Friday, January 30, 2015

Internship: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars European Studies

Deadline: March 15, 2015 
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
European Studies
The Global Europe program offers unpaid educational internship opportunities for undergraduate students for the fall, spring and summer semesters. The internship aims to provide valuable experience to successful candidates interested in EU-U.S. relations, as well as functional issues pertaining to various European Union policies.
Internship Description
The intern will work directly with the Global Europe Staff and acquire experience and training in the field of international relations by assisting in various projects. Responsibilities will include:
  • Researching current regional and functional issues in support of the work of fellows and scholars
  • Attending EU-themed conferences, forums and lectures in Washington and writing briefing memoranda for staff
  • Assisting with the organization and implementation of events
  • Assisting staff in managing and updating database, website, and social media
  • Providing back-up office reception duties, including telephone and greeting visitors
  • Other administrative duties as asigned
A minimum of 20 hours is required in support of the program's activities. Dates and times will be arranged according to applicant's schedule and the Program needs.
All Wilson Center interns are strongly encouraged to attend conferences, forums and other events of the Center's various programs. In addition, all interns have access to the Wilson Center's vast research resources.
Eligibility
The applicant should be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate study program at an accredited college or university, or a recent graduate (within the last year) at the time of internship. The applicant should also have a strong interest in European politics, and preferably some academic background in the field. He/she should have good analytical and research skills, be able to work with minimal supervision, and have basic computer skills on several software packages (experience with Adobe InDesign is desirable, but not a main requirement). Proficiency in one of the languages of the European Union, preferrably German, is helpful, but not required.
Application 
Applications must be received by June 30th for fall, November 15th for spring and March 15th for summer internships. This position is non-remunerated.
All interested applicants should submit an application form with a cover letter, resume and 2-3 page writing sample to european.studies@wilsoncenter.org with Internship Application in the subject line.
International students are eligible, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa and appropriate work authorization. All international students must obtain written permission from their Designated School Official or Responsible Visa Officer at their university stating that they are in valid immigration status and eligible to do an internship at the Center. The Wilson Center is an equal opportunity employer and follows equal opportunity employment guidelines in the selection of its interns.

Fellowship: Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization

Deadline: February 16, 2015

20th Annual Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization
The Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University
(Evanston, Illinois, June 21 to July 2, 2015)
Call for Fellows

The Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University is pleased to invite applications for fellowships to participate in the 20th annual Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization, from June 21 to July 2, 2015, at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. The renowned program is an intensive two-week course of study designed to broaden and deepen the background of current and prospective Holocaust educators. It is open to faculty at the college or university level and to graduate students who are planning on teaching Holocaust-related courses. The Institute is ideal for those with a knowledge of one disciplinary approach to the Holocaust, but who are looking to broaden their interdisciplinary perspective. Approximately 25 Fellows are selected annually, each of whom receives free room, board, and tuition during the program. (Fellowships do not cover travel expenses to and from Evanston or the cost of assigned books.)

The Institute curriculum consists of seminars taught by leading scholars on such themes as: the religious practice and history of European Jewry; the Holocaust in art, film and literature; ethics and gender during and after the Holocaust; recent methodological and historiographical approaches to the Holocaust.  Faculty for the 2015 Summer Institute will include Professors Christopher Browning, Roger Brooks, Sabine Hake, Sara Horowitz, Paul Jaskot, Wendy Lower, John K. Roth, and Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern.

By February 16, 2015, applicants should submit electronically: (1) a letter explaining their interest and experience in Holocaust studies, (2) a curriculum vitae, and, (3) in the case of graduate students and recent PhDs, a letter of recommendation.  Applications and letters of recommendation should be emailed (separately) with the subject line "Summer Institute 2015" to: hef@northwestern.edu

CFP: Relocating German-Polish Scientific Relations

Deadline: February 20, 2015

Shared Practices, Entangled Spaces, Circulating Objects, Translated Theories: Relocating German-Polish Scientific Relations

International Conference of the Cooperation Initiative of the Leibniz Association and the Polish Academy of Sciences: "Cross-border Scientific Dialogue. Potentials and Challenges for the Human and the Social Sciences", in cooperation with Ludwik and Alexander Birkenmajer Institute for the History of Science
Date: 28-30 October 2015
Venue: The Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe – Institute of the Leibniz Association, Gisonenweg 5-7, 35037 Marburg
Local Organizer: Jan Surman (jan.surman@herder-institut.de)

