[CAN] The Russian Revolution Symposium

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Symposium

Political, social, and cultural history of the 20th century was crucially influenced by the Russian Revolutions 1917. The symposium will feature presentations from a variety of disciplines: history, film, fine arts, religion, political science, literature, and culture. The questions that the symposium will explore include (but are not limited to) the following: What was the Russian Revolution? Was it a realization of a utopia? How are the events of 1917 interpreted in different contexts and by different voices in contemporary academic and public debates?… Read the rest

[CAN] Memory at the Intersection of Mass Violence and Socioeconomic Inequality

Call for Papers – Memory at the Intersection of Mass Violence and Socioeconomic Inequality

Saint Paul University, Ottawa
School of Conflict Studies
April 13-14, 2018


Workshop Convener: Dr. Anna Sheftel, Saint Paul University

Confirmed keynote speakers: Dr. Sean Field, University of Cape Town, Dr. Heather Howard, Michigan State University

Scholars who study testimony and collective memory have long been interested in how individuals, communities and societies remember and commemorate mass violence and atrocity. Memory of violence and atrocity raises questions of trauma and distress; political uses and abuses of violent pasts; the ethics and dynamics of representation and communication; and concerns about the hegemonization of dominant narratives and making space for the diverse ways in which people experience, understand and remember violence, among other issues.… Read the rest

[ROM] Revisiting the Nation: Transcultural Contact Zones in Eastern Europe

Call for Papers
Revisiting the Nation: Transcultural Contact Zones in Eastern Europe

The Winter Academy “Revisiting the Nation: Transcultural Contact Zones in Eastern Europe” will be held from 26 February to 7 March 2018 in Bukarest. It will be concerned with the conditions and implications of nation building in Eastern Europe.
Closing date: 30 August 2017


Ever since Mark von Hagen asked “Does Ukraine Have a History?” in 1995, there has been much debate about what constitutes Ukraine as a nation.… Read the rest

[New Book] The Cultural Life of Capitalism in Yugoslavia

The Cultural Life of Capitalism in Yugoslavia: (Post)Socialism and Its Other

Editors: Jelaca, Dijana, Kolanović, Maša, Lugarić, Danijela (Eds.)

  • Examines the complex and transformative nature of cultural forms that perpetually challenge the capitalism vs. socialism binary in provocative ways that extend beyond the case of Yugoslavia;
  • Brings together leading scholars and emerging stars in the field across disciplines to offer a truly multidisciplinary approach to the experience and legacy of post-socialist issues and culture via a unified theoretical framework
  • Provides insight to the intricacies of Yugoslavia’s arguably unorthodox form of socialism

Link to the publisher

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[CHE] War and Displacement in the Ottoman Empire, 1890s-1923

ustus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, LABEX EHNE, Universität Basel, Universität Zürich, Université de Genève, Université de Lausanne, Boğaziçi University Istanbul

25-26.10.2018, Lausanne

The 1923 Treaty of Lausanne not only epitomizes the formal peace settlement between Turkey and the Entente, but also the actual disintegration of the Ottoman Empire and thus the transition from empire into diverse nation-states. The Ottoman demise was, however, a complex and sometimes contingency process, in which both states and non-state actors (local armed groups, transnational advocacy networks, refugees) played a fundamental and, not less importantly, intermingled role.… Read the rest

[POL] Conference ‘Image, History, Memory’

International conference on
Warsaw, 6–8 December 2017

A project of ‘Genealogies of Memory in Central and Eastern Europe’

The goal of this conference is to promote an interdisciplinary discussion of the relationships between image, history and memory. We welcome paper proposals from the fields of art history, history, sociology, cultural studies, political science and others. The papers should address images in their various roles: as witnesses to history, as means of materializing memories, as active creators of history or as producers of the contents of memory.… Read the rest

[UK] Cold-War Home Fronts: Comparative Approaches

“Cold-War Home Fronts: Comparative Approaches”, University of Sheffield, 26-27 January 2018

