Oktober / November / Dezember 2017

Vortrag:Selbstvertrauen und Leistungskraft. Praktiken der Rehabilitation Kriegsinvalider (Thomas Rohringer)
30. Oktober 2017, 18.00 c. t.
IFK, Reichsratsstraße 17/DG, 1010 Wien (Eintritt frei)
Vortragsreihe: Das globalgeschichtliche Jahr 1917
Jeweils Montag, 19.00, VHS Linz - Wissensturm, Veranstaltungssaal E09
Moderation: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Marcus Gräser; Johannes Kepler Universität Linz
2.10.2017 - Revolution: Russland und die Habsburgermonarchie 1917/18 (Verena Moritz, Hannes Leidinger)
9.10.2017 - Eine Stimme für die Frauen? Die ungarische Wahlrechtsvorlage von Dezember 1917 und die Frauenstimmrechtsbestrebungen in der Habsburgermonarchie (Susan Zimmermann)
16.10.2017 - Autonomie oder Unabhängigkeit? Galizien als Spiegel der Nationalitätenproblematik in der Habsburgermonarchie (Elisabeth Haid)
23.10.2017 - Die freieste Gelegenheit zur autonomen Entwicklung: US-Präsident Woodrow Wilson und die Zukunft Österreich-Ungarns (Manfred Berg)
Vortrag: Die Zwölfte Isonzoschlacht (Manfried Rauchensteiner)
Dienstag, dem 17. Oktober, 18.00 Uhr
im Vortragssaal des Instituts für Österreichkunde
Hanuschgasse 3, Stiege 4 (2. Hof), 1. Stock, Top 1046, 1010 Wien
Konf: Nerven und Krieg. Psychische Mobilisierungs- und Leidenserfahrungen in Deutschland 1900-1933
Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Fabeckstraße 23-25, 14195 Berlin, Raum: 2.2059
Konferenz: Regional Revolution(s) - 1917 and its Consequences in the Province
Gießen, "Senatssaal" in the Main Building (Hauptgebäude) of Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Ludwigstrasse 23, 35390 Gießen
Vortrag: Todeszone Front. Zur räumlichen Differenzierung eines Gewaltraumes am Beispiel des Ersten Weltkrieges (Oswald Überegger)
Montag, 11. Dezember 2017, 18:30 Uhr
Seminarraum I, Institut für Zeitgeschichte, Universität Wien Altes AKH - Spitalgasse 2-4, Hof 1, 1.13, 1090 Wien


CfP: The Break-Up of the K.U.K. “Contract” in Austria-Hungary during WWI: Clues and Signs
Maison de la Recherche, Université Paris IV Paris-Sorbonne, 22-23 March 2018
Organizers: UMR-SIRICE (CNRS, Paris I-IV, Sorbonne), CREE-Inalco, LABEX EHNE.
Deadline: 30.11.2017
Project: This conference is the third and last part of a cycle entitled “Writing at War, writing the War. Austria-Hungary’s Soldiers and Civilians in WWI”. It aims to contribute to a reflexion “from below”, mostly through non- governmental and private sources. It favours a local or regional approach and intends to take into account the diverse situations the local populations faced, as soldiers or as civilians at the rear. The first conference (October 2016, Inalco, Paris) was devoted to the eve of war, the second (June 2017, Inalco and Paris-IV Sorbonne) to k.u.k. solidarities and their evolutions.
Call for papers: It is now generally accepted that the weakening of Austria-Hungary’s State legitimacy cannot be reduced to the “national question” or shortages. Our hypothesis is that the cautious scrutiny of the relationship between the main political centres – Vienna and Budapest – and the different components of the mobilized society in the overall organization of the “war society”, more specifically during the second part of the war, is of great relevance to map the cracks that appeared bit by bit in the imperial and royal consensus and in consent to the explicit and implicit rules of what John Horne called the specific “wartime social morality”. This “contract” involves the responsibility of the citizens and its total devotion to the Austrian fatherland as well as the responsibility of the State itself. This morality seemed to weaken from summer 1916 onwards. We will identify some of the clues and signs of this weakening and analyse some of its diverse aspects.
We will focus mostly on three points:
o    How was the Austrian administrative war governance blamed for the growing difficul2es and malfunctioning of the everyday life at the rear? How, and to what extent, were its strategies as to the economic structure in general or to specific issues and categories of population contested (children, refugees and POWs, for instance)?
o    What impact and consequences did the tightening of the prescriptive frame (either moral or legal) have? What are the main strategies that arose to bypass or sidestep it, and how should they be analysed?
o    How, and using which clues is it possible to observe a slackening of the link between the front line and the rear, the limits of donation campaigns, and the gradual “nationalization” of support commi]ees? Local and regional consequences of these reconfigurations will be the priority.

Practical information:
o    Accommodation (2 nights) and meals are at the organizers’ expense.
o    The organizers do not cover travel expenses.
o    Proposals are to be sent before 30 November 2018. They should be within the 300-500 words range (in English or French) and sent to Étienne Boisserie – e2enne.boisserie@inalco.fr and Catherine Horel – horel.c@orange.fr.
o    Presentations of accepted papers (in English or French) should not last more than 20 minutes.Étienne Boisserie, CREE, Inalco
Catherine Horel, CNRS, UMR SIRICE, Université Paris-Sorbonne