From the Middle Ages to the present, intercultural exchange has shaped knowledge and scholarship in Central Europe. Cloisters, universities, libraries, cabinets, museums and laboratories, to name only few sites of knowledge production, constituted privileged meeting spots for scholars, ideas or instruments throughout the ages. The various local and situational identities, languages, sociolects, and knowledge cultures these places involved were increasingly recast into one-dimensional ethnicized and nationalized narratives which buried their dynamic and malleable character. This conference aims at reevaluating the contacts and intersections that one usually calls German and Polish. It seeks alternative ways to tell the stories of scholarly entanglements of the space in question. In particular, we aim at questioning the widespread center-periphery relation, which has implicitly and often explicitly dominated the approaches to research thus far.

They invite speakers to reflect on German-Polish scientific relations in the light of the following ideas about how knowledge exchange works:  
  1. With the times of arguing for or against the Polishness/Germanness of Copernicus long having passed, the identity of actors has undergone heterogenization and dynamization. The personal view on identity with its indeterminacy and fragility, changeability and resistibility, incongruence and simultaneity has replaced ascriptions of group identities. The nexus of space, language and culture has become dissolved and contextualized. With “go betweens” and imperial biographies, a category of actors has been introduced recently into the history of science that eludes simple national categorization, and links the heterogeneity of identity constructions with data carried by these individuals. But the question remains as to what happens to individuals and their environment when scholars migrate, adopt and influence their new working space, whether they be peregrinating monks of the Middle Ages or young expellee scholars of Communist times. These processes may include translation, adaptation, opposition and reorientation, but they always include the exchange of information and knowledge, which was unknown to the other side.
  2. Institutions, both formal and informal, make such mobility processes possible. Not only universities, academies, laboratories, but also religious establishments were in many cases spaces of inclusion of transregional knowledge, enabling also the transfer of tacit knowledge and practices. Networks were constituted by both strong and weak ties. They were not only spaces in which information and objects were transferred, but also those, which structured participants’ developing worldviews and paradigms.
  3. Scholarly relocation is but one factor in knowledge exchange. Recent historiography of science and scholarship, has argued that looking beyond the curtains of publications at what Fran├žois Jacob called “night science” reveals a mesh of contacts and circulations that shape final results. Kapil Raj has shown how interaction in the periphery has made certain kinds of knowledge in centers of calculation possible. Objects, instruments, maps or books travelled through space and time carrying information to be read out of them. So did scientific infrastructure, collections and architecture of knowledge, since political boundaries changed frequently over time.
  4. With the locality of knowledge and ideas of a “geography of reading” (David N. Livingstone) and “geographies of reception” (Nicolaas Rupke), the process of reading cannot be divided from an interpretive context. Theories, solid as they are, are similarly embedded and need to be translated for application. In this way, science and knowledge become intertwined in a complex relation with political and cultural contexts, in which neither is predominant but rather exist as “resources for each other” (Mitchell G. Ash).
They invite presenters to apply who are willing to engage with these and similar sets of questions, while dealing with Polish-German scientific relations in the broadest possible sense of these concepts. Individual papers may address questions of narratives and discourses, political contexts, persons, networks, institutions, objects, instruments, images, representations and media, etc. The call addresses scholars at all stages of their careers working on any time period. Young scholars are explicitly encouraged to apply.

Travel and accommodation costs for the speakers will be covered. Please send your abstract (maximum of 2,000 characters) as well as a short CV with details of your current research interests and recent publications by 20 February 2015 to jan.surman@herder-institut.de
Accepted speakers will be notified by 20 March 2015.

CFP: Social movements in Central and Eastern Europe

Deadline: February 15, 2015 

Call for papers and panels
Social movements in Central and Eastern Europe
University of Bucharest, 11-12 May 2015

The 2015 Conference on Social movements in Central and Eastern Europe is organized by the University of Bucharest and the ISA Research Committee 47 “Social classes and social movements”. The conference will provide a platform to share and develop perspectives on, and analyses of, current and recent social movements and protests in Central and Eastern Europe – including the ones that attain mainstream media headlines as well as those that discreetly transform politics or daily life.