January 26, 2018 – January 27, 2018


Call for Papers


For four decades after the end of the Second World War, competition between the socialist and capitalist blocs shaped international relations on a global scale. For the main protagonists, the USA, USSR, and their near neighbours in Europe, it was a deferred conflict, but also, paradoxically, a ‘total war’ for which citizens must be ever-vigilant. The aim of this conference is to consider the ‘home fronts’ in those countries deeply implicated in the Cold War but removed from the fighting.… Read the rest

Diverse Perspectives on Jewish Life in Southeast Europe: the Holocaust and Beyond

Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, Volume 17, Issue 2, June 2017 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.

Diverse Perspectives on Jewish Life in Southeast Europe: the Holocaust and Beyond

This new issue contains the following articles:


Introduction – diverse perspectives on Jewish life in Southeast Europe: the Holocaust and beyond
Kateřina Králová
Pages: 155-163 | DOI: 10.1080/14683857.2017.1324264


Defining inter-communality between documents, tradition and collective memory: Jewish and non-Jewish capital and labor in early twentieth century Rhodes
Andreas Guidi
Pages: 165-180 | DOI: 10.1080/14683857.2017.1324266

Antisemitism as political theology in Greece and its impact on Greek Jewry, 1967-1979
Tobias Blümel
Pages: 181-202 | DOI: 10.1080/14683857.2017.1324263

Voices from the ghetto of Thessaloniki: mother-son correspondence as a source of Jewish everyday life under persecution
Leon Saltiel
Pages: 203-222 | DOI: 10.1080/14683857.2017.1324278

From salvation to Alya: the Bulgarian Jews and Bulgarian-Israeli relations (1948-1990)
Rumyana Marinova-Christidi
Pages: 223-244 | DOI: 10.1080/14683857.2017.1324261

Rebuilding the community: the Federation of Jewish Communities and American Jewish humanitarian aid in Yugoslavia, 1944-1952
Emil Kerenji
Pages: 245-262 | DOI: 10.1080/14683857.2017.1324276

‘Being traitors’: post-war Greece in the experience of Jewish partisans
Kateřina Králová
Pages: 263-280 | DOI: 10.1080/14683857.2017.1324277

Memorialization of the Holocaust in Transylvania during the early post-war period
Zoltán Tibori-Szabó
Pages: 281-299 | DOI: 10.1080/14683857.2017.1324262… Read the rest

[New Book] Feminist Activism at War: Belgrade and Zagreb Feminists in the 1990s

Feminist Activism at War: Belgrade and Zagreb Feminists in the 1990s
A. Miskovska Kajevska

Routledge, 2017

About the Book
This book describes, compares, explains, and contextualises the positionings, i.e. discourses and activities, which feminists in Belgrade, Serbia and Zagreb, Croatia produced in relation to the (post-)Yugoslav wars of the 1990s. Two types of positionings are analysed: those which the feminists have produced on the (sexual) war violence and those which they have produced on each other.

Applying a Bourdieuian framework and using interviews with key feminist and peace activists in the region alongside a thorough examination of organisational documents and printed media articles, Ana Miskovska Kajevska challenges the common suggestion that the outbreak of the war violence in 1991 led to the same reorganisation of the Belgrade and Zagreb feminist fields.… Read the rest

[SER] Dialoguing ‘between the posts’: Post-socialist and post-/decolonial perspectives on domination, hierarchy and resistance in South-Eastern Europe

Call for Participants:

Dialoguing ‘between the posts’: Post-socialist and post-/decolonial perspectives on domination, hierarchy and resistance in South-Eastern Europe

Event date: 22-23 September 2017

Location: Centre for Comparative Conflict Studies at the Faculty of Media and Communications, Belgrade, Serbia

Post-socialist and post-/decolonial theory designate distinct forms of critical inquiry into the prolonged effects of systemic domination. Yet while their concerns arguably intersect, a full-on dialogue “between the posts” is yet to take place. Much of the post-socialist critique from the left continues to zone in on the labour-capital conflict in the metropolitan centres, relegating other struggles and axes of domination (around race, ethnicity, religion, or gender) to a secondary or derivative status.… Read the rest

[New Book] Europe’s Balkan Muslims. A New History

Nathalie Clayer and Xavier Bougarel, Europe’s Balkan Muslims. A New History (translated by Andrew Kirby), London, Hurst, 2017.