CFP: A Holiday from War? "Resting" behind the Lines during the First World War
22.06.2018-23.06.2018, Paris, Université Paris III - Sorbonne Nouvelle - Sarah Montin (EA PRISMES) and Clémentine Tholas-Disset (EA CREW)
Deadline: 20.11.2017
Situated a few kilometers behind the front lines, the rear area is the space where soldiers rotated after several days burrowed at the front or in reserve lines, surfacing from the trenches to join rest stations, training installations, ammunition and food supply depots, hospitals, brothels, command headquarters or soldiers’ shelters. In that space in-between which is neither the site of combat nor that of civilian life, the soldiers were less exposed to danger and followed a barracks routine enlivened by relaxing activities which aimed to restore morale. If some soldiers found there a form of rest far from the fury of the guns, others suffered from the encroaching discipline, the imposition of training or the promiscuity with soldiers that were no longer brothers-in-arms in this buffer zone where they spent 3/5ths of their time. Both a place of abandonment and a place of control, the rear area merges at times with the civilian world as it occupies farms and villages and hosts non-combatants such as doctors, nurses or volunteers. With battles being waged close by, the “back of the front” (Paul Cazin) is a meeting place for soldiers of different armies and allied countries, as well as for officers and privates, soldiers and civilians, men and women, foreign troops and locals living in occupied zones. The rear area is not only a spatial concept but also a temporal one: it is a moment of reprieve, of passing forgetfulness and illusive freedom; a moment of “liberated time” (Thierry Hardier and Jean-François Jagielski) indicating a period of relative rest between combat and leave, a short-lived respite before returning to the front. If the combatant is entitled to repose and time to himself, military regulations demand that he never cease to be a soldier. As such we have to consider these moments of relaxation within the strict frame of military life at the front and the role played by civilian organizations such as the YMCA or the Salvation Army, who managed the shelters for soldiers on the Western Front.
 What do the soldiers do when they are not on the battlefield? The broadening of the definition of war experience in recent historiography has transformed our spatial and temporal understanding of the conflict, shifting the scope away from the front lines and the activities of combat. Beyond the battlefield and its traditional martial associations emerges another representation of the warrior and the soldier, along with another experience of the war. Though seemingly incompatible with war experience, certain recreational activities specific to civilian life make their way to the rear area with the approval of military command. Moments of relaxation and leisure are encouraged in order to maintain or restore the soldier’s physical and emotional well-being, thus sustaining the war effort. They also ensure that the soldier is not entirely cut off from “normal” life and bring comfort to those who are not granted leave. Liberated time is not free time, just as periods without war are not periods of peace. These “holidays from war” are not wholly synonymous with rest as the men are almost constantly occupied (review, training exercises, instruction) in order to fight idleness and ensure the soldiers stay fit for duty. The rear is thus also a place of heightened collective practices such as sports, hunting and fishing, walking, bathing, discussions, creation of trench journals, film projections, concert parties, theatre productions, religious services as well as individual activities such as reading, writing and artistic creation.
 Between communion with the group and meditative isolation, experiences vary from one soldier to another, depending on social origins, level of education and rank, all of which take on a new meaning at the rear where the egalitarian spirit fostered during combat is often put to the test. Sociability differs in periods of fighting and periods of recovery and is not always considered positively by the soldiers. However, despite the tensions induced by life at the rear, these “holidays from war” and spells of idleness are often represented as idyllic “pastoral moments” (Paul Fussell) in the visual and written productions of the combatants. The enchanted interlude sandwiched between two bouts of war becomes thus a literary and artistic trope, evoking, by contrast, a fleeting yet exhilarating return to life, innocence and harmony, a rediscovery of the pleasures of the body following its alienation and humiliation during combat.
 In order to further our understanding of the historical, political and aesthetic concerns of life at the rear, long considered a parenthesis in the experience of war, this interdisciplinary conference will address, but will not be limited to, the following themes:
- The ideological, medical and administrative construction of the notion of “rest” in the First World War (as it applied to combatants but also auxiliary corps and personnel);
- Paramilitary, recreational and artistic activities at the rear; the organization of activities in particular leisure and entertainment, the role of the army and independent contractors (civilian organizations, etc.);
- Sociability between soldiers (hierarchy, tensions, camaraderie); the rear area as meeting place with the other (between soldiers/auxiliary personnel, combatants, locals, men/women, foreign troops, etc.), site of passage, exploration, initiation or “return to the norm” (“rest huts” built to offer a “home away from home”), testimonies from inhabitants of the occupied zones;
- Articulations and dissonances between community life and time to oneself, collective experience and individual experience;
- The historic and artistic conceptualization of the rear area, specific artistic and literary modes at the rear by contrast with writings at the front;
- Staging life at the rear: scenes of country-life, idyllic representations of non-combat as farniente or hellscapes, bathing parties or penitentiary universes, the figure of the soldier as dilettante, flâneur and solitary rambler, in the productions (memoirs, accounts, correspondence, novels, poetry, visual arts, etc.) of combatants and non-combatants;
- Cultural, political and media (re)construction of the figure of the “soldier at rest” (war photography, postcards, songs, etc.); representations of the male and female body at rest, constructions of a new model of masculinity (sexuality and sport), and their place in war production.
 In order to foster dialogue between the Anglophone, Francophone and Germanophone areas of study, the conference will mainly focus on the Western Front. However, proposals dealing with other fronts will be examined. Presentations will preferably be in English.
 Please send a 250-word proposal and a short bio before November 20, 2017, to montin.sarah@gmail.com and clementine.tholas@univ-paris3.fr
Notification of decision: December 15, 2017


August / September 2017

Konferenz: 1917 - Epochenjahr der Weltgeschichte?

Tutzing, Akademie für Politische Bildung
Konferenz: Russia 1917 and the Dissolution of the Old Order in Europe
Landgut Castelen, Giebenacherstrasse 9, CH-4302 Augst

CFP: An environmental history of wars in Central Europe -- Hungarian Historical Review
Deadline: 30.09.2017
The Hungarian Historical Review invites submissions for its third issue in 2018, the theme of which will be "An environmental history of wars in Central Europe"
The deadline for the submission of abstracts: September 30, 2017 The deadline for the accepted papers: January 31, 2018
The environmental changes of the last millennium in East Central Europe have been studied for decades, and historians, archaeologists, and natural scientists have made substantial contributions to a more nuanced understanding of the relationships between the environment on the one hand and cultural and political history on the other. Historical processes can hardly be grasped in their complexity without some understanding of the changes that have taken place in the natural environment, and yet for the most part environmental history has remained a marginal topic or perspective in the study of the history of East Central Europe. Indeed, in many countries of the region it is still regarded as an auxiliary discipline of importance primarily simply because it adds an interdisciplinary angle to more traditional historical inquiries.
Environmental history does not have a single agenda. It is neither a turn nor a paradigm in historiography. There are many ways to write environmental history. For their part, archaeologists, geologists, geographers, biologists, palynologists, climatologists etc. have made important contributions, but their work and methodologies have not yet been organized systematically to produce a holistic picture precisely because of the absence of a synthetic historical approach. Furthermore, sometimes these scientists have neglected one another's work, and some of the different disciplines continue to arrive at contradictory findings.
In Western European and U.S. scholarship, one of the problems which has drawn significant interest is environmental change brought about by military conflicts. The environmental legacy of wars has been intensely studied in the last two decades, in part in connection with the visible destruction and environmental impact of the two World Wars, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. Dozens of major works have focused on the environmental transformation of landscapes in regions affected by war. However, most of these works addressed the problem of the environmental footprint of wars in modern times and, in particular, the twentieth century. Very few studies examined how military tactics in medieval or early modern times transformed the environment in various parts of Central Europe. The Hungarian Historical Review seeks contributions that will enrich our understanding of the environmental history of wars, broadly understood. The questions the articles should address may include but are not limited to:
- the impact of periods of war on landscape;
- changes in landscapes after wars;
- military industry and its impact on historical environments;
- landscapes of peace;
- the roles of weather and climate in military campaigns;
- the roles of landscapes in determining military tactics
The long-range goal is to summarize the related efforts in order to enhance communication among different fields of the sciences and foster exchanges among researchers of different nationalities. The short-term goal is to present a general, overall picture of our knowledge of environmental changes brought about by wars.
We invite the submission of abstracts on the questions and topics raised above.
Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words and a short biographical sketch with a selected list of the author's five most important publications (we do not accept full CVs).
The editors will ask the authors of selected abstracts to submit their final articles (max. 10,000 words) no later than January 31, 2018. The articles will be published after a double blind peer-review process. We provide proofreading for contributors who are not native speakers of English.
All articles must conform to our submission guidelines: http://hunghist.org/index.php/for-authors . The deadline for the submission of abstracts: September 30, 2017. Proposals should be submitted by email: hunghist@btk.mta.hu
The Hungarian Historical Review is a peer-reviewed international quarterly of the social sciences and humanities the geographical focus of which is Hungary and East-Central Europe. For additional information, including submission guidelines, please visit the journal's website: www.hunghist.org 

