Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CFP: Jews and Austrian Culture

Deadline: May 15, 2015

CFP: Austrain Studies 24(2016): JEWS AND AUSTRIAN CULTURE

Austrian Studies 24 (2016): Jews and Austrian Culture

What it means to be Jewish in Austria is deeply rooted in the past, but also continues to evolve. Although confronted with antisemitism, Austrian Jews ranging from strongly assimilationist to ardently Zionist drove and supported some of the most well-known ideas and movements of modern culture, whether these were aimed at the conservation of tradition or at forging innovation.  Many scholars remain fascinated by Jews’ participation in high culture and modernism around the fin-de-siècle: the works of Arthur Schnitzler, Sigmund Freud, and Stefan Zweig, to name only a few, continue to mark the landscape of international popular culture. And in recent years, commentators have noted a ‘re-invigoration’ or even ‘rebirth’ (Hope Herzog) of Jewish culture in Austria. They draw attention to high-profile authors and cultural figures whose activities often centre around Vienna (Robert Menasse, Robert Schindel, Eva Menasse, Doron Rabinovici, Ruth Beckermann, Matti Bunzl), as well as to institutional renewal that draws upon the cultural history of Austria’s Jews in new and challenging ways (for example, the renovation of the Jewish Museum in Vienna, the Jüdische Kulturwochen, the Jewish Museum in Hohenems and the Jewish History Institute in St Pölten).

Antisemitism past and present continues to be an emotive and problematic factor in Austrian public discourse, as was amply demonstrated by the controversies surrounding the renaming of the Karl-Lueger-Ring in Vienna as Universitätsring in 2012/13, and the establishment of the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies as an international documentation and research hub for studies on Jewish persecution and antisemitism. Recent violent attacks on Jews in France and Denmark have raised awareness in Austria of antisemitism as a Europe-wide problem, lending increased urgency to discussions within Austria itself.
As Austrians engage with their Jewish past and present, the need for public debate and scholarly discussion of Jewish cultural studies and identity politics continues to grow. In the light of these developments, Austrian Studies 24 (2016) invites proposals for papers dedicated to investigating manifestations and negotiations of Jewish culture and Jewish difference in the Austrian context. Although discussions of contemporary Austria are particularly welcome, contributions on under-researched aspects of the rich and varied Jewish past of the Habsburg lands from the eighteenth century onwards are also invited. Contributors are encouraged to show their awareness of the shifting boundaries of what is or was considered Jewish (and by whom) at any particular point in Austrian history.
Topics could include:
  • case studies of individual works or writers, artists and cultural figures
  • case studies of Jewish communities and their cultural interactions
  • definitions of ‘Jewish’ and ‘Austrian’ culture – how are we to conceive of the relationship between these two categories? What new questions can we ask to help us understand their limitations?
  • Investigations of how using Jewish difference as an analytic category (that is, as the dialectical, hierarchical framework that encompasses the relationship between the socially constructed categories of “Jew” and “non-Jew”) help us avoid essentializing our understandings of what is “Jewish” in Austrian culture. How does Jewish difference intersect with other analytic categories such as gender and class to help us understand and interpret the history and culture of Jews in Austria?
  • The purchase of the past on the present, in particular in post-1945 Austria
  • Memorialization, documentation and public display of Jewish life and culture in Austria before and/or after the Holocaust
  • Comparison of Austrian and German Jewish culture, history, traditions.
Expressions of interest, including a provisional title and a proposal of no more than 300 words should be sent to Deborah Holmes d.c.holmes@kent.ac.uk and Lisa Silverman silverld@uwm.edu by 15 May 2015. The submission deadline for articles is 15 November 2015 for publication in autumn 2016. Austrian Studies is a peer-reviewed yearbook published in English under the auspices of the Modern Humanities Research Association. It adheres to the MHRA style guidelines (www.mhra.org.uk)

Summer Program: The Sommerhochschule of the University of Vienna

Deadline: April 30, 2015

The Sommerhochschule of the University of Vienna offers an annual International Summer Program. The univie: summer school for International and European Studies 2015 will take place from July 18th to August 15th 2015. The four week program offers high level European Studies courses in the morning and German language courses in the afternoon.

The European Studies courses are held in English and focus on the emerging New Europe. They cover political, economic, and legal, but also historical and cultural aspects of the multiple transformations the continent is currently undergoing.

Having seen the academic program of your university, we believe that the courses offered at the Sommerhochschule would complement your departments’ course offerings perfectly.
Given the international and interdisciplinary aspect of the International Summer Program our course offerings are, without question, of interest for students from all fields of study, but certainly of special interest for students who concentrate on Europe or study one of the following fields: European Studies, Cultural Studies, History, International Relations, Interdisciplinary Studies, Law (International Law, European Law, Comparative LawArbitration), Political Science, Economics, and German.