There are roughly eight million Muslims in south-east Europe, among them Albanians, Bosniaks, Turks and Roma ‘ descendants of converts or settlers in the Ottoman period. This new history of the social, political and religious transformations that this population experienced in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries ‘ a period marked by the collapse of the Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian and Russian Empires and by the creation of the modern Balkan states ‘ will shed new light on the European Muslim experience.… Read the rest

[UK] Performing Feminity: Woman as Performer in Early Russian Cinema (Book launch)

Performing Feminity: Woman as Performer in Early Russian Cinema (Book launch)

Start: May 08, 2017 05:30 PM
End: May 08, 2017 07:30 PM

Location: Masaryk Senior Common Room, UCL SSEES

Rachel Morley (UCL SSEES)

Performing Feminity

The UCL SSEES Russian Cinema Research Group warmly invites you to a drinks reception to celebrate the publication of Dr Rachel Morley’s monograph, Performing Femininity: Woman as Performer in Early Russian Cinema (I.B.Tauris, 2017). Julian Graffy, Professor Emeritus of Russian Literature and Cinema, will introduce the book.

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[SLO] ‘Into the Unknown. Visions and Utopias in the Danube-Carpathian Region in 1917 and Beyond’, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 10–12 May 2017

International and Interdisciplinary Conference:

Into the Unknown. Visions and Utopias in the Danube-Carpathian Region in 1917 and Beyond

Ljubljana, 10–12 May 2017


Department of German with Dutch and Swedish, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana

Department of Translation, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana

Institute for German Culture and History of Southeastern Europe at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

10:30–11:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

Prof. Dr. Branka Kalenić Ramšak, Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana

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[GER] Workshop “Preparing for a Doctoral Project“

Call for Applications
Workshop “Preparing for a Doctoral Project“
June 12 – 14, 2017 in Munich, Germany

You want to pursue a doctoral project about Eastern and Southeastern Europe in history, cultural studies or social sciences, but you do not have a final dissertation proposal yet?

The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies (Munich and Regensburg, Germany) invites applications from graduates from non-German universities for the workshop “Preparing for a doctoral project”, which will take place in Munich from June 12-14, 2017.… Read the rest

[FRA] Populism in Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th Century

Populism in Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th Century

11-12 May 2017
EHESS – Room M. et D. Lombard – 96 boulevard Raspail – 75006 Paris, France

Since the 1990s, several political movements qualified as “populist” have emerged in Central and Eastern Europe, drawing the attention of political scientists. If we want to understand why these movements exercise such attraction and why they are so relentless in this space, it is necessary to cross the study of current politics with the analysis of long term developments.… Read the rest

[GER] International Workshop: The Holocaust in the Borderlands: Interethnic Relations and the Dynamics of Violence in Occupied Eastern Europe

February 7, 2018 to February 9, 2018

The Holocaust, though initiated by the Third Reich, was by nature a transnational phenomenon: the majority of its victims came from outside Nazi Germany, and its bloodiest sites of genocide lay beyond Germany’s borders. During World War II, Europe’s contested multiethnic borderlands in particular saw unprecedented upsurges in violence against Jews, Roma, and other persecuted minorities. From the Baltic States to Transnistria to the Serbian Banat, Axis occupational authorities worked in conjunction with local populations to persecute, dispossess, deport, and murder millions.… Read the rest

[CZE] Central Europe and Balkan Muslims: Relations and Representations

Call for Papers: Central Europe and Balkan Muslims: Relations and Representations

Prague, October 2-3, 2017
Location: Villa Lanna, V Sadech 1, Prague 6.