CfP: Captivity in War: a Global Perspective (19th and 20th Centuries)
Deadline: 15.09.2017
This conference will explore various issues relating to captivity in war in the 19th and 20th centuries. In recent years, the study of prisoners of war has increasingly attracted scholarly attention. However, it remains a neglected topic when it comes to research on wars, which often focuses either on the conduct of war itself or on the home front, with prisoners of war fitting in neither of those categories. The aim of the conference is to bring together academics currently working on various aspects of captivity in war during the 19th and 20th centuries, and to discuss and explain how captivity in war varied and evolved during this period.
We welcome proposals for 15-minute papers from researchers not only with a historical background, but also from other disciplines. Submissions from postgraduate and early career researchers are particularly welcomed. We purposely use a broad definition of «captives», which not only refers to prisoners of war but also includes forced labourers, civilian internees etc. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
-International organisations and humanitarian aid
-Violence towards captives
-Captives and labour
-Interaction with local populations
-Release and reintegration
The conference will be held at the University of Bern, Switzerland on 23/24 March 2018 and is organised by the Military Academy at ETH Zurich.
Please submit an abstract of 300 words and a brief CV to: marcel.berni@vtg.admin.ch and tamara.braun@vtg.admin.ch by 15 September 2017.
Bursaries to cover travel expenses and accommodation are available.
We aim to publish selected contributions in a special edition of the peer-reviewed International Journal of Military History and Historiography.
CfP: Representing Migration: The Legacy of Post-Imperial Migrations from World War I to the Cold War
International Conference at the Center for Advanced Studies, LMU Munich
29 and 30 January 2018
Organized by Prof. Dr. Christoph K. Neumann (Chair of Turkish Studies, LMU), Prof. Dr. Isa Blumi (Stockholm University, CAS Visiting Fellow), and Prof. Dr. Martin Schulze Wessel (Chair of East European History, LMU)
Deadline: 1.9.2017
The routes of migration in the “long” twentieth century constitute passages through which not only people have changed their location, but also the material and immaterial goods which they have taken with them. Scholars from many disciplinary backgrounds have studied the symbols of migrants remembering their origins, which manifest themselves in objects, artifacts, songs, monuments, newspapers and magazines, letters and photographs, performative exclamations and orally transmitted memories. Such representations of migration can freeze positive memories of that which needs preservation or melancholic memories of an often-dramatic migration experience taking place in a distant world.
This is certainly the case for tens of millions of people from the Habsburg, Russian, and Ottoman Empires. With the variable waves of migration subjects of these empires generating a flurry of transformative experiences that have left their imprint well into the Cold War era, it is time to consider what can be salvaged from these events and analyzed in critical new ways.
In the hope of opening a new set of comparative and perhaps collaborative investigations into the long-term impact of the explosive migrations out of these three empires, we are organizing a two-day conference to facilitate discussion between advanced graduate students and established scholars. The aim of the gathering in Munich at the beginning of 2018 is to produce a framework in which new inquiries into the dynamics around migration within and beyond the late Habsburg, Ottoman, and Russian Empires are possible. With special focus on the traumas and transformations taking place from the 1870s until the early Cold War, we believe there is an important new, often trans-national perspective to be developed for the study of migration. Post-imperial experiences for millions of people make it necessary to take methodological paths that are trans-regional, comparative and consciously seeks to tie together the socio-economic, cultural, and political consequences of these experiences. In the hope of opening a new set of comparative and perhaps collaborative investigations into the long-term impact of the explosive migrations out of these three empires, we are calling for contributions that could push the confines of how the migratory legacy is currently understood. The time frame and geographic centering, as the disciplinary foundation, are open.
The ideal range of papers extends from the events leading to the collapse of these empires, to monitoring where exiles of these events end up and hopefully include a focus on how these diasporas ultimately shaped early Cold War societies. Contributions are especially sought from those who can locate the imprints of these migrations to regions well beyond the territorial confines of the three empires, perhaps even introducing new avenues of analysis that tie the migrants from these multi-national empires to the creation of diasporas in the Americas, Southeast Asia as well as throughout Eurasia and Mediterranean world.
Considering this, we are especially seeking contributions that treat these migratory experiences as a field of research that may be approached in a processual, interdisciplinary manner. Meanwhile, such migrations should be understood not so much through the construction of identities as distinctive of others, but rather through diverse forms of representation manifested as migrants are faced with dynamic conditions in exile. Urban settings and the use of urban space for the presentation and re-experiencing of migration are another focus we are particularly interested in. That being said, the time frame and geographic centering, as the disciplinary foundation, are open.
While resources are limited to cover the expenses of all participants, priority is given to advanced graduate students who wish to use this conference to explore ways to further expand their original projects to accommodate the themes of transnational migration proposed here. Draft papers shall ideally be distributed prior to the conference and will become part of an edited volume published in a peer reviewed academic press.
The conference will take place at the Center for Advanced Studies at LMU Munich and is part of the CAS research focus “Representing Migration”. http://www.en.cas.uni-muenchen.de/research_focus/migration/index.html
Please send your paper abstract of 300-350 words to christoph.neumann@lmu.de by September 1st, 2017.

CfP: Der Alltag der Ausnahme: Besatzungsregime im 20. Jahrhundert

Historisches Institut der Universität zu Köln
Deadline: 15.08.2017
Besatzungsregime im 20. Jahrhundert lassen sich als Ausnahmezustände beschreiben: Bestehendes Recht tritt außer Kraft, das zivile und militärische Gewaltmonopol gehen in die Hände der Besatzer über, soziale Hierarchien werden neu definiert, Arbeit und Wirtschaft werden nicht selten nach den Okkupanten ausgerichtet; oftmals begleiten Zerstörung, Verletzungen und Tod den Wechsel von der alten zur neuen Ordnung.
Zugleich aber sollten Veränderungen kontextueller Rahmungen nicht den Blick auf das Alltagsleben und -erleben verstellen. So sind Okkupationsregime, wenn auch temporäre, doch alltägliche Ordnungssysteme, in denen Besatzer wie Besetzte Routinen entwickelten und in Kontaktzonen miteinander interagierten. Zwar bestand eine Machtasymmetrie zwischen Besetzten und Besatzern, doch war diese keineswegs starr und monolithisch, sondern stand unter stetigem Legitimationsdruck und war dynamischen Aushandlungsprozessen unterworfen.
Die deutsche Alltagsgeschichte wie auch die aus der Annales-Tradition kommende Mentalitätsgeschichte entwickelten seinerzeit einen eher offenen Alltagsbegriff, in Kontrast zu Herrschaft und Strukturen und mit Blick auf subalterne Individuen und Gruppen im Sinne einer Geschichte 'von unten'. Allerdings lässt sich Alltag zuspitzen auf etwas über Routinen und habituelle Praktiken Hergestelltes, das in erster Linie Erwartungssicherheit garantieren soll. Im Ausnahmezustand wird diese Sicherheit suspendiert, auf Dauer gestellt spricht man vom permanenten oder perpetuierten Ausnahmezustands oder gar von einer Normalität des Ausnahmezustands. In diesen Begriffen drückt sich ein Nebeneinander von Alltäglichkeit und Außeralltäglichkeit aus, das die formaljuristische Kategorie des Ausnahmezustandes überschreitet und auf die Perspektive der Akteure verweist. Alltag und Ausnahme sind somit keine einander ablösenden, wechselseitig exklusiven Zustände mehr, sondern in Besatzungskontexten synchrone und sich gegenseitig bedingende Phänomene.
Die Impulse der jüngeren Okkupationsforschung  aufnehmend, welche die Alltagsperspektive wieder stärker betont, möchten wir im Rahmen dieses Workshops die Frage diskutieren, wie und mit welchen Methoden sich Alltag in der Ausnahmesituation von Besatzung analytisch stärker greifen lässt. Im Zentrum soll stehen, wie Alltag und Ausnahme in der Begegnung zwischen Besatzern und Besetzten immer wieder neu hergestellt und verhandelt werden. Dabei sind unterschiedliche Zugänge denkbar, seien es raumhistorische Ansätze die z.B. die Orte der Begegnung bzw. Kontaktzonen in den Fokus der Analyse rücken; praxeologisch inspirierte Zugänge, die gegenseitigen Bezüge der praktischen Tuns der Akteure beleuchten, oder aber Sound- und Visual History ausgerichtete Beiträge, die auf die Erfahrungsebene abheben. Da sich Besatzungsherrschaft als Grenzphänomen zwischen Krieg und Frieden bewegt, interessieren wir uns insbesondere für die Präsenz und die unterschiedlichen Erscheinungsformen von Gewalt und deren Rolle für Alltag und Ausnahmezustand. Dies sollen aber nur Anregungen sein. Wir sind offen für Ihre eigenen Vorschläge.
Zeitlich beschränken wir uns auf das 20. Jahrhundert, allerdings sind räumlich keine Grenzen gesetzt. Explizit sind Beiträge willkommen, die über das üblicherweise im Kontext von Besatzungen untersuchte Terrain des Zweiten Weltkriegs hinausgehen.
Herrn Professor Dr. Martin H. Geyer (LMU München) konnten wir für einen
Impulsvortrag gewinnen.
Wir bitten Interessierte ihre Themenvorschläge (maximal 300 Wörter) inklusive einer Kurzbiographie bis zum 15. August 2017 an thomas.blanck@smail.uni-koeln.de zu senden. Bis zum 15. September informieren wir über eine Annahme Ihres Vorschlags. Reisekosten und Unterkunft können übernommen werden.

