Below you will find links to other relevant conferences, call for papers and events organised by other institutions and organisations:
Thu13Mar2014Sat15Mar2014University of Johannesburg (Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture), South Africa
BETWEEN DEMOCRACIES 1989-2014: REMEMBERING, NARRATING AND REIMAGINING THE PAST IN EASTERN AND CENTRAL EUROPE AND SOUTHERN AFRICA
‘South Africa’ refers to a geographical location as well as to a constructed cultural space. In 1994, new ideological and political shifts in South Africa were entrenched by a neo-liberal democracy. Artists and art historians have in recent years revisited the contestations interconnected with the ideas of a racialised and
gendered political landscape and the renegotiation of constructed social spaces. Post-apartheid South Africa from 1994 to 2014 is marked by the initially jubilant ideals of nation-building strategies such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the notions of the Rainbow Nation and the African Renaissance as vehicles to grapple with the social constructions of identities in a ‘new’ South Africa. These strategies reflected a rationalisation of the post-colonial recovery with a sense of self and place and were premised on the assumptions of interchange, mixing, inter/transculturations, hybridity and creolisation.
Thu20Mar2014Sun23Mar2014American Comparative Literature Association, New York
ACLA MEETING 2014: CAPITALS
Against the spectacular backdrop of New York City — the capital of the world, according to some — we’ll examine the power and privilege that emerge around capitals and what makes a capital relevant in today’s global culture.
Fri28Mar2014Sat29Mar2014Euroacademia Conference, Berlin
RE-INVENTING EASTERN EUROPE: THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
The Third Euroacademia International Conference “Re-Inventing Eastern Europe” aims rather than asserting to make a case and to provide alternative views on the dynamics, persistence and manifestations of the practices of alterity making that take place in Europe and broadly in the mental mappings of the world. It offers an opportunity for scholars, activists and practitioners to locate, discuss and debate the multiple dimensions in which specific narratives of alterity making towards Eastern Europe preserve their salience today in re-furbished and re-fashioned manners. The conference aims to look at the processes of alterity making as puzzles and to address the persistence of the East-West dichotomies.
Wed09Apr2014Fri11Apr2014Czernin Palace, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Prague
TURNING POINTS IN 20TH CENTURY EUROPEAN HISTORY. EUROPE BETWEEN WAR AND PEACE 1914-2004
In 2014 we mark the round anniversaries of some of the most important turning points in European history: 100th anniversary of the Great World War, 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, 25th anniversary of 1989, and last but not least 10th anniversary of the enlargement of the European Union to include former communist bloc countries. These anniversaries are an excellent starting point for a debate on the Eastern Bloc countries’ transition from dictatorship to democracy and a debate on the integration of the former communist countries ten years after the EU expansion.
COST ACTION IS1203 – IN SEARCH OF TRANSCULTURAL MEMORY IN EUROPE (ISTME)
This Action aims to go beyond the nationally oriented memory studies that tend to reify the bond between culture, nation and memory. Instead we investigate the transcultural dynamics of memory in Europe today. Studying how memories of the troubled twentieth century are transmitted and received across Europe, the Action explores the tension between attempts to create a common European memory, or a unitary memory ethics, on the one hand and numerous memory conflicts stemming from Europe’s fragmentation into countless memory communities on the other.
Working Group 1 Politics of Memory: The memory of Communism in Europe: actors, norms, institutions
Thu15May2014Sat17May2014International Conference, University of Vienna
AUTOCRACY AND MARKET ECONOMY: THE TRANSFORMATION IN EASTERN EUROPE AND EAST ASIA IN COMPARISON
The relation between autocracy and market economy has puzzled scholars ever since the breakthroughs of the 1980s in China and Eastern Europe. The so called “Big Bang Model” of Eastern Europe and the gradual transformation of the PRC (the “Chinese Model”) have been contrasted both by observers from outside the regions as well as by the elites in the region. While initially, the Eastern European post-socialist path was regarded as a success story the booming economy in China later on shifted attention to East Asia. In both regions the question whether or not democracy is needed for sustainable growth is currently heavily debated. This conference therefore aims to compare different paths of “post socialism” in East Asia and Eastern Europe.
Tue20May2014International Doctoral Workshop University of Exeter, The Centre for Kurdish Studies, University of Exeter in collaboration with The Graduate Institute (Geneva) and the CERIC (Aix-en-Provence)
SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, MOBILIZATION, AND POLITICAL PROTEST IN NON-DEMOCRATIC CONTEXTS: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVE
The uprisings that erupted unexpectedly between 2010 and 2011 in the Middle East have propelled social movements and protestors to the forefront of the political and media scenes. Middle East scholars and experts agree that we are witnessing a re-politicisation of the Arab world, which stands in marked contrast to the increasing “depoliticisation” and apathy of recent years. Indeed, the “depoliticisation from above”, promoted by authoritarian or non-democratic states in the last decades had undermined traditionally dissenting milieus such as the university campuses and the “street” as sites of both political socialization and contestation. In particular, students and young graduates demonstrated once again that “depoliticisation from above” had its limits.
