Graduate Conference «Complexities of Europe: Between knowledge, power, citizenship and identity»

Date: November 20—21, 2009
Site: Cambridge, UK
Organiser: Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge, Post-graduate research group «European Identities and Encounters»
Topics: The theoretical approaches to «Europe» often suggest a teleological narrative, which portrays the establishment of the European Union as the consummation of every cultural and political project of «Europeanness». This conference aims at bringing together different viewpoints of «Europe» lying beyond the political narratives of accession and integration. Priority will be given to papers that address the complexities of the way in which «Europe» as a concept, a label, a place, an institution or a union is turned into a locus of contestation. We are particularly interested in comparative studies as well as in exploring transfers of knowledge and power across the region(s) described as «Europe». We are also eager to examine how «Europe» interacts, constructs and is constructed by its «Others» or its "margins– whether in immigration, integration or development policies.
Language: English
Fee: £ 15-25
Deadline: The deadline for abstracts is extended to the 10th of September.
Contact: Leonidas Karakatsanis, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RX, United Kingdom

Beyond Cold War Linearities: Entangled Histories and Interactive Ideas

Date: December 04—06, 2009
Site: Budapest, Hungary
Organiser: The conference is organized by OSA Archivum in cooperation with CEU History (Karl Hall and Ioana Toma) and IRES (Irina Papkov) Departments, CEU CRC and International Alternative Culture Center (Olga Zaslavskaya).
Topics: The organizers invite proposals related to social sciences and humanities to evaluate the current state of area studies, Cold War history and media theories in order to enhance not just a meta-critical view about Cold War and Communism, but also to spur national historiographies to analytically appropriate their past forged by international policies and still made obscure by a plethora of undigested documents. In order to enhance the formation of truly critical and inter-cultural frameworks on teaching and conducting research on recent history, they also invite contributions with courses aiming at providing systematic introduction to the study of totalitarian societies by combining post-totalitarian theoretical frameworks with local narratives pertaining to social and oral history. By bringing together the history of ideas, psychohistory, symbolic interactionism, social history and media anthropology, the conference seeks in this way to concretely aggregate an interdisciplinary framework for the study of a period characterized by complex intellectual mobility, the intricate interplay of fantasies about the «Other», different societal accommodations, generational changes and conceptual imbrications between East-European traditions and Western cultural and political models.
Language: English
Deadline: October 15, 2009
Contact: Olga Zaslavskaya, OSA Archivum, Arany Janos utca 32, 1051, Budapest

5th Annual Graduate Conference in Political Science, International Relations and Public Policy in memory of Yitzhak Rabin

Date: December 9—10, 2009
Site: Jerusalem, Israel
Organiser: Department of Political Science, the Hebrew University
Topics: The conference has two tracks: Panels: This track holds panels on selected themes. Three papers will be presented in each panel, and participants will not be required to submit a paper in advance; Research workshop: This track holds thematic one-day or two-day research workshops. Participation in most workshops will be restricted to paper presenters (preferably doctoral students) and discussants (senior faculty members). Students of political phenomena who work in related fields are also welcomed to present their work in the conference (e.g. Political and Law, Political History, Political Economy, Political geography, political philosophy, political psychology, and political communication).
Language: English
Deadline: October 15, 2009. Papers submitted by December 1st, 2009 will be considered for «The Best Paper Award»
Contact: The Annual Graduate Conference in Political Science, Department of Political Science, the Hebrew University, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem, Israel, 91905

Across Borders IV: Migration in Culture, Language and Literature

Date: April 16—17, 2010
Site: Krosno, Poland
Organiser: State Higher Vocational School, Krosno, Poland; Pavel Jozef Šafarik University, Slovakia; Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
Topics: The organizers of the conference invite scholars to discuss subjects related to: migration and narration; autobiography and identity; the other in literature; minority cultures and literatures, dialectology; cross-cultural aspects of translation; pragmatics of intercultural communication; creativity and tradition in cultural communication; humor in culture and society; language contacts; cultural and linguistic globalization; culture and the teaching of languages.
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Language: English (preferable) and Polish (summaries in English required)
Fee: 200 PLN or 50 €
Deadline: December 20, 2009
Contact: Dorota Rygiel, Conference Secretary, Across Borders Conference 2010, PWSZ w Krośnie, Rynek 1, 38-400 Krosno, Poland
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10th International Conference on Urban History: «City and Society in European History»

Date: September 01—04, 2010
Site: Ghent, Belgium
Organiser: European Association for Urban History (EAUH)
Topics: These biennial conferences provide a multidisciplinary forum for historians, sociologists, geographers, anthropologists, art and architectural historians, economists, ecologists, planners and all others working on different aspects of urban history. This invitation is extended to all scholars who make urban history a distinctive and innovative subject.
Language: English
Deadline: Paper proposals are welcome between 1 October and 1 December 2009

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