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  • Paris

    Conference, symposium - Prehistory and Antiquity

    Emerging Figures of Political Power during the Iron Age II-III in Ancient Western Asia and Eastern Mediterranean: Connected Histories?

    Bringing together specialists of the Ancient Near Eastern and Ancient Greek worlds, this international congress will discuss the appearance during the Iron Age I-II of new figures of power and of power management, opposing or presenting political alternatives to the ideologies and socio-economic functioning of the dominant power systems, thus leading, at times, to significant political changes. The debate may highlight the transformative capacity of ancient political systems, going beyond the usual opposition between the extreme conservatism recognized in Near Eastern despotisms, centralized but also often imperialist, and, on the other hand, the evolutionary tendency attributed to the political systems of the Greek world.

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  • Call for papers - Europe

    Divided memories and political-cultural imaginaries in post–Cold War Europe

    "EUrope: cultures, memories, identities" Journal, no. 1 / 2025 (first issue)

    This journal is especially devoted to the study of the dynamics of memories and of cultural identity representations which have shaped the spaces of experience, the horizons of expectation, and the sociocultural imaginaries in “Europe’s Europes” in the 20th and 21st centuries. It provides a special outlet to the analysis grounded in cultural memory studies, and particularly in contemporary theories of “agonistic memory”, considered as a “third way”, that of the research of an equilibrium between the contraries embodied in the two competitive paradigms which have disputed their hegemony in the European area, particularly since the end of the Cold War: the cosmopolitan/ transnational one, and the national(ist)/ antagonistic one.

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  • Brno

    Call for papers - Representation

    A Byzantine Century

    Reassessing Neo-Byzantine Style from Paris to Algiers to Tiflis – and Beyond (ca. 1800 – 1920)

    In the wake of blossoming discussions on the reception history of the Middle Ages, this conference attempts to rethink the protean and eclectic term “Neo-Byzantine” from a broad perspective. We are particularly interested in the complex articulation between art historical theory, architectural and artistic practice, and the actual patronages and uses of the “Neo-Byzantine.” We invite scholars dealing with the issue from a broad chronological (1800–1920) and geographical frame, bridging Europe, North Africa, and West Asia. We especially welcome are case studies or broader reflections on the uses of “Neo-Byzantine” architecture in processes of identity and nation-building and within frameworks of orientalism and colonialism.

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  • Evora

    Call for papers - History

    Social Changes in the South: interdisciplinary approaches

    Looking at the global and plural South from crossed and interdisciplinary perspectives is the challenge that this congress poses to researchers. The South is understood as a social laboratory which brings together specificities which can be questioned from different points of view, crosses areas of knowledge and uses different methodologies, scales and/or geographies of analysis. Thus, looking to the South in diachrony and temporality, space and time, will allow us to question how human societies faced and face social challenges that had and still have an impact on societies today. Looking to the past in diachrony and temporality will allow us to question how human societies faced and face social challenges that had and have an impact in the present. Looking to the past allows us to understand contemporaneity, leading to constructing a society with knowledgeable and participatory citizens who are better prepared to face future social challenges.

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  • Naples

    Call for papers - Representation

    “Espèces d’espaces” : Space as a lens of resistance-existence analysis

    The Humanities have long given priority to the analysis of time, while space has always been considered as a container, the stage upon which the destiny of humanity unfolds. Nevertheless, the relationship between these coordinates of existence has been reconsidered in recent years, particularly in the Humanities and Social Sciences, where space becomes not only an object but also a lens and perspective of analysis, opening up exploration of this and other worlds.

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  • Paris

    Study days - Europe

    Art Activism and Ecoart Communities in Ireland

    Journée d’étude organisée par le centre de recherches en études irlandaises et nord-irlandaises ERIN (EA PRISMES, Sorbonne Nouvelle) et l’équipe EMMA (Université Paul Valéry- Montpellier 3), avec le soutien du GIS EIRE.

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  • Otterlo

    Conference, symposium - History

    Living apart together? The troubled and treasured relationship between nature and human beings in art 1800-1900

    European Society for Nineteenth century Art (ESNA) Conference 2024

    With the growing realisation that nature and the earth’s climate are at risk of being destroyed, this conference aims to centralise the interconnectedness between nature and human beings, by analysing the depiction of their relationship in Western-European art, including the effects of colonialism, during the long nineteenth century.