CfA: The First International School Poland and Central and Eastern Europe 2017
1th - 12th October 2017, Warsaw - Cracow - Wrocław
Deadline: 15.08.2017
The College of Eastern Europe, in cooperation with the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity, the Ossolinski National Institute, with funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, is organising the international school “Poland and Central and Eastern Europe.” This unique initiative is dedicated to people writing about Poland and Central and Eastern Europe. The School, which comprises lectures and study visits to Warsaw, Bialystok, Cracow, and Wroclaw, is an excellent opportunity to meet Polish scholars, social and civil society activists as well as representatives of public administration. It offers a chance to learn more about Polish history and culture in terms of the co-existence of different cultures and religions— Christian, Jewish, and Muslim.
The School is dedicated to young historians, social scientists, journalists, social activists, popularizers of Polish and Central European history.
The School is open to people from Western and Eastern Europe, the USA, Canada, Israel, Caucasus, Japan, China.
The language of instruction is English.
Each participant will be required to publish a text on a topic covered during the School (within 6 months following the School)
Age of the participants: under 40
A unique curriculum presenting the history of Poland with a special focus on the coexistence of diverse cultures and religions, Christians, Jews, and Muslims.
The history and the present of Polish citizens: Poles, Ukrainians, Jews, Belarusians, Tatars, Germans.
Visits to the most important sites of multicultural history in Poland. Meetings with experts, information about Polish archives, their availability, and terms of use.
A series of lectures and seminars
Candidates are asked to complete the electronic form available at: kew.wufoo.eu/forms/school
Application deadline 15 August 2017.
The Selection Committee will make a decision regarding participation by 20 August 2017 and will immediately notify all candidates.
Candidates may apply for a grant to cover all or part of the travel expenses to Poland. Other expenses (accommodation, travel in Poland, meals, educational programme) are provided by the Organizers.
The stay in Poland starts on 1 October 2017 in Warsaw and ends on 12 October 2017 in Wroclaw.
Further information: Marek Dabkowski (marek.dabkowski@kew.org.pl, tel. +48 502 388 373)

Juni / Juli 2017

CFP: Krieg, Revolution und Staatsgründung in der Ukraine (1914-1923). Nachwuchsworkshop der Deutsch-Ukrainischen Historikerkommission
26.09.2017-30.09.2017, Kyjiw
Deadline: 30.07.2017
Das Revolutionsjahr 1917 stellt für viele Ukrainer bis heute einen traumatischen Erinnerungsort dar, der vor allem mit den gescheiterten Staatsgründungsversuchen verbunden wird. Das Revolutionsjubiläum soll in diesem Jahr in der Ukraine ganz im Zeichen der "nationalen ukrainischen Revolution" begangen werden, in deren Mittelpunkt die nationale Bewegung des ukrainischen Volkes und der Kampf um die Staatsgründung standen. Diese Sichtweise revidiert das alte sowjetische Narrativ der "Großen Sozialistischen Oktoberrevolution" Gesamtrußlands, wonach die Revolution in der Ukraine ausschließlich als Kampf sozialer Klassen verstanden wird und das den kurzlebigen ukrainischen Nationalstaaten der Jahre 1917 bis 1920 nur marginale Bedeutung zumaß. Zuweilen wird in diesem nationalen ukrainischen Narrativ jedoch den sozialen Aspekten der Revolution zu wenig Beachtung geschenkt. Es bedarf anderer Sichtweisen, die die nationalen und sozialen Faktoren des Revolutionsjahres in ihrer wechselseitigen Abhängigkeit und Verflechtung integrieren und zudem die verschiedenen lokalen und regionalen Revolutionsgeschichten im ehemaligen Russischen Imperium miteinander verknüpfen.
Die Deutsch-Ukrainische Historikerkommission lädt Promovierende und fortgeschrittene Studierende in Master-Programmen zu einem Seminar ein, bei dem integrierende Perspektiven auf die Geschichte des Revolutionsjahres 1917 im größeren zeitlichen Kontext von Erstem Weltkrieg, Revolution und Bürgerkrieg in der Ukraine (1914-1923) entwickelt werden sollen. Unter anderem sollen dabei Fragen der ukrainisch-deutschen Verflechtungsgeschichte aufgegriffen, verschiedene ukrainische Regionen in den Blick genommen und transregionale Prozesse jenseits der Zentren einbezogen werden.
Das Seminar findet in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Institut für Geschichte der Akademie der Wissenschaften der Ukraine in Kyjiw statt und besteht aus zwei inhaltlichen Teilen. Während der ersten drei Tagen des Seminars sollen eigene Forschungsarbeiten der ukrainischen und deutschen Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer vorgestellt und untereinander sowie mit weiteren ExpertInnen diskutiert werden. Dies können Promotionsprojekte oder auch Arbeiten im Rahmen von Masterstudiengängen sein, die sich mit der Geschichte des Ersten Weltkriegs, der Revolutionen von 1917 oder des anschließenden Bürgerkriegs beschäftigen. Im nächsten Schritt werden die Ergebnisse des Workshops auf der Jahreskonferenz der DUHK in Kyjiw, die vom 28. bis 30. September stattfinden wird, knapp und überblicksmäßig präsentiert. 
Das Seminar findet unter der Leitung von Prof. Dr. Yaroslav Hrytsak (Ukrainische Katholische Universität L'viv) und Prof. Dr. Tanja Penter (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg) statt.
Insgesamt stehen zwölf Plätze zur Verfügung. Die Gruppe sollte sich möglichst zu gleichen Teilen aus Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmern aus Deutschland und der Ukraine zusammensetzen. Die Veranstaltung findet auf Deutsch und Ukrainisch mit Übersetzung statt.
Die Übernachtungs- und Verpflegungskosten werden von den Veranstaltern übernommen. Außerdem wird ein Reisekostenzuschuss für die Anreise aus Deutschland in Höhe von maximal 200 Euro gewährt.
Wir möchten Interesseierte bitten, eine Bewerbung mit Lebenslauf, einem kurzen Motivationsschreiben sowie einem Exposé ihres Forschungsvorhabens (maximal 300 Wörter) gebündelt zu einer PDF-Datei bis zum 30. Juli 2017 an folgende Adresse zu schicken: kateryna.kudin@lrz.uni-muenchen.de.
CfA: 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War
Journal: 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, Berlin
"1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War" is an English-language online reference work on World War I dedicated to publishing high quality peer-reviewed content. Each article in the encyclopedia is a self-contained publication and its author receives full recognition. All articles receive a distinct URL address as well as a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and are fully citable as scholarly publications.
"1914-1918-online" is an open access publication, which means that all articles are freely available online, ensuring maximum worldwide dissemination of content.
The editors invite academics to contribute articles on a select number of topics not yet covered by our invitation-only editorial process. Authors who are interested in submitting a paper on any of the subjects listed should submit a short CV with a publication list, as well as an abstract (max. 250 words) or a full-length paper.