ISA47 aims at promoting teaching and research on social movement studies, as well as networking among social movement scholars both in Rumania and among the Central and Eastern European region. We insist on promoting research agenda, approaches and perspectives rooted in fieldwork in Rumanian and CEE and taking into account local, national and regional challenges faced by social scientists scholars and citizens of that region. Social scientists are called to identify the movements that will eventually shape the future of Central and Eastern Europe and of Europe as a whole. The conference will pay attention to both progressive and conservative movements, as the latter tend to become particularly vibrant and powerful in some CEE countries and raise some important challenges to democracy. Contributions may also underline commonalities and differences among movements and mobilizations in different CEE countries, in a specific sub-region and/or with their counterparts in Western Europe or the rest of the world. A specific panel will be dedicated to analytical overviews of civil society or social movements in a particular country, a set of countries or CEE as a whole. Finally, we also welcome panel and paper proposals on theoretical contributions, notably on c ultural approaches of social movements and personal subjectivity; the outcomes of social movements (both political outcomes and cultural change) as well as theoretical contributions with original insights on social movement studies, Central and Eastern Europe studies or general sociology.

Keynote speakers include James M. Jasper (City University of New York) & Michel Wieviorka (Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris)

The practical organization of the conference is oriented by three main aims:

· to foster scholarly exchange between researchers from Romania, Central and Eastern Europe and the rest of the world. (leading scholars as keynote speakers; leading social movement scholars from a wide range of CEE countries, including Romania, Poland, Russia, Estonia, Armenia, Greece, Ukraine, R. of Moldova, Hungary, Czech Rep., Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Macedonia, Turkey);

· to ensure high quality contributions, panels and discussions (strict selection of papers, based on quality; publication of selected papers; a discussant assigned to every panel; RC 47 support for the publication of journal special issues and books);

· a supportive atmosphere and material conditions that favour insightful exchanges (affordable housing will be provided, convivial lunches and dinners).

In addition, the ISA-RC 47 will support the international diffusion of the conference and its outcomes, notably through the recording and life-streaming of various sessions and publications of selected papers.

We welcome both full panel (4 speakers and a discussant) and individual paper proposals.
Paper proposals are limited to 1,000 words, with a 5-10 line author(s) bio-note.

A panel proposal should include a short description of the scope of the panel (2 paragraphs), 4 papers proposals (1.000 words each) and the bio notes of the author(s). It should also mention the proposed name of the discussant. The organizing committee may suggest a discussant if needed.

Proposals should be sent to Ionel N. Sava, Geoffrey Pleyers and the ISA RC 47, with the subject line “ISA47 Bucharest” insava@sas.unibuc.ro , Geoffrey.Pleyers@uclouvain.be ,rc47.isa@gmail.com

The scientific committee will inform participants of selected proposals by the 25th of February 2015.

Papers should be sent by April 25th and will be published early May as an e-book available for the Conference.

Selected papers and panels will be submitted for publication in collective volumes (Amsterdam University Press and SAGE Current Sociology Monographs) and in journal special Issues.

Each session will consist of 4 paper presentations (15 minutes each), a discussant (15 minutes) and 2 additional papers that may be briefly presented to the audience or serve as a replacement for a missing speaker.

The official language of the conference is English. Two sessions for local scholars, PhD candidates and graduate students shall be organized in Romanian. A session may also be organized in French.

The best papers will be selected for publication in journal special issues and a book on social movements in Central and Eastern Europe.

Participants who will present a paper at the conference are invited to join the ISA Research Committee 47. (No affiliation is required to submit a proposal).
Members of the International Sociological Association: please join us on the ISA website. https://secured.com/~f3641/formisa.htm

For non-members, please contact ISA treasurer Paolo Gerbaudo (Kings College London): paolo.gerbaudo@kcl.ac.uk

CFP: The Humanities and Social Sciences in Central Europe in the Long Nineteenth Century

Deadline: March 15, 2015

Nationalism & Discourses of Objectivity: The Humanities and Social Sciences in Central Europe in the Long Nineteenth Century

The Hungarian Historical Review invites submissions for its second issue in 2016, the theme of which will be “Nationalism & Discourses of Objectivity: The Humanities and Social Sciences in Central Europe in the Long Nineteenth Century”.

