Thursday, August 1, 2019

CFP: Europe's Past, Present, and Future: Utopias and Dystopias

Application Period: August 26 to October 15, 2019 

Conference Details: June 22-24, 2020  |  University of Iceland  |  Reykjavik, Iceland

The ECRN invites submissions for a mini-symposium on “The Futures of Europe.”
In addition, we welcome session proposals or individual abstracts on all aspects of European culture.

Please send proposals to Randall Halle (, Katrin Sieg (, and Estela Schindel (

Sessions involve a moderator and discussants, and can take three forms:
  • Paper panels consist of 4-5 papers organized around a common theme with comments provided by a discussant.
  • Book panels (also known as "Author Meets Critics") bring together 4-6 scholars to debate a recent publication in the field and are moderated by a chair.
  • Roundtables assemble 4-6 scholars to discuss a common theme, idea, or topic with moderation provided by a chair.
  • Mini-Symposia are thematic clusters of 3-5 sessions of any of the above types grouped together.
Open Call for panels, roundtables, mini-symposia
The ECRN/CES welcomes paper and session submissions on all aspects of European Culture:
e.g. Longing and Belonging to Places and Communities; Perceptions/Images/Stereotypes of Place, Nation, Group; Migration, Exile and Belonging; Empires and Imperialism; Migration, Multiculturalism, Religion, Ethnicity; Borders and Boundaries; Allegiance, Nostalgia, Mythology; New Readings of Iconic Texts; Genres and Styles: Realist, Utopian, Dystopian; Media Adaptions and Rewritings; Transnational Memories; (Post)colonial and De-colonial Critique; Eastern- and Central European Studies; Sexuality and Gender Studies; Imagology, Myth-and Folklore Criticism; Radicalism and Violence; European Avant-gardes; Cosmopolitics; Eurocentrism contestation and non-European epistemologies; Europe and the World.

ECRN Mini-Symposium
European Futures: Experiments, Agency, Cultural Practice
When is Europe? Is the European project of united in diversity a project of the future to come? Where is Europe in a history of shifting borders and changing collectivities? Is it a place or a process that imagines futures and pasts in a present? The post-war aim of a Europe without borders, central to the project of the EU, set itself against a past of chauvinistic and imperial aggressions, projecting a united Europe into the future. And yet the contemporary European project has generated its own set of mental and material divisions and exclusions. It has reactivated older histories of national and civilizational belonging and global inequalities. While fostering a mobile culture for work and leisure, it has also sharpened class and ethnic conflict. East/West and North/South divides pull European unity apart. And in spite of the ideal of a Europe without borders, the EU has also generated its own new forms of territory and boundary-making.

This CfP seeks contributions that explore the possibilities of European time and space in cultural practice, theory and analysis, both historically and contemporary.

Papers are especially welcome that attend to anxieties about European collectivity, mass migration, and collective displacement, explore assertions of national histories or inter- and trans-national alternatives, discuss experienced shifts of sovereignty and cultural belonging. We encourage critical approaches that do not take culture or identity as a given but rather ask how past and present experiences and practices shape collective perceptions, generate mythologies, produce domination, and seek to resolve conflict. How do contemporary exclusivities relate to or differ from past exclusions. How to grasp Europe in its global entanglements and what de-colonizing practices and knowledges are being mobilized and explored.

With your contributions, we hope to establish a series of panels. A concluding roundtable will explore dystopian and utopian European futures. Send proposals to,

EUROPEAN CULTURE is a new Research Network at the Council for European Studies.

CFA: The Berlin Prize 2020/2021 (fellowship)

Deadline to Apply: September 23, 2019 (6 p.m. EST)
  • Please apply online here

The American Academy in Berlin invites applications for its residential fellowships for the academic year 2020/21.

The Academy seeks to enrich transatlantic dialogue in the arts, humanities, and public policy through the development and communication of projects of the highest scholarly merit. Past recipients include anthropologists, art historians, literary scholars, philosophers, historians, musicologists, journalists, writers of fiction and nonfiction, filmmakers, sociologists, legal scholars, economists, and public policy experts.

Approximately twenty Berlin Prizes are conferred annually. Fellowships are typically awarded for an academic semester, but shorter stays of six to eight weeks are also possible. Benefits include round-trip airfare, partial board, a $5,000 monthly stipend, and accommodations at the Academy’s lakeside Hans Arnhold Center, in the Wannsee district of Berlin.