Students from all over the world have been drawn to the program, not only because of its outstanding academic reputation and the excellent opportunities it offers students to study German, but also because of its location; directly on the shores of one of Austria's most scenic lakes, Lake Wolfgang, in Austria's picturesque Salzkammergut region, and because of the excellent sports and recreational facilities.

The campus life creates an environment which encourages intercultural and social exchange and favours mutual understanding within the international student population. Participants thus broaden their horizon, meet colleagues from different fields of study, make friends for life and build connections for their future professional careers.

Applications for participation are accepted until April 30, 2015.

The Sommerhochschule offers a limited number of partial scholarships for students that have an outstanding academic record and are in financial need. The scholarship application deadline has been extended until March 31, 2015 and interested students are welcome to apply!

More information about the Sommerhochschule and the International Summer Program can be found at our homepage at www.univie.ac.at/sommerhochschule. Attached you will find a PDF-version of the brochure for summer 2015.

For further information or special requests please contact the Program Coordinator, Ms. Nina Gruber, atsommerhochschule@univie.ac.at. It will be our pleasure to be of assistance and to answer any questions you might have.

Summer Program: Challenges for Europe-Regional Integration in a Fragmented World

Deadline: May 15, 2015

EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy – a Prague-based think-tank that undertakes program, project, publishing and training activities related to the European integration process - organizes 13th annual European Summer School for university students in July 2015. The programme titled "Challenges for Europe: Regional Integration in a Fragmented World" will take place in Prague.

We would like to draw your attention to our website (
www.europeum.org/ess), where lectures and program have been updated. We are also pleased to announce that the summer programme has been granted a patronage by the European Commission Representation in the Czech Republic.

pplication deadline on May 15th.

Contest: 14th Annual Classical Translation Contest

Deadline: April 1, 2015

14th Annual Classical Translation Contest

Contexts for Classics at the University of Michigan is pleased to announce the 14th Annual Classical Translation Contest.

We invite students from all departments across the University of Michigan to submit translations of texts from Latin, Ancient Greek, and Modern Greek. We know that there are many people inspired by the beauty of these languages who wish to render them more freely and creatively than classwork often involves. This contest is intended to highlight the work of students who are interested in the process of translation as a creative, intellectually meaningful enterprise.

Rules and Prizes
1. Please submit your work anonymously in the following format: FOUR hard copies of your English translation (along with the original text) and ONE separate cover page (listing the title and author of the text you translated, your name and email address, and your undergraduate major or graduate program).

2. Submissions are due on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 by 5:00pm to the Comparative Hall Literature Main Office, 2015 Tisch Hall (2nd floor).

3. All submissions will be judged anonymously by a panel of faculty members from Classics, Comparative Literature, English, and related departments.

4. Students affiliated with any UM department are eligible.

5. All work should consist of original translations/interpretations of works from Ancient Greek, Modern Greek, or Latin.

6. Original works may be in prose or verse and translations may be in prose, verse, or other format, such as multi-media.

7. Maximum length of written submissions is five double-spaced pages.

8. In each category (undergraduate and graduate), the prizes will be gift cards of $100 each.  

9. Winners will be invited to present their translations at the annual Classics Department awards ceremony on APRIL 21, 2015

CFP: Challenges of Health, Demographic Changes, and Wellbeing in Post-socialist Societies

Deadline: April 19, 2015

The 4th Health in Transition Conference: Challenges of Health, Demographic Changes, and Wellbeing in Post-socialist Societies
Call for Papers
August 26-27, 2015
Hosted by: Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Latvia

The 4th Health in Transition Conference addresses current challenges of health, demographic change, and wellbeing in post-socialist societies and the role of social sciences and humanities in dealing with these issues in post-socialist societies. How does the falling birth rate, aging of society, and migration interact with the access to health care, neoliberalisation of health care systems? These are only a few of the health-related challenges that post-Socialist societies face nowadays. We encourage contributions from diverse disciplines such as anthropology, science and technology studies, demographics, geography, sociology, political science, and history. Interdisciplinary approach and comparative perspective is encouraged. Work in progress is invited as well.
The organizers welcome contributions that include but are not limited to the following topics:
  • Reproducing societies
  • Aging societies
  • Access to healthcare
  • Globalization of health care systems and policies
  • Management of emerging public health problems
  • Patient movements and empowering the patients
  • Medical aid in crisis settings
  • Migration of patients and medical personnel 
  • (Bio)technological developments 
  • Changing health and lifestyle patterns
The deadline for abstracts (300 to 400 words) is April 19, 2015. Papers will be selected and notifications made by May 19, 2015.  Complete papers are due by August 1, 2015. Offers to chair panels or to serve as panel discussants will be warmly received.

Please send abstracts and further enquiries to hitconference2015@gmail.com.