CfP Bilder und Sprachen von Not, Gewalt und Mobilisierung. Das östliche Europa nach 1918 in medialen Repräsentationen
Regensburg 12.-13. April 2018
Deadline: 31.07.2017
Der doppelte Waffenstillstand zwischen den Mittelmächten und Russland und der Ukraine im Februar/März 1918 (Brest-Litowsk) sowie im November 1918 zwischen der Entente und den Mittelmächten beendete zwar formell den Ersten Weltkrieg. Die Gewalt lebte aber in vielen Regionen des östlichen Europa fort, wie in Grenz- und Bürgerkriegen oder infolge von paramilitärischer Gewalt. Begleitet war dies von sozialem Elend sowie einer oft schwierigen Transformation staatlicher Strukturen und ökonomischer Beziehungen. Nach wie vor ist offen, wie stark die Gewalt-und Destabilisierungserfahrungen der unmittelbaren Nachkriegszeit die neue politische und gesellschaftliche Ordnung in der östlichen Hälfte des europäischen Kontinents prägten.
Erst ansatzweise ist untersucht, welche Rolle in diesem Rahmen Massenmedien bei der Vergemeinschaftung und Dramatisierung von Gewalt- und Umbruchserfahrungen spielten. Vor dem Hintergrund der Gegnerstereotypen der Kriegspropaganda und neuer medialer Aussageformen soll die Doppeltagung daher untersuchen, wie (Sprach-)Bilder von Not und Elend, Gewalt und Krise produziert, verbreitet und beantwortet wurden. Es soll danach gefragt werden, welche Dynamiken von einzelnen Medienereignissen (wie z. B. Schlachten, Attentaten, sozialen Unruhen, Pogromen und ethnischen Konflikten, Demonstrationen oder galoppierender Inflation) ausgingen und welche transnationalen Rezeptions- und Reaktionsmuster charakteristisch waren. Das östliche Europa kommt in diesem Zusammenhang nicht nur als "crisis zone of Europe" (Ivan Berend) in den Blick, in der vor dem Hintergrund postimperialer Neu-Konfiguration soziale und politische Experimente etwa in der Kunst möglich wurden, sondern auch als Raum neuer medialer Experimente und Repräsentationen, die bewusste Gegenakzente setzten zur tradierten Welt der spätfeudalen multinationalen Monarchien.
Das Medium der Fotographie und im weiteren Verlauf der Nachkriegszeit des Radios und des Kinos wurden zu wichtigen Schauplätzen des Kampfes um Bedeutungshoheit über die neuen Verhältnisse. Unterschiedliche Akteure nutzten die genannten, aber auch andere neue mediale Möglichkeiten und vor allem die emotionelle Kraft des Bildes, um nach Innen sowie nach Außen Überzeugungsarbeit zu leisten. Der Oktoberaufstand und der Bürgerkrieg in (Sowjet-)Russland produzierten Bilder, die langfristig die Ikonografie von politischen Umbrüchen prägen sollten. Die Abbildungen des Flüchtlingselends am Balkan und in Mitteleuropa aber auch des Hungers in Russland 1920-1923 gelten als eine der Wurzeln der Nutzung der Fotografie und anderer graphischer Künste für internationale humanitäre Hilfe.
Die Doppeltagung wird nicht ausschließlich nach visuellen Repräsentationen des Nachkriegs im östlichen Europa fragen, sondern auch andere Formen medialer Vermittlung (wie Ton) in den Blick nehmen. Dabei geht es auch um die Veränderung von Wahrnehmungsmustern und Wahrnehmungserwartungen. Die Leitfrage hierbei ist, inwieweit die Nachkriegserfahrung einerseits neue mediale Repräsentationsformen stimulierte, andererseits letztere die Wahrnehmung und Erinnerung dieser Krisen und Konflikte prägten.
Auch Bildlichkeit ist dabei weit gefasst - es sollen nicht nur Fotos in den Blick genommen werden, sondern auch Karikaturen, kartografische Abbildungen, Piktogramme und Infografiken und deren Versuche der grafischen Darstellung sozialen Leids. Entsprechend können die einzelnen Beiträge die Wechselwirkungen zwischen neuen Repräsentationsformen und der Transformation von Wissens- und Werteordnungen adressieren. Auch interessieren die technischen und ästhetischen Aspekte ebenso wie die Akteure - Beispiele sind Künstler/innen wie Käthe Kollwitz mit ihrer Darstellung des Hungers in Russland, Fotografen wie der auf dem Balkan 1918 aktive Lewis Hine oder Wissenschaftler wie die Kartographen Pál Teleki oder Eugeniusz Romer.
"Sprachen" versteht die Doppeltagung ebenfalls breit. Entsprechend sind unterschiedlichste Tradierungsformen von Gewalt- und Krisenerfahrung, ihre Archivierung und interessengesteuerte Präsentation Thema der Doppeltagung. Beispiele dafür sind Fotos aus dem Bürgerkrieg in (Sowjet-)Russland, die sich im Nachlass von General Wrangel befanden und von der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek digitalisiert wurden, oder Originaldokumente über die Nachkriegswirren im Baltikum, die am Herder-Institut aufbewahrt werden. Diese Materialien erlauben, neue Fragen zu stellen: Wie haben Regierungen und Konfliktparteien versucht, sich neuer Bildsprachen zu bemächtigen oder diese sogar zu entwickeln? Wie haben verschiedene Gruppen Visualisierungen von Leid und Unterdrückung als Mittel des politischen Kampfes und der Mobilisierung genutzt? Welche Rolle spielten internationale Akteure, z. B. im Rahmen humanitärer Aktionen? Wurde hier gar ein neues Kapitel in der Geschichte politischer Propaganda und sozialer Agitation aufgeschlagen?
Während der erste Teil der Doppeltagung 2018 in Regensburg stattfindet und auf die unmittelbare Nachkriegszeit und die Zeit des Bürgerkriegs in Sowjetrussland und der Ukraine fokussiert, wird sich der zweite Teil 2019 in Marburg auf die Krisen der Zwischenkriegszeit, wie die Folgen der Implementierung der neuen Staatsformen, der Hyperinflationen oder der Weltwirtschaftskrise, konzentrieren. Zu fragen ist hier, ob das östliche Europa auch Ende der 1920er und zu Beginn der 1930er Jahre weiterhin ein Laboratorium für weit über die Zwischenkriegszeit hinaus wirkende Repräsentationsweisen von Umbruch und tiefer Krise war. Es ist diese Fragestellung nach der Bedeutung medialer Repräsentation, die beide Tagungen inhaltlich verbindet, nicht etwa die Frage nach dem Zusammenhang zwischen politischer und wirtschaftlicher Krise.
Tagungssprachen sind Deutsch und Englisch. Reise- und Übernachtungskosten werden von den Veranstaltern übernommen. Referatsvorschläge sollen sich auf eine der beiden Tagungsteile beziehen. Für die Tagung in Marburg im Jahr 2019 wird es 2018 einen zweiten Call geben.
Abstracts (max. 400 Wörter) sollen gemeinsam mit einem kurzen CV (max. 1 Seite) über das Tagungsportal eingereicht werden: http://www.ios-regensburg.de/ausschreibungen.html
Nachfragen an: tagung@ios-regensburg.de
Deadline für Referatsvorschläge: 31. Juli 2017

