Monday, July 25, 2016

Funding: Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies

DEADLINE: October 7, 2016 

Since 2002, UACES has awarded 138 travel scholarships to postgraduate students from 33 different countries.
The scholarships are essentially travel bursaries designed to provide mobility to existing postgraduate students so that they can undertake research in another country. The scholarships are NOT for students looking for funding to enrol in a postgraduate course.
For 2017, UACES are offering four Scholarships for a fixed amount of 1,500 GBP to be awarded on a competitive basis to UACES members.
Eligibility Criteria

  • You must be a UACES member (Student or Individual) - please note that membership of the EuroResearch email list or the UACES Student Forum does not constitute membership of UACES;
  • Your research project must be in the 'Contemporary European Studies' subject area (we define 'Contemporary' as post-WW2, and 'European Studies', as typically, but not exclusively, an aspect of European Integration or related areas);
  • You must be a postgraduate student (typically a PhD student; possibly other postgraduate courses that have a very strong research component);
  • Scholarship funds must be used for field work that occurs between 1 February 2017 and 31 July 2017 (applications for trips outside of these dates will not be considered).
Finances
To be considered, your application must satisfy ALL of the eligibility criteria.
There is no restriction on nationality.
The Scholarships are funded solely by UACES.
There are four Scholarships on offer for a fixed amount of 1,500 GBP.
Payment of the scholarships will be in two parts; two thirds in January and the remainder on completion.
The UACES Scholarship money is ONLY available to pay for:
  • travel to and from your research destination
  • accommodation at your destination
  • food at your destination
  • local transport at your destination
All other ancillary costs are the responsibility of the Scholar. 
In previous years many applications have failed because the budget included as part of the application has been poor. An example (of an entirely fictional) budget can be found here.
Successful applicants will be required to submit a final report and to provide evidence that their field work has taken place.

 For more information and to apply, check out http://www.uaces.org/funding/scholarships/

Friday, July 22, 2016

Job: 2 research assistant positions at the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies

DEADLINE: August 15, 2016

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

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.
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.

Requirements:
·  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
Application:
·  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: http://portal.graduatecenter-lmu.de/ocgc/gs-oses

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.
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.

Please refrain from making requests before October 4th, 2016.

For further information please contact:

Email: applications.graduateschool@lrz.uni-muenchen.de
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


Research at the Graduate School focuses particularly on interrelations and interdependencies between East and Southeast Europe and other regions of the world.

CFA: Fund Global Fellows Program (Princeton): The Culture and Politics of Resentment

DEADLINE: November 1, 2016

The Fung Global Fellows Program, inaugurated in the 2013-14 academic year, reflects Princeton University’s commitment to engaging with scholars from around the world and inspiring ideas that transcend borders. The program brings exceptional international early-career faculty members working in the social sciences and the humanities to Princeton for a year of research, writing, and collaboration.  It is administered by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), which serves as a site for integration and joint activity across all of the University's international and area studies programs.

Each year, the Fung Global Fellows Program selects six international scholars to be in residence at Princeton for one academic year and to engage in research and discussion around a common theme. The program includes a public seminar series where the fellows will present their work to the university community. Fellowships will be awarded through a competitive application process to scholars employed outside the United States who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement, exhibit unusual intellectual promise, and are still early in their careers.

The 2017-18 program theme is “The Culture and Politics of Resentment.” We invite applications from scholars whose work addresses this topic in any historical period or region of the world and from any disciplinary background in the humanities and social sciences.
Resentment is a powerful emotion for expressing culture and politics. Experiences and memories of humiliation, oppression, and marginalization have stimulated emotions of resentment, and produced compelling demands for political inclusion and justice around the world. Alternatively, rage against what is seen as the “tyranny of the minority,” inequality, the corruption and aloofness of elites, the “foreign,” and the illegitimate have generated powerful populist upsurges against the perceived enemies of a homogeneous body of “the people.”  The goal of the 2017-18 Fung Global Fellows cohort will be to explore the full range of phenomena involved in the culture and politics of resentment, the conditions that produce such sentiments, and the projects they advance.  We invite applications from scholars whose work addresses this topic in any historical period or region of the world and from any disciplinary background in the humanities and social sciences.

Applications are due on November 1, 2016. All applications need to be submitted through the online application portal.

