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  • Berlin

    Conference, symposium - Ethnology, anthropology

    Emotional attachment to machines

    New ways of relationship-building in Japan

    Currently, technologies that foster emotional connections between humans and digital beings are perceived as a threat by many. Because emotional devices are considered to be make-believe systems based on ‘simulation’ (which is often confused with lying, deceit or fraud), emotional technologies could potentially be suspected of affecting human sexual identity or disrupting social bonds. This Symposium will examine the ways in which humans form intimate relationships with ‘emotionally-intelligent entities’ (robots, digital characters, downloadable boyfriend…) and what purposes these relationships to machines serve for them. 

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  • Berlin

    Conference, symposium - Modern

    Prisons of Russia, Ukraine, France, Germany : Questioning Prison Violence

    Almost twenty years after the European Court of Human Rights affirmed the right to decent conditions of detention, has this aspiration for a violence-free sentence succeeded in counteracting operation modes usually described as inherent to prison? Has the European project for common minimum standards succeeded in overcoming national penological conceptions and professional cultures, in other words overcoming the historical inertia of prison? What resistance/adaptation strategies have deployed prison administrations in response to these reform injunctions? In view of these experiences, what are the ways out of prison violence? Can civil society actors force these transformations? In particular, can lawyers help maintaining vigilance? The Seminar is held as part of the European Lawyers' Day and will bring together former detainees, researchers, civil society leaders and lawyers to discuss the issue of prison violence as is manifest in Western (Germany, France) and Eastern former soviet (Russia, Ukraine) European prison systems.

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  • Leipzig

    Call for papers - Asia

    Locating negative affects in post-reform China

    This panel takes the prevalence of positivity in post-reform China as an invitation to investigate its opposites: the variety of negative ordinary affects that can be viewed as ensuing from state-induced “situations of restricted agency”. What can we learn from the various forms of negativity that morph out of the socio-political circumstances of post-reform China, and how to tread a fine line between the risk of romanticization and analytical dismissal? Under what conditions do the expression and performance of negative affects constitute “a manifestation of autonomy from state directives” in the context of pervasive “happiness” campaigns? Or is their work ambivalent, if not problematic, especially when they come to be associated with specific marginalized groups?

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  • Berlin

    Scholarship, prize and job offer - Political studies

    Grant programme for young researchers in Berlin

    The grants of the Study Foundation of the Berlin House of Representatives

    The grants of the Study Foundation of the Berlin House of Representatives shall be awarded to young university graduates and students with at least a Bachelor’s degree (or an equivalent) in all fields, in particular the humanities and social sciences, whose research or study projects deal with Berlin or require access to Berlin research facilities. The funds shall be used to advance academic education at all state and state-recognized universities and academic research institutions in Berlin.

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  • Berlin

    Call for papers - History

    2020 world conference of public history

    Since 2011, International Federation for Public History (IFP)H has been dedicated to building an international and multi-lingual community of public historians working both outside and inside academia. The main role of the Federation is to foster the development of Public History worldwide, creating and coordinating networks and national associations for public history, promoting teaching, research, theoretical inquiry, and other activities that engage the public with the past, history and individual and collective memories. Berlin, which has been called the “Rome of contemporary history,” is an ideal location for a major meeting of public historians from across the globe. Like few other places in the world it offers many different layers of history, that not only still matter and are controversial locally or regionally, but nationally and even internationally.

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  • Hamburg

    Scholarship, prize and job offer - History

    “What is original in an original royal charter?” – Research Associate

    Cluster of Excellence “Understanding Written Artefacts”

    Cluster of Excellence “Understanding Written Artefacts: Material, Interaction and Transmission in Manuscript Cultures” invites applications for a Research Associate for the Project “What is original in an original royal charter? Re-evaluation and a new approach to writing and validation of western early medieval diplomas”.

