Soviet bloc, with a focus on those countries where debates over the communist past have become entwined with broader developments in contemporary politics.
CALL FOR PAPERS/WORKS IN PROGRESS SIXTH HISTORIANS OF EAST CENTRAL EUROPE WORKSHOP University of Illinois at Chicago via Zoom APRIL 8-9, 2021
Polish Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago is pleased to announce the Sixth Workshop for Historians of East Central Europe to be held virtually through UIC on April 8-9, 2021. The workshop is open to faculty and graduate students in history and related disciplines.
ICCEES, the International Council for Central and East European Studies, is a global consortium of national scholarly associations dedicated to multi-disciplinary research into Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia. The Organising Committee of the 10th ICCEES World Congress (August 3-8, 2021) is delighted to reopen the Call for Submissions portal. The deadline is February 1, 2021.
The 2021 ASEEES convention invites a diversity of approaches to diverse topics in the field and celebrates our various backgrounds, disciplines, and ways we create and propagate knowledge. Deadline for ALL Submissions (panels, papers, roundtables, lightning rounds) is March 1, 2021.
The Polish American Historical Association invites you all to join us at a webinar that features talks by Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz and Iwona Flis, who will both present their ongoing research projects. The virtual event will take place on Saturday, February 13, 11:00 AM EST/17:00 Warsaw.
Polish American Historical Association Webinar Series: Dr. Sylwia Kuźma-Markowska and Dr. Katarzyna Nowak
The Polish American Historical Association presents its first webinar of 2021. The webinar features two talks, by Dr. Sylwia Kuźma-Markowska and Dr. Katarzyna Nowak, that each highlights an aspect of the experience of women in Polish diaspora. The virtual event will take place on Saturday, January 16, 11:00 AM EST/ 17:00 Warsaw.
Der Schwerpunkt liegt auf dem Russischen, Polnischen und Tschechischen in den Bereichen der Literatur-, Kultur- und Sprachwissenschaft. Herzlich willkommen sind aber auch andere Slavinen und benachbarte Fächer wie z.B. Geschichts-, Politik- oder Sozialwissenschaften, die sich mit slavischen Themen befassen.
A sum, not to exceed $1000.00, to be awarded each year to an applicant from Poland wishing to come to the United States to pursue research on a topic related to Polish history and politics broadly understood.
The Central Slavic Conference was held at the historic Missouri Athletic Club and Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Friday, Feb. 28th-Sunday, March 1st, 2020. To view the Winter 2020 CSC Conference program, click here.
Die Konferenz findet online statt und bietet vor allem Studierenden und Promovierenden eine Gelegenheit, ihre Forschungsprojekte vorzustellen.
23.04. bis 24.04.2021 in online, Deutschland
CfP: Anti-fascism and Ethnic Minorities: Political and Cultural Forms of Resistance in Central and Eastern Europe, ca 1920–1950
Conference workshop, November 11–12, 2021, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland
Die Stelle ist im Teilprojekt “Eigentumskonzepte und Eigentumskonflikte in der Privatisierung. Kommunale Selbstverwaltung und kommunales Eigentum im östlichen Europa seit 1990” angesiedelt.