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  • Vienna

    Conference, symposium - Education

    Challenging the Reproduction of Inequality Through Higher Education

    Critical Approaches in Romani Studies and Beyond

    The event aims to facilitate critical discussion on programs promoting the educational access of persons belonging to historically marginalized and racialized groups, such as Roma. The conference, celebrating the 20th anniversary of launching CEU’s Roma Access Program, facilitates critical discussion on programs promoting the educational access of persons belonging to oppressed groups. The conference promotes the participation of Romani scholars and professionals including those who took part in such programs earlier and aims to facilitate a knowledge exchange amongst various scholars and professionals from educational and social sciences.

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  • Prague

    Seminar - Representation

    The Normalized, the Normalizers and Their Cinemas

    Czechoslovak and Soviet Films of the 1970s

    In both cinemas—that of the “normalizer” and that of the “normalized”—the political and economic stagnation reinforced by stochastic censorship and disillusioned society often leads to peculiar examples of mismatched ideology and aesthetics allowing for viewing them as accidental camp classics today. What structural changes do Czechoslovak studios undergo in the wake of the Warsaw Pact invasion? What thematic and aesthetic choices can be attributed to their moment in film history on both sides of the Iron Curtain? How does the soaring number of light entertainment genre like melodrama, comedy or musical correlate with the current events? Last but not least, the questions of actors’ agency in the face of state repression and censorship, of reevaluation of the immense corpus of films created during the late-Communist era feel relevant in Russian and Central European cinema and culture in general today.

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  • Heidelberg

    Call for papers - History

    Playing the Aggressor

    Historical Conquest, Colonization, and Resistance in Video Games

    The workshop will analyze video games that reconstruct, model, or draw inspiration from historical aggressors and aggression, with a particular focus on conquest, colonization, and resistance. It explores games where players engage in territorial expansion or resistance, spanning various genres including real-time strategy, grand strategy, and other turn-based strategies and tactical games, among others.

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  • Call for papers - Thought

    Objects on the Move

    Unpacking the Narratives of Circulating Exhibitions 1900–1952

    The MMD Museum Materials Discussions Journal welcomes article submissions to be published in a special theme issue exploring traveling exhibitions. The call for papers aims to encourage a transdisciplinary discussion on how touring exhibitions contributed to the knowledge growth within the circuit of arts, decorative arts, handicrafts, fashion, and design. The MMD issue aims to address the topic within a broader framework, providing new insights or a different way of understanding artifacts, people, and ideas detached from their original contexts, how and why they circulated, and the ways specific ideas, forms, and displays were perceived out of their original context. The chronological boundaries range from the beginning of the 20th century to 1952 (inception of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service).


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  • Call for papers - Representation

    Activist Imaginaries: Art and Curatorial Practice as Collaborative Endeavour

    REGAC, Journal of Global Studies and Contemporary Art

    Collaboration is by no means new in the field of art production. It pertains to a series of varied attempts throughout Modern and Contemporary art history to transcend individual authorship, redefine artistic autonomy and democratize access to the practice and fruition of the arts. Through this call we invite artists, curators and researchers to send academic contributions that may prompt a critical reflection on collaborative practices while also exploring multiple perspectives and methodologies.

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  • Berlin

    Scholarship, prize and job offer - Ethnology, anthropology

    Inherit. Heritage in Transformation

    Käte Hamburger Kolleg | Centre for Advanced Study | Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

    The Käte Hamburger Kolleg | Centre for Advanced Study inherit. heritage in transformation, based at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, invites applications from both experienced and early career post-doc researchersfor fellowships to begin in October 2025. Applications for fellowships for 2025–6 should address questions of inheritance – such as, its legal, economic, material and biological dimensions and implications. We welcome applications from artists, film-makers and curators. 

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  • Galaţi

    Call for papers - Europe

    Mémoire pour l’avenir, nostalgie et utopie dans les imaginaires socioculturels des « Europes de l’Europe » contemporaines

    En analysant, une décennie après la fin de la Guerre Froide, les changements survenus au cours du dernier quart du siècle passé sur le plan de l’expérience et des perceptions du temps. Le caractère multidimensionnel de la mémoire historique et ses rapports avec l’avenir dans le contexte des « transformations sans précédent » entraînées par le progrès technologique et par les défis climatiques représentent également des axes majeurs dans les recherches récentes en historiographie et en philosophie de l’histoire. À l’intersection de la mémoire historique avec celle politique, la nostalgie fonctionne comme « une épée à deux tranchants », en ce qu’elle semble être tant « un antidote émotionnel pour la politique », que « le meilleur instrument politique ». Les chercheurs de divers domaines sont encouragés à soumettre des propositions explorant plusieurs thèmes liés à la mémoire, à la nostalgie et à l’utopie en Europe post-Guerre Froide.