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  • Münster

    Call for papers - Europe

    Innovation and medieval communities in north west Europe (1200-1500)

    En quoi l’innovation participe-t-elle de la redéfinition des groupes sociaux entre le XIIIe et le XVIe siècle ? Inscrit dans un vaste programme de recherche, dédié à l’étude de l’innovation en contexte à la fin du Moyen Âge, l’objectif de ce premier colloque, dont le but est d’amorcer une collaboration suivie autour de ce thème de recherche, sera donc triple : Observer l’accueil de l’innovation en fonction des communautés étudiées ; repérer des stratégies de diffusion ou de refus, toujours en fonction des différentes communautés retenues ; comprendre le complexe régime de novation et de transformation dans ces sociétés pré-modernes qui, d’un côté réprouvent « la novelleté », et de l’autre répondent à des impératifs de changement.

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  • Munich

    Miscellaneous information - History

    "A glimpse of German research in medieval history" study trip

    Munich for medievalists 2019

    L’Institut historique allemand (IHA) offre aux étudiantes et étudiants, doctorantes et doctorants français et allemands, en 2019, une excursion à Munich dont le thème sera : aperçu de la recherche allemande en histoire médiévale. L’excursion aura lieu du 25 au 29 août 2019 à Munich. Le voyage d’études offre, à des étudiantes et étudiants, doctorantes et doctorants allemands et français en histoire du Moyen Âge disposant des connaissances de base de l’autre langue, l’occasion de se familiariser avec la pratique de la recherche et du paysage scientifique en Allemagne.

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  • Berlin

    Call for papers - Sociology

    Solidarity at Work

    The term “solidarity” seems to have fallen out of theoretical fashion despite the fact that it has a long history of describing the shared struggles of those oppressed by economic or political power structures. This conference aims to explore the past, present and future of “solidarity at work” on both the conceptual and empirical level. Its focus is on the world of work, which it wants to investigate from a transnational perspective. How have the concepts, conceptions and categories of solidarity shaped labor and the labor movements of different countries? What about the divergent conceptual meanings and practices in these assorted contexts? How have power relations as well as people’s everyday life been changed by the various practices related to solidarity? How do technological and managerial changes help to shift ideas and practices of solidarity? Do we see new forms emerging? Who are the agents of “solidarity at work” and what are the concrete mechanisms involved? More broadly, what are the levers and brakes of solidarity in the workplace today?

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  • Berlin

    Scholarship, prize and job offer - History

    Working on Digital Scholarly Editions and Research Software Development in Berlin

    Full-time position (Digital Humanities) at Centro Humboldt – Center for Digital Cultural Heritage Research

    For the launch of an international digitization and digital edition project, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of sciences and humanities (BBAW) invites applications for the position of a Research Assistant (male/female/divers) in the field of Digital Humanities (Digital Scholarly Editions and Research Software Development).The position is based in Berlin, Germany, but includes regular work assignments and team meetings in Havana. The focus of the project is on cultural and scientific historical sources of the 18th and 19th centuries in the context of Alexander von Humboldt's American journey.

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  • Konstanz

    Summer School - Modern

    Urban change and memory: New perspectives on Europe and beyond

    Cities are crucial spaces for the negotiation of a contested past. This summer seminar explores the making of memory in European cities. It aims to: discuss perspectives and methods of memory studies and urban studies; examine some of the main threads of urban change in Europe and beyond, delve into the heart of memorial controversies by focusing on dynamics in specific urban situations; highlight practices of invited curators, artists, and other professionals. Lectures and discussions will be conducted in English.

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  • Trier

    Call for papers - Middle Ages

    Diffusion of zoological knowledge in late Antiquity and The Byzantine period

    The 2019 conference in Trier will focus on this process of diffusion and transformation of zoological data in Late Antiquity and the Byzantine Period by selected case studies. We welcome studies on single authors or texts in Greek, Latin and Arabic, studies on visual images and monuments, or – in a wider perspective – on literary genres, different media in the visual arts or specific cultural contexts in view of their influence on literature and art. 

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  • Berlin Mitte

    Scholarship, prize and job offer - America

    Full-time Research Assistant (digital scholarly editions, project coordinator) at the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

    For the launch of an international digitization and digital edition project, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) invites applications for the position of a Research Assistant (male/female/divers) in the field of Digital Scholarly Editions and Project Coordination. 100% full-time position for an initial duration of 36 months. The position should ideally begin as soon as possible.