Thu12Jun2014Fri13Jun2014American Research Center in Sofia
LIVING AFTER THE FALL (?): PAST-PRESENT IN SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE
As we approach the 25th anniversary of the end of Communism in Eastern Europe, the era is simultaneously definitively over, and still among us. Ensconced in nostalgia, limned by products, landscapes, and worldviews birthed by party planners, transformed by would-be communist subjects, and wrestled with afterwards, the specter of communism haunts us—for good and ill—through its understood ruins. Creating ruins is both a historiographical project—an issue of how we periodize and understand the past—and a question of how we live through and among those artifacts of eras on the other side of perceived historical ruptures. Southeastern Europe is replete with both: from Buzludzha to Perperikon, from Tsarevets to abandoned collective farms. This conference asks panelists to address the question of ruins – to ask: “what makes the past, past,” and to tease out the implications of these understandings.
Wed25Jun2014Fri27Jun2014University of Bielsko-Biała, Poland
REVOLTING PERIPHERIES: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
Since the phenomena perceived as peripheral are recognized today within the whole spectrum of discourses we hope to explore these multiple areas in order to present a truly interdisciplinary view on the subject. We, therefore, invite proposals that address the theme of the conference from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, offering a critical consideration of manifold aspects of both the scope and the limitations of the revolting potential of the periphery.
Mon25Aug2014Sun31Aug2014Summer School for Young Researchers French-Russian Research Centre (CEFR, Moscow) and the Russian State Archives for Social and Political History (RGASPI, Moscow), Moscow
EXTRICATIONS FROM AUTHORITARIAN SOCIALISM, FROM 1945 TO THE PRESENT
After the end of World War II and the collapse of the colonial empires, the second half of the 20th century saw the rise, then more or less rapid fall of authoritarian socialist regimes, in which the state was ruled by a single political party, claiming allegiance to socialism and managing an economic system largely based on state or collective property. The summer school will be devoted to the processes of their demise and to the legacy of this authoritarian and socialist past, which may still persist through various institutions, dynamics, structures and practices. The summer school shall bring together young historians, sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists, researchers of literature, arts and culture, working on the Soviet Union and the Eastern bloc from 1945 onward, as well as on the Arab, African and Asian experiences, so as to foster fruitful exchanges beyond traditional disciplinary and geographic boundaries and to open the way for a global understanding of the phenomena under scrutiny.
Wed17Sep2014Fri19Sep2014European Association for the Study of Science and Technology Torun, Poland
SCIENCE AND TECHNOCRATS IN SOCIALISM AND POST-SOCIALISM: TRAJECTORIES OF KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION IN A SEMI-PERIPHERAL CONTEXT
The evolution of scientific knowledge in Eastern Europe (EE) is often described, as a belated acceptance of diffusion from the centre, and as a fragmented and discontinuous due to repeated political reorganizations during its history. We intend to go beyond stating these factors as a cause for belatedness or incoherence of EE scientific development, and ask how the content and circumstances of EE science in its various historical forms have developed as an integral part of global interconnection – an analytical frame for understanding the competing and interacting local and global networks of scientific and political and financial elites and organizations. We are also interested in the evolution and current state of global distribution of financial, technological, and human resources required in the process of making science, and the way it determines the quantity and quality of the scientific knowledge.
Fri19Sep2014Sat20Sep2014IFEAC Conference, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
1989, ALSO A KEY YEAR IN CENTRAL ASIA? A NEW LOOK AT THE SOCIOCULTURAL & POLITICAL CHANGES OF 1989
The fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9th, 1989 symbolizes in the collective memory the end of communism. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of this historic event, the French Institute for Central Asian Studies and the Kyrgyz National University named after Balasagyn will organize a two day international conference to look at the sociocultural and political changes that occurred in Central Asia during the year 1989.
Wed24Sep2014Fri26Sep2014AISSECO The Department of International History of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, with the support from the Fondation Pierre du Bois pour l’Histoire du Temps Présent
THE GREAT TRANSFORMATION? REASSESSING THE CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF THE END OF THE COLD WAR
The conference seeks to bring together different perspectives on the end of the Cold War. The main aim of the conference is to move beyond identifying individual protagonists, while focusing on processes and interactions. At the moment, the state of research on the causes and consequences of the end of the Cold War – necessarily still at its initial phase – seems to have focused on isolated themes, largely independent and detached from each other. The conference seeks to act as a forum for bringing many of these strands together. We expect the main focus of the conference to be on the events, transformations and processes that took place in the 1980s. However, we also welcome proposals that interpret the end of the Cold War in a broader temporal context. Moreover, the conference will seek to open a window on the post-Cold War era, by searching for the roots of some of the issues that have dominated the international scene since the 1990s.