CFP: Central and Eastern Europe after the First World War/Das östliche Europa nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg - Berlin 01/18
European Network Remembrance and Solidarity, Warsaw; Federal Institute for Culture and History of the Germans in Eastern Europe, Oldenburg; in cooperation with: Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) (Germany), Leipzig; Jagiellonian University of Cracow, Department of Historical Anthropology; Pavol Jozef Safárik University in Kosice, Department of History; Hungarian Academy of Science, Institute for Humanities, Research Center of History; Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca
31.01.2018-02.02.2018, Berlin, Botschaft der Slowakischen Republik in Berlin
Deadline: 15.07.2017
In den Jahren nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg (1918-1923) verdichteten sich im östlichen Europa politische, militärische, kulturelle, soziale und wirtschaftliche Entwicklungen in besonderem Maße. So war jene Zeit zum einen geprägt von den Bemühungen, eine internationale Friedensordnung zu schaffen und bisher unterdrückten Nationen zur Emanzipation zu verhelfen. Zum anderen bestimmten sie politischer Revisionismus und territoriale Ansprüche sowie ein Maß an politischer Gewalt, das vielerorts eine Fortsetzung des Krieges unter veränderten Bedingungen war. Die politisch Verantwortlichen suchten die jungen Nationalstaaten vor radikalen politischen Utopien zu bewahren und mussten sich den Herausforderungen einer sozialen und wirtschaftlichen Krise stellen, den Wiederaufbau vielfach verwüsteter Landstriche bewältigen und die soziale
Versorgung von Invaliden, Leidtragenden des Krieges gewährleisten. Angesichts dieser widerstrebenden Tendenzen bildeten sich unterschiedliche Erinnerungen an jenes Jahrfünft heraus, die bis heute eine transnationale Memorialkultur kaum möglich erscheinen lassen. Die Tagung berücksichtigt das Jahrfünft zwischen der russischen Revolution und der Endphase des Ersten Weltkriegs und dem Jahr 1923, das einerseits mit der Überwindung der Inflationszeit und der Etablierung des "neuen Europa" für eine gewisse Konsolidierung sorgte, andererseits mit dem gescheiterten Putschversuch Adolf Hitlers in Deutschland und der vorausgegangen faschistischen Machtübernahme in Italien den Blick auf die anhaltende Bedrohung der demokratischen Ordnung lenkt. Angestrebt wird ein ausgewogenes Verhältnis an Teilstudien und transnationalen Untersuchungen, um zum einen das wechselseitige Verständnis für partikulare Entwicklungen in einzelnen europäischen Staaten zu fördern, aber dabei auch übergreifenden Phänomenen gerecht zu
Gewünscht sind Vorträge zu folgenden Themenblöcken:
- Das Ende der Imperien und die Entstehung einer neuen Staatenordnung
Inwieweit veränderten der Erste Weltkrieg und die Pariser Friedenskonferenzen die politische Landschaft Zentraleuropas? Welche Chancen und Handlungsspielräume eröffneten beispielsweise die Implementierung internationaler Organe wie die interalliierten Kommissionen, der Völkerbund und der Internationale Gerichtshof in Den Haag?
- Neubeginn und politische Emanzipation
Auf welche Ideen gründeten sich die neuen bzw. die in ihrem Bestand erneuerten Staaten Zentraleuropas? Welche Rolle spielten Ideen wie Sozialismus oder Pazifismus einerseits und der Faschismus andererseits? Welche Auswirkungen hatten die Durchsetzung des Frauenwahlrechts in vielen Staaten und die Errichtung der International Labour Organization (ILO)? Auf welchen Werten und Überzeugungen beruhte die internationale Reputation von Vertretern bisher als "Underdogs" behandelter Nationen wie Tomás G. Masaryk, Edvard Benes, Józef Pilsudski, Eleftherios Venizelos, Nicolae Titulescu oder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk?
- Soziale und ökonomische Krise
Wie reagierten die traditionellen (Vorkriegs)Eliten in Politik und Wirtschaft auf die neu entstandenen sozialen Demokratien? Welche sozialen und mentalen Folgen hatten Erfahrungen von Gewalt, Mangelwirtschaft und anhaltender Instabilität? Welche soziale und politische Bedeutung hatte die gefühlte bzw. tatsächliche Belastung der durch die Siegermächte auferlegten Reparationen für das Deutsche Reich, Österreich, Ungarn und Bulgarien?
- Revolutionen, Gegenrevolutionen, Revisionismus und territoriale Ansprüche
Welche Erwartungen und Befürchtungen nährte die Oktoberrevolution in Russland? Mit welchen politischen, militärischen und wissenschaftlichen Argumenten versuchten manche Staaten, ihre territorialen Ansprüche gegen die Gebiete anderer Staaten zu legitimieren?
- Erinnerungen an den "Großen Krieg"
Welche Formen der Erinnerung an den Weltkrieg wurden in den Jahren 1918-1923 in den einzelnen nationalen Gesellschaften entwickelt? Welche Rolle spielten Kriegsgräber, Denkmäler, Interessensvertretungen (Kriegervereine, Veteranen- und Invalidenvereinigungen) sowie künstlerische und intellektuelle Verarbeitungen des Krieges in der bildenden Kunst, der Literatur und der Geschichtswissenschaft? Welche Bedeutung hatten in der Erinnerungskultur der einzelnen Staaten die Berücksichtigung von Minderheitenrechten und der "ethnische Aspekt" der neuen Ordnung?
Die Tagung findet vom 31. Januar bis 2. Februar 2018 in Berlin statt.
Die Tagungsbeiträge (in englischer oder deutscher Sprache) in einer Länge von 20.000 Zeichen sind vor der Tagung einzureichen. Eine Publikation der Beiträge in Begleitung zu einer thematisch einschlägigen Open Air-Ausstellung ist geplant. Diese Ausstellung wird vom Europäischen Netzwerk Erinnerung und Solidarität vorbereitet.
Die  Papers zur  Tagungsteilnahme  sind mit 400  Wörtern  und  einem  kurzem  CV  in deutscher oder englischer Sprache bis 22. Juli 2017 einzureichen.
Mail-Adressen: bartosz.dziewanowski@enrs.eu oder burkhard.olschowsky@bkge.uni-oldenburg.de

CFP: 1917 - Revolution in War, Society in Revolution. 4th conference from the series Hobnailed Years in the Battlefields 1914-1918
(19.09.2017-21.09.2017, Prague, Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, Snemovní 1, Prague 1)
Deadline: 10.07.2017
The drawn-out conflict, which without making any difference among the belligerent parties gradually dominated all the participating states and their inhabitants, succeeded in the meantime in disrupting and re-structuring of the social structures and institutions. In 1917, the degree of war exhaustion not only reached the limits of bearability, but in many cases went well beyond them. In desperate effort to defeat the war, people in hinterland as well as soldiers in the front line stepped en masse outside of the conventions for the first time, into the unpredictable and unknown realm of the revolution. That is what happened in Russia, where on one hand the double revolt took the country out of
the world war, but at the cost of collaps and the following agony of a civil war. Not everywhere did the revolt against the war question the war itself and its goals; instead, it turned against the ways of its conduct, like in France, where the military mutinies almost destroyed the military readiness of her armies.
The revolutionary year 1917 brought the USA into the battle, and took Russia out of it. Italy nearly left the camp of the Entente in autumn, shattered by the debacle at Caporetto. The military-technical innovations hand in hand with new combat methods were supposed to cause turnaround in the front lines and the struggle for "hearts and minds" of the population of belligerent countries acquired new dimensions as well. This struggle hit the most vulnerable spot attacking the will, determination, loyalty.
The fourth conference in the cycle will again aspire to create a broad thematic spectre and multifarious composition of contributions in order to attempt a sketch of another year of war.
Composing the programme of the conference, we will prioritise contributions dedicated to the following subject matters:
- diplomacy
- coalition warfare
- peace initiatives
- strategy
- war aims
- conduct of war
- combat tactics
- military operations
- organization and replacement of troops
- prisoners of war
- war losses
- war crimes
- military health services
- internal politics
- life behind the lines
- civil associations and organizations
- public opinion
- resistance movements
- state administration and self-government
- economy
- social care
- propaganda
- art
- science and technology
This conference will also provide the opportunity to introduce research and documentation projects concerning the First World War (e.g. digitisation of sources and literature, creation of databases and other applications).
Please send all synopses of papers together with a short CV of the author to the following email address: konference@vhu.cz by 10 July 2017.
The Military History Institute Prague reserves the right to modify the programme of the conference depending on the number and structure of entered papers. The presented contributions will be published in a separate publication.
The languages used during the conference are Czech, English and German.

Call for Papers for the conference Image, History and Memory (Warsaw, 6–8 December 2017).
You may find the CfP at the following link: enrs.eu/docs/genealogies/Image_history_memory_CfP.pdf
The conference will be the 7th edition of our Genealogies of Memory in Central and Eastern Europe program.
The deadline for submissions is: 15 July 2017.