CFP and Conference: Central Europe in a Changing World

Deadline: May 15 and June 1, 2015

Central Europe in a Changing World
An International Conference
27-31 July, 2015
Debrecen, Hungary

Description of the Conference: While the concept and image of what may be called Central Europe has been changing through the past couple of decades, we do believe that there is a number of historical, political, economic and cultural issues which have played an important part in shaping the countries of this European region during the past centuries. Debrecen Summer School, one of the educational and cultural players in this part of the world since 1927, is happy to invite scholarly papers which investigate the interrelationships and interactions between and within the countries and cultures of Central Europe in any walk of life including arts and sciences, languages and literatures, history and economics, as well as politics and sociology. The interdisciplinary conference is designed to bring together, primarily but not exclusively, young scholars whose main professional aim is to build an intellectual bridge of better understanding between the countries of Central Europe, including (generally, but not exclusively) Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania Slovakia, and Slovenia. Traditional lectures and presentations will be supplemented with workshops and roundtable discussions. Participants of the conference will have the opportunity to experience and/or take part in some traditional Hungarian cultural events as well as to learn about the past and present of Debrecen, the ‘Calvinist Rome’ and two-time capital of Hungary.

Papers are expected to include but not to be limited to the following topics:
—Language and Literature
—Religion and Philosophy
—History and Geography
—Education and Pedagogy
—Music and the Performing Arts
—Architecture and the Fine Arts
—Film and the Media
—Economy and Politics
—Diplomacy and International Relations
—Science and Technology

Contact: Debreceni Nyári Egyetem
H-4010 Debrecen, Pf. 35.
Telephone: +36 52 532 594, Fax: +36 52 532 595
E-mail: debrecen@nyariegyetem.hu, Web: www.nyariegyetem.hu

Costs of the Conference
Registration Fee: 30 EUR
Conference Fee: 95 EUR*
Accommodation: 17 EUR/night (double room)
Friday Programme: 50 EUR
Saturday Programme: 45 EUR
25 EUR/night (single room)
* includes conference materials, coffee, snacks, Monday & Wednesday dinner, Thursday lunch.

Additional meals can be ordered after applying to the conference.

If you wish to present a paper or act as a convenor for a workshop/roundtable discussion,
please send an abstract of maximum 200 words to the following email address: debrecen@nyariegyetem.hu no later than 15 May, 2015

Application deadline: 1 June, 2015

For further information, please contact Dr. Péter Szaffkó at peterszaffko@yahoo.com

Friday, March 20, 2015

CFP: Aspasia 11, The Russian Revolution 100 Years Later

Deadline: September 15, 2015

CfP Aspasia 11: The Russian Revolution 100 Years Later
Deadline for submissions: September 15, 2015

The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of what has come to be called the Russian Revolution, the collective designation for the February and October Revolutions. The impact of the Revolution reverberated throughout Europe. The former Russian empire was thrown into civil war. Battles raged over the territory of Russia and Ukraine. Some parts of the empire, including Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Georgia, used the upheaval to declare independence. The Revolution encouraged socialist uprisings in the crumbling German and Habsburg Monarchies and inspired left-wing activism all over the world. Ever since, the meaning and significance of Russian Revolution of October 1917 has been hotly debated. Did it offer possibility and hope or violence and oppression?

The Revolution and its consequences were also deeply gendered. Celebrations of International Women’s Day were a significant catalyst for the February Revolution. The Bolshevik agenda engaged with gender on the level of society and the family. Women were to be liberated from housework and childcare and involved more actively in the public sphere. Official policies promised equal pay for equal work. New family laws granted women greater rights in marriage and divorce. Although these legal changes and new social policies did not erase family patriarchy, and indeed invoked resistance, the revolution introduced new gender ideals both for women and men.
We invite historians of women and gender in the region of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe to reflect on the regional and global impact of the Russian Revolution. Questions we are interested in include, but are not limited to:
  • What was the impact of the February and/or October Revolution on gender in the countries of the region?
  • How were women involved in the Russian Revolution? What were the tensions between different women’s groups (liberal feminists, Bolsheviks, etc.)?
  • What were the gender ideologies of the Russian Revolution? How were they implemented? Who resisted these changes and how?
  • What was the relationship between national movements and the Russian Revolution, and how did gender shape them?
  • How did the Russian Revolution change or transform gender roles/ideologies?
In addition to the specific theme of The Russian Revolution 100 Years Later, we welcome submissions on all topics related to women’s and gender history in CESEE on an on-going basis.

Submissions of up to 8,000 words (including notes) can be sent to Aspasia@ceu.edu or to Melissa Feinberg at mfeinberg@history.rutgers.edu. For more information, please write to one of the editors or visit http://journals.berghahnbooks.com/asp/, where you can also download the Aspasia Guidelines for Authors.