For 2020/21, the Academy will also award three specially designated fellowships: two Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in the Humanities, for work that demonstrates an interest in the topics of migration and social integration, race in comparative perspective, or exile and return. In addition, in memory of its founder, the Academy will name a Richard C. Holbrooke Fellow for a project that looks at diplomatic approaches to resolving major global issues, from armed conflicts to environmental challenges to the impact of new technologies.

For all projects, the Academy asks that candidates explain the relevance of a stay in Berlin to the development of their work. Proposals are by no means required to focus on German topics, but the Academy is interested in projects that will resonate with Berlin audiences.

Fellowships are restricted to US citizens and permanent residents. Candidates in academic disciplines must have completed a PhD at the time of application. Candidates working in other fields—journalism, film, law, or public policy—must have equivalent professional experience. Writers should have published at least one book with an established press at the time of application.

Please note that Berlin Prizes for visual artists, composers, and poets are determined in invitation-only competitions.

Following a peer-reviewed evaluation process, an independent Selection Committee reviews finalist applications. The 2020/21 Berlin Prizes will be announced in late April 2020.

The application deadline for 2020/21 is Monday, September 23, 2019 (6 pm EST).

To apply online, please visit:

For inquiries, please contact Fellows Selection:; phone +49-30-804-83-0.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Job: Research Fellow for the Health and Care Unit (Vienna, Austria)

Deadline to Apply: June 30, 2019

The European Centre for Social Welfare Policy research looking for a research fellow to work on a range of issues on long-term care, particularly with an international comparative perspective. These issues include inequalities (e.g. social determinants of health and frailty, gender), informal care, life-course, care workforce, care regimes, active ageing or financing.
We offer the possibility for young researchers to develop and grow in a working environment that emphasizes excellence, interdisciplinary co-operation between colleagues inside and outside the European Centre, independence and autonomy at work. We also offer flexible working hours and a remuneration package compatible with expertise and demonstrated experience.
We would welcome candidates to send their CV and letter of motivation by 30 June 2019 at the latest.
Further details concerning the position are available in the vacancy note.

CFA: How to Approach Biographical Research? Workshop (Warsaw, Poland)

Deadline to Apply: July 31, 2019

Workshop on Biographical Studies for Young Scholars. The days when historical biographies had been reserved for life pictures of “great men” and – to a lesser degree – “great women” have long passed. Since then, many outstanding studies have demonstrated the enormous potential of either individual or group biographies, or biographical approach for historical research.
30 November (Saturday), applications until: 31 July, free admission
Biographical approach can provide insight into the way people thought and felt in the past, make us aware of the complexity of political and personal decisions and also of the scope for action of individuals in historical situations. It has a special place in the Jewish studies, since it allows to research and analyse complex identity choices. Similar processes also affect other ethnic and/or religious. However, it is also useful to scholars dealing with migration studies, social history and history of ideas. 
In order to assist young scholars with biographical research projects and to provide them with a friendly space to discuss research questions and problems, the POLIN Museum invites early career scholars and especially PhD students to participate in a one-day workshop on 30 November 2019 in Warsaw. The workshop precedes the conference “Biographies and Politics. The Involvement of Jews and People of Jewish Origin in Leftist Movements in 19th and 20th Century Poland” (1-2 December 2019), jointly organized by the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, the Aleksander Brückner Center for Polish Studies, the Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford and the UCL. The participants of the workshop are expected to also attend the conference.
Interested early career scholars and PhD students are invited to submit the completed application form to: The working language of the workshop will be English. Additional reading skills in Polish, Yiddish or German will be a plus. Participation in the workshop is free of charge. The POLIN Museum will cover the costs of accommodation and meals during the Workshop and the subsequent conference. Participants without institutional funding may apply for a travel grant.

CFP: Stiftung Deutsch-Amerikanische Wissenschaftsbeziehungen (SDAW/Foundation on German-American Academic Relations)

Deadline to Apply: August 30, 2019

The Stiftung Deutsch-Amerikanische Wissenschaftsbeziehungen (SDAW/Foundation on German-American Academic Relations) is soliciting proposals for research projects related to transatlantic relations and/or to issues of concern on both sides of the Atlantic. The Foundation seeks to foster closer ties between scholars in Germany and North America and believes that such collaboration will be productive for scholarship and for building on the historical pillars of strong transatlantic relations. 

This call for proposals is aimed at scholars working in the disciplines of the Social Sciences (in particular Political Science or International Relations and Sociology), Law and History, but other related fields are welcome as well, as are interdisciplinary proposals. We invite scholars from North America and Germany to propose collaborative projects to be carried out by junior scholars or a combination of junior and senior scholars on both sides of the Atlantic. 