For eligibility requirements and application specifics, as well as a list of frequent questions, please review the following pages of this website.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

CfP: 24th Int'l Conference of Europeanists, "Sustainability & Transformation" - Glasgow, July 12-14, 2017

DEADLINE: October 4, 2016

The Council for European Studies (CES) at Columbia University invites proposal submissions for the 24th International Conference of Europeanists on the theme of Sustainability and Transformation. The conference will be held at the University of Glasgow on July 12-14, 2017.

Conference Information

Questions about the sustainability of European political economies, social solidarity, party systems, values, and the project of European integration abound. With the British voting to leave the European Union, and powerful political forces in other member states pressing for similar moves, the future of the EU is on the line. Many argue: if Europe is to reinvigorate its economy, society, politics, and culture, transformations are necessary.
We invite panels and proposals that investigate the transformations Europe currently faces, as well as the major changes required to respond to them. We also invite panels and proposals that investigate the sustainability of current European policies, dynamics, and an integrated Europe, as well as proposals that explore ways political actors can promote or damage sustainability.

Practical Information:
Proposals may be submitted from August 15-October 4, 2016. Priority will be given to panel submissions. Participants will be notified of the Program Committee’s decision by January 9, 2017. Information on how to submit proposals will be posted on the CES website.

For more details:
·         Official call for proposals on our website: http://ow.ly/RZBS3028bS4
·         General Conference FAQs: http://ow.ly/ZGZm3028dlH
·         Contact us via email: events@ces-europe.org

Founded in 1970the Council for European Studies (CES) produces, supports, and recognizes outstanding, multi-disciplinary research on Europe through a wide range of programs and initiatives.


CfP: From Josef K to Lustration: Bureaucracy in Central Europe

DEADLINE: September 5, 2016 

23-24 February 2017, New York University, Prague

The image of the bureaucrat stamping piles of documents is recognizable as a Central European cultural trope. Labyrinths of paper and faceless institutional corridors have long been part of the literary imagination of the region. In East Central Europe Between the Two World Wars, historian Joseph Rothschild suggests that bureaucracy was a feature both typifying this region and stunting its growth. But bureaucratic organization is a staple of any modern state (Weber). Why then is it seen as a particular fetish, and downfall, of Central Europe? How did such a stereotype arise and how can it be challenged? How do ideas of at once hyperactive and dysfunctional bureaucracies relate to the notions of stunted progress which have characterized the region? And how can a study of bureaucracy unseat the very idea of Central Europe? The organizers invite reflections on both state and private (corporate) bureaucracies and the myth of bureaucratic coherence, as well as notions of efficiency and inefficiency.

This interdisciplinary conference welcomes proposals from graduate students and early career researchers in a range of humanities and social sciences working on the Central European region in the broadest possible sense. We encourage submissions pertaining, but not limited to work with institutional archives and materiality, representations of bureaucracy and the bureaucrat, anthropological and sociological investigations of embodied experiences of bureaucracy, and studies of institutional change and continuity over time under imperial, authoritarian, and democratic regimes. Despite the twentieth-century examples in the title, the organizers seek submissions relating to earlier historical periods too. Submissions which take a trans-national, trans-imperial and pan-regional view are particularly welcome.

Keynote speaker: Ben Kafka (New York University)

The language of the conference is English. In fine bureaucratic tradition, submissions should include a 300 word abstract and a CV. The deadline for applications is 5 September, 2016. Notification of acceptance will be made before 30 September 2016.

Submissions should be sent to Rosamund Johnston and Veronika Pehe at rj849@nyu.edu and veronikapehe@gmail.com. The conference will be sponsored by New York University and the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes in Prague. Contributions towards travel and accommodation are available.



Friday, July 15, 2016

CFP: Workshop "Private Narratives, Privacy in Literature, Visual and Performing Arts"

DEADLINE: October 9, 2016

This workshop aims to bring together PhD students, who are interested in the representation of privacy and the study of topics and structures of privacy discourse in different art forms. The focus lies on the reconstruction of the narrative forms dealing with the private and the representations and constructions of privacy in literature, film, theatre, music and art. The multiplicity of privacy semantics will be studied and debated using concrete examples, which will help to determine the connection of the former to the extra-medial reality. This debate will provide insight on the reciprocal relation between the medial presentation of privacy and the cultural and historical privacy practices and discourses.

For example, privacy can become a significant topos in literary works, where specific characteristics and limitations of private spaces are discussed. Privacy can also refer to the information that one character possesses about another and which he or she uses to empower oneself. In addition, characters’ decisions may be described as private, and it can be studied whether these decisions are represented as autonomous or heteronomous.