Thu09Oct2014Fri10Oct2014The Academy of Europe: Wroclaw Knowledge Hub, Poland
REGIMES OF MEMORY II: FORGETTING AS A TRAUMA MANAGEMENT CASE OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
The region of Central and Eastern Europe is overburdened with history, centuries-old grudges, rival narratives and ethno-political conflicts. From Poland and Baltic states, through Ukraine and Hungary to the East and West Balkans political cultures are dominated by various grievances, fears and pursuits of amends as a consequence of unprocessed historical traumas. Competing regimes of memory manifest themselves in different interpretations of symbolic dates, places and traditions. Undoubtedly, they are substantial parts of national and communal identities, but at the same time they preserve and in many cases fuel historical traumas, grievances and past resentments. That vicious circle of commemorating history and fueling historical grudges poses questions about the role which is played by collective memory in the processes of trauma management and reconciliation.
Can we keep the memory of historical events alive without preserving historical grievances? What is required for reconciliation: the act of forgiving or the act of forgetting?
The goal of this conference is to assess the various means in which communities and nations could and can overcome historical resentments.
Mon03Nov2014Tue04Nov2014Imre Kertész Kolleg, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena A collaboration between the Imre Kertész Kolleg, University of Jena; the Centre for Area Studies, University of Leipzig; and the Centre of Imperial & Global History, University of Exeter
ALTERNATIVE ENCOUNTERS: THE “SECOND WORLD” AND THE “GLOBAL SOUTH”, 1945-1991
In the post-war period, as decolonization accelerated, new linkages opened up, and existing ties were remade, between the so-called ‘Second World’ (from the Soviet Union to the GDR) and the ‘Global South’ (from Latin America to Africa to Asia). Contacts multiplied through, for instance, the development of political linkages; economic development and aid; health and cultural and academic projects; as well as military interventions. Yet these important encounters, and their impacts on national, regional and global histories, have hitherto only played a marginal role in accounts of late 20th century globalization, which have mainly focused on links between the West and former colonies, or between the countries of the ‘Global South’. There is still little study of the interaction between these areas, where commonly shared – and contested – beliefs in the power of socialist modernization and anti-imperial culture opened up possibilities of meaningful transfers during the Cold War and its aftermath. This conference seeks to address this lacuna, by bringing together specialists working on forms of exchange, intervention and subjugation. In doing so, it seeks to provide new insights into the global circulation of ideas during the Cold War, and explore ‘the socialist world’ as a dynamic hub of global interactions during the second half of the twentieth century.
Thu06Nov2014Sat08Nov2014International Conference in Cooperation with the Research Institute of Comparative History and Culture, Goethe Institut, Hanyang University
READING 1989 GLOBALLY: ON THE INTERCONNECTIVITY BETWEEN ASIA AND THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL
It is twenty-five years since the Berlin Wall fell. On a grey November night the world was enthralled by the events unfolding in Germany’s largest city. The country and city were still divided and yet to be officially re-united. What did the crumbling of the “iron curtain” signify for the rest of the world, which itself was still mostly divided into an Eastern and Western block? What were the outside forces that might have facilitated the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification? Taking a distinctly Asian perspective, historians and social scientists from Asia and Europe will take a fresh look at the fall of the Berlin Wall and 1989 as a global turning point. A transnational approach will be applied in order to gain new insights.
COLLECTIVE VS COLLECTED MEMORIES 1989 – 1991 FROM AN ORAL HISTORY PERSPECTIVE
The twenty-fifth anniversary of 1989 in Eastern Europe invites us to analyze the gradual transformation of memories of the collapse of state socialism at individual and collective levels. It offers us an opportunity to historicize the ‘memory boom’ that began in 1989/1991 and continues to define the cultures of the region. The Genealogies of Memory program invites scholars engaged in memory studies, oral history, or biographical research to discuss their conceptual agendas, focusing on how the change has been commemorated, remembered, or forgotten in Eastern Europe and beyond.
Wed19Nov2014Fri21Nov2014Seventeenth International Conference and the Eighth International Colloquium, University of Havana, Cuba
SOCIALISM FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: THE INFLUENCE OF PHILOSOPHY AND THE SOCIAL SCIENCE ON THE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF THE COUNTRIES OF THE AMERICAN MEDITERRANEAN
The conference is being organized by Cuban and international professors affiliated with the Division of Philosophy and History of the University of Havana and with Dr. Thalía Fung, Head of the School of “Political Science from the South” of the University of Havana. The “Political Science from the South” is a transdisciplinary initiative, including scholars in political science, economics, history, philosophy, anthropology, and sociology. It seeks to develop an analysis of international dynamics and global issues from the perspective of the global South or the Third World. It endeavors to develop insights that are relevant to public policies and political strategies of the nations and social movements of the South.