Recently, scholarship has begun to pay attention to its own historical roots. Scholars in the humanities and social sciences are now more aware of the twofold nineteenth-century transformation that changed the practices of the sciences in Europe. On the one hand, there were strivings to transform various traditions of erudition into standardized disciplines as “scientific” methods emerged in the humanities and the networks of amateur scholars were replaced by salaried professionals. The social sciences were genuinely conceived as “scientific” principles. On the other hand, the humanities and the social sciences, though influenced by the increasing insistence on “objectivity,” served various (mostly nationalist) political projects. Nationalist politics of the nineteenth century relied on these disciplines to determine the substance of the new national identities far more than previous regimes had. Reflecting on this double process, this special issue of the Hungarian Historical Review will center on these transformations in Central Europe. Possible topics include:
  • Individuals, institutions, groups and networks of national scholarship
  • Professionalization of the humanities and social sciences as vehicles of national scholarship
  • Uses of the humanities and social sciences in the assertions of national agendas
  • Scholars as actors in politics and academic professionalization
  • Academic discourses of non-dominant nations
  • Humanities and social sciences above, underneath and beyond the nation: imperial, regional, socialist and religious frameworks
They invite the submission of abstracts on the questions and topics raised above.

They provide proofreading for contributors who are not native speakers of English.
Please send an abstract of no more than they will not accept full CVs).

The editors will ask the authors of selected papers (max. 10 000 words) to submit their final articles no later than July 30, 2015. The articles will be published after a peer-review process.

All articles must conform to our submission guidelines: http://hunghist.org/index.php/for-authors.
The deadline for the submission of abstracts: March 15, 2015.

Grant: Sharon Abramson Research Grant for the Study of the Holocaust

Deadline: February 2, 2015


The Sharon Abramson Research Grant for the Study of the Holocaust
Call for Applications

 
The Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University is pleased to announce the 2015 Sharon Abramson Research Grant competition.  Five grants of up to $4,000 each will be awarded to support research related to the Holocaust of European Jewry.  

Graduate students in Ph.D. programs who have completed their qualifying exams and university/college faculty who teach about the Holocaust are eligible for this grant.  Grants are for support of activities to be conducted during the year from June 2015 to June 2016.  

All applications must be received by February 2, 2015. Please send all application materials electronically to the Holocaust Educational Foundation at hef@northwestern.edu.

The application should include the following:
• A project statement (1500 word max.)
• The applicant’s CV (4 pages max.)
• A budget for how the funds would be spent
• Two letters of recommendation (emailed separately by the recommenders)

Both applications and letters of recommendation should be emailed with the Subject line: “Research Grant 2015″.

Conference: Trade Relations and the Transatlantic Relationship in the 21st Century

BMW Center for German and European Studies
2015 Transatlantic Policy Symposium

Beyond Tariffs: 
Trade Relations and the Transatlantic Relationship in the 21st Century

Friday, February 6, 2015 | Copley Formal Lounge | Georgetown University

Mega-regional trade agreements have dominated the recent international trade discourse. While the discussion of trade impacts tends to focus on technical details and regulation, trade agreements can produce widespread, and often unforeseen, effects on domestic economies, international relations and politics, security, as well as culture and identity.

Join our graduate student and expert panelists as they discuss and explore the implications of trade relations between the U.S. and Europe.

To register, please visit http://taps2015.eventbrite.com.

Symposium Schedule:

8:15–8:45 AM Registration & Breakfast
8:45–9:00 AM Opening Remarks by Graduate Student Conference Co-Chairs
9:00–9:30 AM   Opening Keynote: Dr. Philipp Ackermann, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
9:30–10:45 AM   Graduate Student Panel: The Global Impact of TTIP – Multinational Corporations, Global Governance, and Special Interests
10:45–11:00 AM   Coffee Break
11:00 AM–12:00 PM   Keynote: Amb. David O'Sullivan, EU Ambassador to the United States
12:00–1:00 PM   Lunch
1:00–2:45 PM   Expert Panel: From Brussels to Washington – The Political and Strategic Drivers of Trade and the Transatlantic Relationship
2:45–3:00 PM   Coffee Break
3:00–4:15 PM   Graduate Student Panel: A Transparent TTIP? Assessing the Openness and Equality of Negotiations
4:15–4:30 PM   Closing Remarks
5:00–7:00 PM   Reception at the Mortara Center for International Studies

For more information about the conference and speakers, please visit the Transatlantic Policy Symposium website at http://cges.georgetown.edu/events/conference