Of great relevance is also the question of the privacy of the author, which is dependent on the historical and political context. One could address here problems of censorship and political restrictions, which influence artistic works. The general connection of privacy to autonomy, freedom, and other fundamental principles of democratic societies serves here as an impulse to discuss the restrictions on artistic production as stimuli for the artists to imagine and thereby “create” their own private sphere, which is otherwise non-existent under current societal conditions.

Finally, when artistic works reach the audience, the recipients themselves can ‘experience’ and ‘create’ their own privacy, which in turn triggers transformation of one’s perception of reality. This performative effect of privacy can also be extended to the whole society, raising further questions for privacy research.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Concepts of privacy: What are the differences between privacy discourse in arts and privacy discourses in other fields?
  • Evolution of privacy narratives throughout history: What drew attention to privacy in different historic epochs? How did various artistic movements deal with representations and constructions of privacy? And how did these representations and constructions transform throughout time?
  • Terminology: What are similarities and differences between subjectivity, inner world, and privacy?
  • Mediatization of privacy: What is the difference between different arts in a sense of technical possibilities, conditions of production, and the ways of reception by the public? How do they differ in their functions of privacy presentation?
  • Narrativity of privacy: Is there any specific way to “tell privacy” that can arise from the analysis of artistic works?
  • Cultural relativity of privacy: What are cultural specificities of privacy representations that one can observe in art?
Organizational information:


The workshop will take place on January 20-21, 2017, at the University of Passau. We welcome abstract submissions of individual papers (no more than 300 words) until October 9, 2016. 


Please, include the title of your presentation, as well as a short academic CV (max. 150 words), and send us a PDF document at all the three following E-mail addresses, indicating “Workshop Private Narratives” as the E-mail subject:steffen-burk@uni-passau.de AND tatiana-klepikova@uni-passau.de AND miriam-piegsa@uni-passau.de.

Selected speakers will be notified by the end of October, 2016. The presentation should last no more than 30 Minutes, followed by a 30-minute discussion. For any further questions, please, contact Steffen Burk (steffen-burk@uni-passau.de).

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

CFA: 'Gender & Historical Film and Television' Special Issue

DEADLINE: August 31, 2016

Gender & History calls for article abstracts for a special issue on ‘Gender & Historical Film and Television’. Throughout the history of moving pictures, the construction of various versions of ‘the past’ has been a constant preoccupation in narrative films and television programs, as well as in documentary and educational films and television. These depictions generally mediate gender ideologies in (at least) two temporal contexts: the time period they represent and, perhaps more importantly, the time period in which they were made. Gender construction and representation (including cultural constructions of femininity, masculinity, fluid and transgender identities) are key areas of interest, as are renditions of other forms of difference, such as race or sexuality. A crucial question to ask, therefore, is what kind of cultural ‘work’ do historically themed films and TV shows do? We encourage contributors to think contextually and critically about how gender informs both the ‘pasts’ constructed in films and TV shows and the reception of those media at the time of their creation. We welcome proposals that engage ethnic, regional, national, transnational and global film or television traditions, as well as those that address gender intersectionally in connection with other categories of difference and power including but not limited to race, gender identity, class, sexuality, religion, ethnicity and ability. We encourage both disciplinary and interdisciplinary historical approaches. Although we discourage proposals that are focused primarily on evaluating relative degrees of historical accuracy in representations of the past, abstracts should make clear how the proposed paper engages with both gender analysis and historical analysis.  Interested authors are encouraged to consult the extended version of this call for abstracts on the Gender & History website.

The production of the special issue will follow a symposium, to be held at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in late April or early May 2017 (precise date to be announced), whose participants will be selected on the basis of the abstracts submitted.

Please submit 1-2 page abstracts in English (500-750 words maximum) to gendhist@umn.edu by 31 August 2016, with ‘Special Issue 30:3 abstract submission’ in the subject line. (Limited funds for the translation of articles written in other languages might be available).

Invitations to present at the symposium will be issued in November 2016. Papers must be submitted for pre-circulation to the editors by 30 March 2017.

After the symposium the editors will select papers to be considered for publication, and revised versions of selected papers must be received by 1 September 2017.

Manuscripts will then immediately enter the peer-review process so that the editors can produce the issue by May 2018 for publication in November 2018.