The Foundations is not prioritizing any research themes in particular. Yet in general terms topics which are of relevance to transatlantic relations substantively or to a transatlantic research agenda in scholarly fields would normally be given preference. Both more theoretical and policy relevant proposals will be considered.  

Funding will be considered for a variety of formats. We only list a few illustrative ones here: (a) initiating or implementing more fully developed collaborative research; (b) organizing workshops or conferences in order to prepare articles for submission to journals or an edited volume; (c) funding book incubators to help early-career scholars with their first books by bringing in experts from both Germany and North America to provide detailed feedback on a manuscript draft. Other innovative formats will also be considered as long as they foster German-American collaborations and involve young scholars from both sides of the Atlantic. Preference will also be given to innovative project ideas with smaller budgets since SDAW funding is normally considered to be seed money. 

Applications to other foundations along similar research lines is not only possible, but encouraged. Please specify any such plans in your proposals. 

Proposals should include a standardized title page (see following page), a detailed description of the project idea (up to three, single-spaced pages) as well as short CVs of scholars included in the proposal (up to two pages per person). Proposals should be submitted by e-mail as one pdf document. Incomplete proposals cannot be considered.  

The closing date for the receipt of proposals is August 30, 2019. Decisions on proposals will be made in the fall of 2019. 

SDAW - im Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, Barkhovenallee 1, D-45239 Essen 
Phone: +49 (0) 2 01 84 01-193 / –150
Fax +49 (0) 2 01 84 01-255

Thursday, June 13, 2019

CFP: Between self-determination and self-glorification – on treaties, alliances and law of peoples: Relations between the Ottoman Empire and the German-speaking Central Europe in Nineteenth century

Deadline to Apply: June 15, 2019

Scientific works on the blossoming political, cultural and economic relations between the Ottoman Empire and Germany or between the Ottoman Empire and Austria, in 19th Century, focus on specific themes such as the efforts of Metternich to reconstruct the old system of  Europe, Bismarck's Gleichgewichtspolitik(Balance of Power), the World Politics of Wilhelm II. and finally the brotherhood in arms in World War One. Similarly, the frequently discussed questions and themes are German military missions in the Ottoman Empire or the Bagdad Railway. However, the relations between the Ottoman Empire and Switzerland, various issues related to the inter-state, inter-cultural and inter-personal relations between the two culture spaces are among the understudied topics.

This call is designed for those papers which discuss specific themes that are hitherto understudied. We would be happy to accept submissions that discuss the relations between the Ottoman Empire and Germany, Austria and Switzerland and the effects of these relations on other nationalities and countries in Central Europe. The goal of our edited book is to discuss the relations between the Ottoman Empire and the German-speaking countries in an overall perspective. Papers related to the study of international treaties, agreements or conventions, as well as historical figures whose role and function within these relations is not mentioned enough, are particularly welcomed.

The following are some themes that may be taken into consideration: The Geneva Convention and the Ottoman Empire; the Red Cross and the question about the use of the crescent; civil right issues concerning the Austrian citizens in Moldavia and Wallachia living both under Ottoman suzerainity and Russian protectorate, national movements and revolutionaries and their effects on the interstate relations.

The edited book will be published in German Language. A Turkish translation of the publication is planned afterwards. Please send your abstracts with a short CV to the following adress:

Best regards
a.o.Univ.Prof. (iR.) Dr. Karl Vocelka
Dr. Çiğdem Dumanlı

Deadline for Abstract submission: 15 June 2019 (max. 300 words)
Deadline for Information on selected contributions: 30 June 2019
Deadline for sending full and printable papers: 31 October 2019 (Times New Roman, Font Size 11, max. 20 pages incl. Bibliography).

Monday, May 13, 2019

Funding: CES Small Event Grant (through Columbia University)

Deadline to Apply: July 15 for Fall semester events, December 1 for Spring events

Please apply online:

CES Small Event Grants support workshops, lectures, symposia and other small events that share research on Europe with a wider community. Individuals affiliated with CES member institutions are eligible to apply for grants ranging from $300 to $1,250.

Each applicant must meet the following criteria:

• Be a representative of, or otherwise affiliated with, an institution that is a member of the CES Academic Consortium.
• Submit an application, promotional plan, budget and description of the event.
• Events that are affiliated with the International Conference of Europeanists organized by CES will be considered; however, unaffiliated events will be given preference.

For more information, read our FAQs.

Faculty, administrators, and students at institutions that are members of the CES Academic Consortiumare eligible to apply. For a list of institutions belonging to the CES Academic Consortium, click here.