Organizer: Institute of History – Czech Academy of Sciences, in cooperation with the Institute of Ethnology – Czech Academy of Sciences.

Language: English

The inhabitants of Central Europe have a long and rich history of encounters and relations with the geographically closest Muslim populations – the Muslims of the Balkans (Bosniaks, Turks, Albanians and others). The early modern era was marked by the Habsburg-Ottoman wars as well as coexistence in the border areas of the two empires.… Read the rest

[UK] Clientelism, Patronage, Accommodation: Austro-Hungarian, French, and Romanian Business Elites in post-WWI Greater Romania

Mar 07, 2017 06:00 PM
Location: Room 432, UCL SSEES

Máté Rigó (European University Institute)

It is often claimed that the Romanian economy in the aftermath of the First World War was characterized and sustained by a general climate of ethnic nationalism.

The rhetoric of economic protectionism that swept Southeastern and East-Central Europe after 1918 would seem to buttress such an interpretation, yet actual business practices suggest that the picture was not so straightforward. While a Romanian economist lamented in the early 1920s: “Industry and commerce remain the last bastions which the bayonet of the Romanian peasant has been unable to conquer,” it is clear that there were many instances of cooperation and accommodation among Romanian political elites and minority economic elites.… Read the rest

[UK] The Other Globalisers: How the Socialist and the Non-Aligned World Shaped the Rise of Post-War Economic Globalisation

Call for Papers: The Other Globalisers: How the Socialist and the Non-Aligned World Shaped the Rise of Post-War Economic Globalisation

University of Exeter, 6-7 July 2017

In the wake of the Second World War, the world economy began to ‘reglobalise’ – following the disintegrative processes of the interwar period. This story has most often been told as the final triumph of a neoliberal international order led by the West. Recent research, however, suggests that the creation of our modern interconnected world was not driven solely by the forces of Western capitalism, nor was it the only model of global economic interdependence that arose in the second half of the twentieth century.… Read the rest

[UK] Rethinking Modern Europe

Rethinking Modern Europe

Sponsored by Lord Tugendhat

Venue: Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR, North block, Senate House unless otherwise stated

Time: Wednesdays 17:30

Convenors: Dr. Dejan Djokic (Goldsmiths); Dr. Celia Donert (Liverpool); Dr. Alex Drace-Francis (Amsterdam); Dr. Simon Jackson (Birmingham); Philippa Hetherington (UCL); Astrid Swenson (Brunel); Professor Lucy Riall (EUI Florence); Professor Jan Rüger (Birkbeck); Dr. Christian Goeschel (Manchester)

Spring Term 2017
Date Seminar details
22 February
Rethinking the Origins and Meaning of the Genocide Concept
Dirk Moses (University of Sydney), Dejan Djokić (Goldsmiths University of London)
IHR Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR
8 March
How to write the History of Europe in an age of Global History
Richard Evans (University of Cambridge), Jan Rüger (Birkbeck University of London)
The Court Room, First Floor
22 March
The Austro-Hungarian Empire in the Legal History of Decolonization
Natasha Wheatley (University of Sydney), Philippa Hetherington (University College London)
IHR Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR
Summer Term 2017
Date Seminar details
3 May
Writing International Jewish History
Jaclyn Granick (University of Oxford), Abigail Green (University of Oxford), Nathan Kurz (Birkbeck, University of London / Pears Institute)
IHR Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR
15 May
Roundtable on French Elections
Sonia Delesalle-Stolper (UK correspondent for Liberation), Sue Collard (University of Sussex), Sudhir Hazareesingh (University of Oxford), Imen Neffati (University of Sheffield), Simon Jackson (University of Birmingham), Daniel Lee (University of Sheffield)
IHR Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR
7 June
The Habsburg Empire.
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