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  • Hamburg

    Study days - Law

    Freedom of expression and religion - A Franco-German comparison

    Comparaison franco-allemande

    L'examen comparé des situations allemande et française débutera par une analyse de l'utilisation que font les juges des droits fondamentaux. Trois thèmes seront ensuite examinés, en partant de situations pratiques, afin de mettre en exergue les difficultés juridiques qu'elles ont fait naître ainsi que les enjeux sociaux ou humains qu'elles soulèvent : l'aménagement du travail pour raison religieuse ; le port de signes religieux au travail ; critique et dénonciation. Ces thèmes seront présenté par un binôme franco-allemand et sera suivi d'échanges avec les participants.

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  • Berlin

    Call for papers - Law

    Laypersons in Law

    Social Science Perspectives on Legal Practices of Non-professionals

    The Centre Marc Bloch and the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg organize an international conference on legal practices of laypersons to be held in Berlin from 09 to 10 May 2019. We call for papers (English, German or French) contributing to a structured analysis on the role of non-professionals in law which has been little studied so far.

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  • Weimar

    Call for papers - Ethnology, anthropology

    Schalten und walten. Towards Operative Ontologies

    IKKM Biennial Conference 2019

    The conference will conclude the IKKM six-year research program on ‘Operative Ontologies’. A term seeming contradictory at first, it assumes that everything that exists is not simply present or given but has been called into being through media and their operations in the most general sense: The ruling (das Walten) of nature as well as the ruling of the social reside under the command of technology, which as increasingly digitized technology is based on switching operations (das Schalten) — e.g. the achievements of bioengineering or the computational models of planet Earth. When embodied operations establish ontological orders and the difference between the ontic and the ontological thus re-enters the ontic, this demands a radical remodeling of ontology. The IKKM Biennial Conference 2019 therefore investigates the given with regard to the procedures through which it has been made possible, produced, set up, brought into the world and called into being — “switched on” — in the first place.

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  • Berlin

    Conference, symposium - Thought

    The politics of non-identity

    En France comme en Allemagne, la réception de la pensée d’Adorno semble actuellement renouvelée. La notion de non-identité, dont les significations sont encore loin d’être épuisées, sont plus particulièrement au centre de l’intérêt pour la pensée du théoricien critique. Elle est de plus en plus invoquée à la faveur de la montée en puissance des « identitaires » en Europe et plus généralement de l’inflation sémantique du vocabulaire de l’identité au sein d’un spectre politique très large. À partir de ce constat d'ordre politique, le Junges Forum propose d’interroger les ressources de la notion de non-identité tout comme ses possibles mobilisations sur des terrains multiples et interdisciplinaires.

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  • Berlin

    Call for papers - Africa

    Rethinking the Technical and the Human in Global Connectivity

    We invite contributions for our Workshop “Rethinking the Technical and the Human in Global Connectivity”, happening at Humboldt University Berlin, 24-25 May 2019. The materiality of technologies and infrastructures is significant; however, we think their impact on and interaction with societies has to be analysed in a global dimension as well. We hope to establish this approach for the broader field of African History, reacting and bringing attention to a growing interest in these questions indicated in a number of recently developed research projects and publications.

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  • Frankfurt

    Scholarship, prize and job offer - History

    Governance of the Universal Church after the Council of Trent – Two PhD positions - Max Planck Research Group

    The Max Planck Research Group III investigates the emergence and development of the system of post-Tridentine global governance of the Catholic Church in depth from an interdisciplinary perspective over an extended period of time. It will do so by analysing the activity of the Congregations of the Council, the dicastery responsible for appropriately implementing the Council decisions in the entire Catholic world.  We are now looking to recruit as soon as possible (but no later than 1 April 2019) two doctoral students who will develop a doctoral thesis preferably focused on the history of the Congregation of the Council in the early modern period (XVI-XVIII century).

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  • Tübingen

    Conference, symposium - Middle Ages

    Geography and Religious Knowledge in the Medieval World (1150–1550)

    In the premodern world, geographical knowledge was heavily influenced by religious ideas and beliefs. The conference seeks to analyse, how the religious character of geographic knowledge in the period from ca. 1150 to 1550 lingered on in classical as well as new forms of (re)presenting geography.

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