Mai 2017

Konferenz: Empire, Socialism and Jews: The Postwar Years
23.05.2017, VGA, Rechte Wienzeile 97, 1050 Wien sowie Wien Museum, Karlsplatz, 1010 Wien
24.05.2017, IFK Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften I Kunstuniversität Linz in Wien, Reichsratsstraße 17, 1010 Wien

Erster-Weltkrieg-Stammtisch in Graz
07.06.2017, ab 18.30 Uhr
Lokal Propeller, Zinsendorfgasse 17, 8010 Graz

Occupations in the Age of Total War: Micro Perspectives and Transnational Research
Canterbury, UK
Konferenz: National formations in the Great War: from an imperial mobilization policy to armies of independent nation states
Tallinn, Tartu, Estonian War Museum – General Laidoner Museum, Mõisa tee 1, 74001 Viimsi, Estonia
Konferenz: Für Kaiser und Vaterland. Jüdische und nichtjüdische Erfahrungen im Ersten Weltkrieg
Volkskundemuseum Wien, Laudongasse 15-19, 1080 Wien
Konferenz: The Peripheries of the European Revolutionary Process(es), 1917-1923
Florenz, European University Institute
Konferenz: From Victory to Defeat, from Defeat to Victory: The Austro-Italian Front from Caporetto to Vittorio Veneto

Stip: 1-year postdoctoral position "War and citizenship. Redrawing the boundaries of citizenship in the First World War and its aftermath" (Naples)
Università di Napoli Federico II, Napoli, 04.05.2017-05.06.2017
Deadline: 05.06.2017
One 1-year postdoctoral position is available within the PRIN 2015 research project War and citizenship. Redrawing the boundaries of citizenship in the First World War and its aftermath.
Head of Research: Prof. Daniela Luigia Caglioti
Host Institution: Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II - Dipartimento di Scienze Sociali (Italy)
Approx. starting date: September 2017
Research Project
"War and citizenship. Redrawing the boundaries of citizenship in the First World War and its aftermath" is a 3-year project funded by Italian Ministry of Education and Research (2017-2020). The project is led and coordinated by Prof. Daniela Luigia Caglioti and is hosted by the Department of Social Sciences at University of Napoli Federico II (Italy).
The project focuses on the process of definition and re-definition of state, peoples and citizenship in two periods of crisis and transition that were also moments of construction of a new sense of belonging and of exclusion: The First World War and its aftermath. As critical moments of the mobilization of parts of the population and of the exclusion of others through violence and forced nationalization (including economic nationalization), the war and the revolutions it generated contributed to the re-definition of the criteria and concepts of citizenship and belonging. After the war, the collapse of empires and the creation of new successor states also brought about processes of re-definition of inclusion and exclusion, which impacted upon both Europe and her colonial possessions, as well as upon international law.
Applicants are required to develop a research proposal focusing on the transition from state of emergency to ordinary life and in particular on the restoration of rights and legal processes; on the mixing and un-mixing of peoples caused by the redrawing of the borders, and by the different options introduced by the peace treaties, in particular in the successor states; on the writing of new nationality laws in the sovereign states strengthened or created by the war; on the emergence of statelessness as a crucial issue of the post-war order; on the way in which changes in nationality laws and citizenship notions affected gender relationships and the urge to redefine women' citizenship. The research proposal shall focus on one or more successor states.
Post-doc profile
The ideal candidate must possess a Ph.D., preferably in History, defended by the deadline of the call, an excellent command of English and of at least another Eastern, Central or Southern-Eastern European language.
Requirements and conditions of the appointment
Applicants must present a research proposal in the field of the "War and citizenship" project (max 10,000 signs), a cv (max three pages), three of publications chosen from those that are most representative of their profile, a copy of their Ph.D. thesis, two letters of reference.
Salary: 25,556.85 (gross)
Application deadline: 5 June 2017
The detailed notice and application forms are to be found at the following URL:
http://www.unina.it/documents/11958/14215274/SSOC_01-2017_05.pdf (Italian version)
http://www.unina.it/documents/11958/14215274/SSOC_01-2017_05_EN.pdf (English version)
For further information, please send an e-mail to: danielaluigia.caglioti@unina.it
CfA: 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War
Journal: 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, Berlin
"1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War" is an English-language online reference work on World War I dedicated to publishing high quality peer-reviewed content. Each article in the encyclopedia is a self-contained publication and its author receives full recognition. All articles receive a distinct URL address as well as a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and are fully citable as scholarly publications.
"1914-1918-online" is an open access publication, which means that all articles are freely available online, ensuring maximum worldwide dissemination of content.
The editors invite academics to contribute articles on a select number of topics not yet covered by our invitation-only editorial process. Authors who are interested in submitting a paper on any of the subjects listed should submit a short CV with a publication list, as well as an abstract (max. 250 words) or a full-length paper.

Jänner 2017

Erster-Weltkrieg-Stammtisch in Graz
17.01.2017, ab 18.30 Uhr
Lokal Propeller, Zinsendorfgasse 17, 8010 Graz
Konferenz: Große Erwartungen – 1919 und die Neuordnung der Welt
Konferenz: The United States and World War One – Perspectives and Legacies


Konferenz: Der Erste Weltkrieg globalgeschichtlich betrachtet – Perspektiven für den Geschichtsunterricht
Konferenz: Weltkrieg. Spaltung. Revolution - Sozialdemokratie 1916-1922


Job: PhD Research Assistant Position
Organisation: Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Deadline: 15.01.2017 

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is recruiting a PHD RESEARCH ASSISTANT for the project 'The Myth of Homogeneity: Minority Protection and Assimilation in Western Europe, 1919-1939'. Period of contract is: 1 September 2017-31 August 2020 (Activity Rate: 100 %).

Description of the project: The 'Myth of Homogeneity: Minority Protection and Assimilation in Western Europe, 1919- 1939'  is a research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and managed by Professor Davide Rodogno and post-doctoral researcher Emmanuel Dalle Mulle that will be pursued at the Graduate Institute between September 2017 and August 2020. Its main objective is to acquire an in-depth picture of the history of the relationships between national minorities and majorities in Western Europe during the interwar years through the analysis of patterns of minority protection and/or assimilation in three case-study countries: Belgium, Italy and Spain. The project will be based on a multi-layered and multi-archival inquiry. The selected applicant will work in a small and dynamic team, under the direct supervision of the project coordinator.



- Carry out substantive research on at least one of the case studies foreseen in the project, including visits to relevant archives;

- Write a dissertation in International History at the Graduate Institute on a subject to be formulated by the applicant in accordance with Professor Davide Rodogno (ideally on a subject compatible with that explored by the project);

- Present intermediary and final results at international scientific conferences;

- Contribute to the further conceptualisation and operationalisation of the project, as well as to the identification of areas of possible improvement;

- Help to organise public events relating to the project;

- Provide general administrative and communication support, including possible web and/or social media initiatives;

- Publish at least one paper in an international peer-reviewed journal during the duration of the project (ideal, not a requirement).


The candidate's profile includes the following elements

- MA in history, sociology or political sciences, familiarity with nationalism studies and minority issues a plus;

- Fluent written and spoken English; intermediate (or higher) proficiency in German; any of the following (French, Spanish, Dutch, Slovenian, Italian) a plus;

- Excellent analytical, research and communication skills;

- Ability to work in team as well as independently;

- Good organisational skills and flexibility, notably ability to manage sudden peaks of workload and multiple tasks, as well as to plan ahead and meet deadlines;

- Familiarity with content management systems and social media a plus.


Interested candidates should submit their application consisting of a motivation letter, CV and 3-page research proposal detailing the subject of their prospective PhD in English.

We look forward to receiving your online application: https://erecruit.graduateinstitute.ch/recrutement/?page=advertisement_display&id=113. Please be aware that, in order to be selected, the candidate must be regularly registered as a PhD student in International History at the Graduate Institute by September 2017. You can find more information about the admission process at: http://graduateinstitute.ch/application




CfP: One Hundred Years That Shook the World: Failures, Legacies, and Futures of the Russian Revolution

Organizers: Department of Philosophy, University St. Gallen (Prof. Dr. Dieter Thomä, Dr. des. Thomas Telios); Department of Russian Culture and Society, University of St. Gallen (Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schmid); Literaturhaus Zürich; Palace, St. Gallen

05.10.2017-07.10.2017, St. Gallen, University St. Gallen

Deadline: 15.02.2017


Centennials have always served as occasions for retrospection and reconsideration. They urge us to explain the making of an event; to revisit its impact; to gauge its legacy; to debate and/or question its continuing relevance; to imagine the possibility of restaging or redeployment, etc.

The conference One Hundred Years That Shook the World: Failures, Legacies, and Futures of the Russian Revolution aims to look back at the Russian Revolution, to turn to its siblings and stepchildren, and to discuss the idea of a "revolution" in general. Accordingly, the conference serves as a stage for three related discourses: (a) the Russian Revolution; (b) comparative perspectives; (c) conceptual challenges.