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  • Ghent | Brussels

    Scholarship, prize and job offer - Representation

    Researcher for the FEDTWIN project "Photography Collection of the Royal Museums of Art and History"

    Consisting of about 120,000 items, the vast collection of photographs of the Brussels Royal Museums of Art and History has never been studied thoroughly. This project aims at the assessment, study and disclosure of this collection. This function is part of the FED-tWIN programme of the Federal Science Policy, which aims to promote sustainable cooperation between the ten Federal Scientific Institutions and the 11 Belgian universities through the funding of joint research profiles. In this case, its is a joint initiative of the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels and Ghent University. The position consists of a part-time position at the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels combined with a part-time position at Ghent University. It combines research tasks, educational tasks, organization of exhibitions, project leading tasks.

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  • Call for papers - Africa

    (Digital) Retrospectives on Historiography from Africa. Decolonization, the African press, and the uses of knowledge

    Journal « Práticas da História »

    This special issue of Práticas da História reflects on contemporary epistemological possibilities and constraints in the writing of history. Therefore, it welcomes both contributions that dwell on African journals (scholarly, literary, artistic and ephemeral periodicals) from the 1950s to 1980s, and on the histories behind said periodicals. We look forward to contributions that explore different and contested visions of decolonization and future-making for the African continent and its diaspora. We also invite articles investigating differently situated historiographies from Africa: that use local vernacular by incorporating idiom, local imagery, myth and folklore; that relate to the present or the deep past. We also encourage more nuanced takes on the “nationalist historiography” that when viewed as a monolith was so dominant at the time.

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  • Call for papers - Africa

    History and Memory: Epistemological Reinterpretation of Africa's Past in a Post-Colonial Context

    “Práticas da História” journal

    This special issue of Práticas da História is interested in receiving contributions, referring to colonial and post-colonial African contexts. It is important to better understand what is happening in different African countries, at the level of the Academy but also in other spaces where social memory and history confront each other, and how political, ideological, economic and linguistic factors interfere in those situations. In the case of the former Portuguese colonies, which will soon celebrate 50 years of independence, there are additional factors, such as the later end of colonial rule and the delay in historiography about Africa that occurred until recent decades, both in Portugal and in Brazil.

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  • Call for papers - America

    The Pioneers of TransAmerican Art: in the footsteps of a Caribbean Diaspora aesthetic

    “Angles” journal

    Contributors to this thematic issue of Angles are invited to underline the connection to these ancestral memories and explore their current resurgence in the visual and living arts. Contributions can bear on scientific, fictional, and secular literature, the genius of dance and music, and the visual, scenic, culinary, performing, visual and ritual arts. Themes of interest could include but are not limited to, decoloniality, body politics, representation, restorative justice, Caribbean indigenous thought and practices, and diasporic art spaces. In the spirit of collegiality that animates this publication project, we intend to create the same dynamic between the communities of researchers and artists of the Greater Anglophone Caribbean. This dynamic is therefore open to all those who want to maintain a constructive dialogue to advance the knowledge and sharing of Caribbean aesthetics in the footsteps of the pioneers of TransAmerican art.

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  • Brno

    Call for papers - Science studies

    Why Humanities?

    The Decline and Fall of the Role of Human Sciences in the Euro-Atlantic World

    The goal of this international conference is to analyze and describe the mechanisms at work in the last 120 years which led to a comprehensive and global decline of the role of the humanities, especially in Europe and the US. We are interested in papers questioning the capitalistic strategies of the main publishing houses, predatory attitudes to research results, issues of “academic colonialism,” such as peer-review practices excluding selected topics and scholars from non-Euro-Atlantic institutions (e.g. the Global South, Eastern Europe etc.), monolinguistic normalization, the loss of diversity in topics, and the ways in which politics and media are openly denigrating the agency of human sciences.

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  • Antwerp

    Summer School - History

    Performing Media Histories

    Arts & Media Archaeology summer school 2024

    In a world where media are omnipresent, this summer school offers a unique opportunity to explore histories of media performance. The programme will focus on the interplay between media developments and performative culture from the late eighteenth century to the present day, focusing on how cultural change, new forms of knowledge, and visual culture were turned into modern spectacles and experiences. From early modern optical tools in Wunderkammers, devices of wonder and philosophical toys to contemporary interactive digital media and VR, we will explore the world of performative media that has fascinated, informed, and shaped our perceptions. 

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