Thu20Nov2014Fri21Nov2014International Symposium – Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris
AFRICAN STUDENTS IN THE USSR AND OTHER FORMER EASTERN BLOC COUNTRIES, 1960-1990: FROM NATIONAL HISTORIES TO AN INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT
The Symposium’s theme is “African students in the USSR and other former Eastern Bloc countries — 1960–1990: From national histories to an international context. The main purpose of this two-day symposium will be to put together primarily historiographical research findings on the academic and scientific relationships between newly independent sub-Saharan and Maghreb countries, and the Soviet Union and nations within its sphere of influence. There are still very few interconnected histories of political and academic relations between the USSR and African countries. A more in- depth knowledge of the geopolitical context and its changes is required in order to grasp sometimes highly significant variations in student migratory flows from the same country and the differences between Africa’s sub-Saharan and Maghreb countries, as well as contrasts between the life stories of former students educated in the USSR but coming from different countries.
Thu20Nov2014Sat22Nov2014Transitions Education (TOL), Prague
25 YEARS AFTER: THE CHALLENGES OF BUILDING THE POST-COMMUNIST MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION INDUSTRIES
The 25 Years After conference will address the transition of the media and communication industries in the post-communist countries of Europe and Eurasia since 1989. The conference will take place in Prague on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution and the sweeping changes that took place throughout the region after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Sat22Nov2014Sun23Nov2014Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, Warsaw, Poland
CRISES AND RESISTANCE IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
The year 2014 marks twenty-five years since the end of Communism in Central-Eastern Europe (CEE) and ten years after the enlargement of the European Union into the region. These anniversaries are significant landmarks in the history of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the continent as a whole. However, even more importantly, they occur during a time of intense economic and political difficulties in Europe. The economic crisis has brought a prolonged economic downturn that has worsened the living standards of its populations and brought political uncertainty and instability. The crisis has hit CEE particularly hard, shaking the neo-liberal economic model that has dominated over the past quarter of a century, and sparking a wave of instability as well as resistance that has spread throughout the region. The most notable events have taken place in Ukraine from November 2013 onwards but we have also seen significant unrest in countries like Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina among others. On the other hand, in some countries such as Poland and the Baltic States neo-liberal commentators have claimed that a relatively strong economic recovery has taken place which shows the strength of the region’s economic model.
Wed03Dec2014Sun07Dec2014Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington DC
20 YEARS OF SOYUZ: THEORY AND DISCOURSE ACROSS POST-SOCIALISMS
This year, in recognition of its 20th anniversary, the Soyuz Research Network for Post-socialist Studies remembers the original purpose that inspired its founding: the creation of a community of scholars working in the field of post-socialism and a space in which knowledge can be made, experiences shared, and new theoretical approaches to post-socialism developed. This invited panel embodies these same values, bringing together scholars from a variety of regions and areas of topical interest to offer new theoretical accounts of what post-socialism actually represents to those living and researching today. In particular, the work presented in this panel presents new and creative answers to long standing questions.
Thu04Dec2014Fri05Dec2014CBEES Annual Conference, Södertörn University
BALTIC SEA REGION AND EASTERN EUROPE: A NEW GENERATION ON THE MOVE
1989 is an important date in the history of Central and Eastern Europe. Since the collapse of state socialism this date has become a marker for a break in historical continuity and a starting point for a whole range of research on processes and developments labeled as ‘post-socialist’, in ‘transition’ or ‘transformation’. The point of departure for this multidisciplinary conference is the different processes—economic, social, cultural, political and ecological—that have been taking place in the area since the collapse of state socialism. In particular, it seeks to focus on the present, by looking closer at the past and forward to the future.
Thu18Dec2014Sat20Dec2014AHDR and the International Commission for the History and Theory of Historiography (ICHTH) Home for Cooperation, Nicosia, Cyprus
HISTORICAL CULTURE IN DIVIDED SOCIETIES
The AHDR and the International Commission for the History and Theory of Historiography (ICHTH) are co-organizing a 3-day International Conference entitled”Historical Culture in Divided Societies”, that will take place between 18-20 December 2014 at the Home for Cooperation, Nicosia, Cyprus. The AHDR invites Practitioners of Public History to submit their conference proposals, so as to present completed and/or ongoing Public History cultural products including, but not limited to, movies and documentaries, museums andexhibitions, books or technology supported applications.
Papers from all fields (media makers, curators, authors, journalists, scholars, civil society actors, policymakers) and geographical areas are welcome.