The following keynote speakers have confirmed their participation: Geoffroy de Lagasnerie (Paris), Christoph Menke (Frankfurt/Main), Jean-Luc Nancy (Strasbourg), Donatella Della Porta (Florence), Sylvia Sasse (Zurich) and Karl Schlögel (Berlin). Another 36 scholars from all levels and across disciplines (preferably philosophy, Slavic studies, political science, and history) will be selected based on their applications. Our aim is to consider in a collective attempt the significance of the Russian Revolution and to further our critical understanding of the concept and practice of revolution today.

For more details concerning the Call for Papers, the Keynote Speakers, the formalities of an abstract, as well as for a still preliminary version of the program, you can visit: http://www.unisg.ch/revolution2017

For any further question, do not hesitate to contact Thomas Telios under: revolution2017@unisg.ch




CfP: Die Russische Revolution und ihre Wahrnehmung in Bayern, Deutschland und der Welt

Organizers: Prof. Dr. Frank Jacob, CUNY in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Kurt-Eisner-Verein für politische Bildung / Die RLS in Bayern

10.07.2017-11.07.2017, Würzburg, Hotel Strauss

Deadline: 28.02.2017


Die Russischen Revolutionen von 1917 gelten gleichzeitig als Zäsur und Determinanten der Geschichte des sogenannten kurzen 20. Jahrhunderts. Verbunden mit den Umwälzungen in Russland waren Hoffnungen und Utopien sowie Ängste vor einer Verbreitung der kommunistischen Weltrevolution gleichermaßen. Die Rezeption dieses Jahrhundertereignisses soll im Mittelpunkt einer zweitägigen Tagung in Würzburg stehen. Es geht dabei in erster Linie nicht um die Geschichte der Russischen Revolutionen per se, sondern vielmehr darum zu ergründen, wie die russischen Ereignisse in Bayern, Deutschland, aber auch der Welt wahrgenommen wurden. Darüber hinaus soll geklärt werden, wie sich diese Wahrnehmung im Zuge des revolutionären Prozesses und des anschließenden Bürgerkrieges gewandelt hat.

Beitragsvorschläge werden deshalb zu folgenden Themenbereichen erbeten:

- Die Russischen Revolutionen und deren Wahrnehmung außerhalb Russlands

- Zeitgenössische linke und nicht-linke Interpretationen der Ereignisse

- Die Angst vor und die Hoffnung auf die Weltrevolution

- Kritik der Revolutionen

- Die Russischen Revolutionen als politische Inspiration

- Der Revolutionsdiskurs im Spiegel der russischen Ereignisse

- Die Russischen Revolutionen im politischen und historischen Diskurs

- Die Russischen Revolutionen und transnationale Netzwerke

Beitragsvorschläge (max. 300 Wörter) sowie ein kurzer Lebenslauf werden bis zum 28. Februar 2017 an FJacob@qcc.cuny.edu erbeten. Die Übernachtung in Würzburg wird für die Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer der Tagung übernommen. Falls Sie weitere Informationen über die Veranstaltung sowie den konkreten Ablauf benötigen, zögern Sie bitte nicht, Prof. Dr. Frank Jacob zu kontaktieren.




CfP: The Peripheries of the European Revolutionary Process(es) 1917-1923

Organizers: European University Institute, Department of History and Civilization; Jan Rybak, Arturo Zoffmann Rodríguez

05.10.2017-07.10.2017, Florence, European University Institute, Department of History and Civilization

Deadline: 31.03.2017


The fall of the Russian Tsar and the rise to power of the Bolsheviks sent shock waves across Europe and beyond, initiating a period of momentous revolutionary transformations. Indeed, the protagonists of 1917 did not envisage their endeavour as an exclusively Russian phenomenon, but as the first act of the world revolution. As Lenin reflected in 1921, 'we have made the start. When, at what date and time, and the proletarians of which nation will complete this process is not important. The important thing is that the ice has been broken'. The revolution emboldened the war-weary propertyless classes and terrified the rich and powerful, sharpening social conflict and accelerating the downfall of age-old empires. In the years 1917-19 it generated levels of continental revolutionary effervescence not seen since 1848. It also led to momentous shifts and realignments in the international labour movement. Not only did the Russian Revolution help wreck the Hohenzollern and the Habsburg dynasties, it also threw down the gauntlet to the dynasties of the Kautskys and the Bauers. The Communist International, founded in Moscow in 1919, presented itself as the new party of world revolution, aiming to supplant the old and discredited Social Democratic International. The international labour movement was shaken by intense polemics, and, in the heat of the events in Russia, underwent debilitating splits from which the new communist organisations emerged.

However, the years 1917 to 1923 were not merely a phase of socialist-proletarian activism, and the power of the Bolshevik spell went beyond revolutionary Marxists, captivating a very mixed bag subversives, radicals, and iconoclasts. The turbulences unleashed by the October Revolution created spaces for numerous political and social movements which at times aligned themselves with the Russian Revolution, at times vehemently opposed it: anarchists, radical bourgeois intellectuals, nationalists, often became temporary fellow travellers for the Bolsheviks. The Russian Revolution became a beacon flare for revolutionaries and radicals of very different persuasions, challenging traditional political-ideological affiliations, strategies, and identities. The first congresses of the Third International were, as English syndicalist John Murphy put it, a cacophony 'socialists, anarchists, syndicalists, trade unionists, revolutionary nationalists of almost every race and clime'. The tremors of October went well beyond the borders of the former Russian empire, into Central and Eastern Europe and beyond, and were felt in the remote anarchist villages of Andalusia, the Greek armies fighting in Anatolia, the Jewish districts of Warsaw, the ateliers of Dadaist painters in Berlin, among striking women workers in Paris, and in the street battles of Dublin. The conference aims to bring together many of these often-neglected geographic and ideological peripheries of the revolutionary process. Rather than focus on the familiar stories of the German, Austrian, or Hungarian revolutions and the debates and schisms within the major Social Democratic parties, we aim to discuss movements and actors that participated in the major transitional processes in Europe that followed the Russian Revolutions but that have traditionally fallen outside of the purview of the historiography. These include not only political organisations of the radical left, but a medley of fellow travellers: national and independence movements, bourgeois intellectuals and artists, feminist activists, religious militants, anti-colonial groups, and others who, even for a short period, associated themselves with the promise of radical change heralded by the Russian Revolution. We are especially interested in the question of what motivated these diverse groups of actors, what drew them to the idea of revolution, how they imagined the revolutionary process and the future society it promised, and how the images and sub-images invoked by the Russian Revolution conditioned these motivations. We find the kaleidoscopic permutation and adaptation of the Russian model and its conjugation with local and national circumstances and the emergence of various "Bolshevik myths" particularly pertinent. Local activists often perceived the Russian developments from their local perspectives, "translating" it in a peculiar ways. Secondly, we want to ask why many of these companionships remained only short-term, what led to the frictions, schisms, and ruptures with the official communist movement, and how these conflicts were discussed and perceived on the various sides of the debate. Thirdly, we want to look at the bearing of the Russian example in daily practices of revolutionary activism and therefore especially encourage local or regional case studies, asking how local circumstances determined the particular forms of revolutionary activism, gazing beyond commonplace political-organisational narratives.

Our confirmed keynote speakers are Stephen Smith from Oxford University, a world-renowned scholar of the Russian Revolution and its international impact, author of several books on the Russian and Chinese revolutions, including an upcoming monograph written for Oxford University Press on the occasion of the centenary of 1917; and Robert Gerwarth, from University College Dublin, director at the Centre for War Studies, and author and editor of numerous widely acclaimed books on the post-war crisis in Central and Eastern Europe.

The conference will take place at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy), on October 5-7. Participants with no institutional support can apply for funding of their travel and accommodation expenses. Please send an abstract (circa 300 words) with a short biographical note to the organisers by March 31, 2017 to: EuropeanRevolution@EUI.eu.

Participants should receive confirmation of acceptance no later than May 1, 2017. Written papers (of circa 8,000 words) should be submitted by September 1, 2017, so they can be circulated to the participants in time. There be an opportunity to publish some of the papers in an edited volume or special issue. For more details, see: https://europeanrevolutionblog.wordpress.com/