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  • Call for papers - History

    Alps and Resistance: conflicts, violences and political reflections (1943-1945)

    Cambridge Scholars Publishing

    What is the relationship between the Alps and the Resistance during the Italian Social Republic? The focus of the book is to deepen the function of the Alps as a “centre” of battles, violences and opposition to fascism, as well as the cradle of political debate destined to forge the modern Italian and European democracy.

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  • Paris

    Call for papers - History

    The photography of persecution. Pictures of the holocaust

    The conference organizers invite contributions that highlight what is missing from scholarly and public discourse about the photography of the Holocaust. We welcome papers that shed new light on persecution and mass murder through an examination of photographic images. In particular, we seek papers that explore the historical context in which photographs were produced, that restore our critical distance to the narratives presented by the photographs, and that take up methodological problems associated with the use of photographic images as instruments of dictatorial rule or the resistance to it. The conference will focus on the photographic record of the persecution of Jews in Nazi-dominated Europe and its colonial possessions from 1933 to 1945. We welcome contributions that focus on individual or serial photographic images, whether they are iconic or have yet to be widely distributed, whether they were taken by Jews, Nazis, local collaborators, public authorities, photojournalists, or amateur photographers.  

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  • Cambridge

    Scholarship, prize and job offer - History

    PhD funding, France and the Second World War: the Cambridge Chadwyck-Healey Liberation Collection (1944-1946)

    Cambridge University Library is delighted to have received an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Collaborative Doctoral Award, and invites applications for PhD studentships, starting in 2020-2021. The successful PhD candidate will receive funding to work on the Chadwyck-Healey Liberation Collection (1944-1946), as part of the Doctoral Training Partnership with The Open University.

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  • Prague

    Call for papers - History

    Incorporating sexual violence into Czech WWII history and its aftermath: A Workshop

    The one-day event, featuring leading experts in the field Regina Mühlhäuser and Anna Hájková, will combine an introductory lecture, two panels of talks, and close work with primary sources. We are seeking submissions for participation with abstract (up to 300 words, including discussion of sources, and a short bio, up to 100 words). We are interested in the history of Second World War defined widely, that is people working on Czech and Slovak 1930s and 1940s, ethnic minorities, Holocaust, expulsion etc. pp.

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  • Prague

    Call for papers - History

    Reshaping the Nation

    Collective Identities and Post-War Violence in Europe 1944–1948

    The conference will analyze the composition of nationalities (who belonged to the national community?), the legitimizing function of nationalism, and its relation to acts of violence at the end of war and to the reshaping of postwar societies. At the same time, we want to address the differences between countries. How did a specific occupation policy in a specific place, with its specific national and racist criteria, influence the “responses” of the occupied society? Is there any evidence of a biological understanding of nationhood? How did competing concepts shape a new understanding of the “nation”—particularly taking into consideration the different political and cultural developments in various nation-states after the war ended? We are interested in papers that touch upon violent acts occurring at the end of World War II and stemming from nationalism as reshaped by previous war experiences.

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  • Saint-Denis

    Call for papers - History

    Beyond the “White Man’s Burden”?

    Representations of the “Far East” in the English-Speaking World since World War II

    This one-day workshop seeks to examine the shifting image of the “Far East” in the English-speaking world, including - but not limited to - news, film, museums, exhibitions, travel literature and television. In part, it seeks to complement the study of media representations with a tentative assessment of their reception, and by examining the overlapping areas between media representations and historical events. The period since the Second World War has seen profound changes in the “Far East”, notably because of decolonization, the creation of independent nation-states and the increasing power of China, Japan and India. This workshop will examine the persistence (or not) of the “white man’s burden” in a post-imperial age.

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  • Esch-sur-Alzette

    Call for papers - History

    The way out. Microhistories of flight from Nazi Germany

    In recent years, the microhistorical turn in Holocaust history has placed increasing importance on individual practices and experiences by exploring new, nominative mass sources and combining a prosopographical approach with quantitative analysis of individual trajectories. This international conference will study the broad theme of the flight of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany in the 1930s and their trajectories during the war and its aftermath from multiple perspectives.

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  • Monopoli

    Summer School - Language

    Family morphologies: Leone and Natalia Ginzburg in Italian and European literature and culture

    Focusing on the works by Leone (1909-1944) and Natalia Ginzburg (1916-1991) the Summer School is dedicated to a reflection on the authors’ contribution to the 20th century Italian and European history. Besides a critical analysis of their creative and intellectual activity and their civic engagement, the participants will have the opportunity to debate the role both Leone and Natalia had in the publishing house Einaudi, and to experiment new methods of teaching literature. The program includes 3 plenary lessons and 5 seminars. Special guest: Carlo Ginzburg.Language of the activities: Italian.

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  • Belval

    Scholarship, prize and job offer - History

    Director of Interdisciplinary Centre of Contemporary, European and Digital History

    The University of Luxembourg seeks a Director (m/f) for its new Interdisciplinary Centre of Contemporary, European and Digital History (IHTP/CEDH). This centre promotes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary history with a particular focus on new digital methods and tools for historical research. Mission of the Director will be to develop and lead the new interdisciplinary centre, define its strategy together with the relevant bodies of the University of Luxembourg, set objectives, activity plans, benchmarks and develop internal rules.

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  • Essen

    Call for papers - History

    Occupied Societies in Western Europe: Conflict and Encounter in the 20th Century

    The history of Western Europe in the first half of the 20th Century was shaped by numerous contradictions: by conflicts and interdependencies, proximity and distance, violence and co-operation. Many of these elements can be identified in the structures and dynamics of Western European societies under German occupation. After all, the relationship between occupiers and the occupied cannot simply be reduced to "collaboration" and "resistance", in contrast to the suggestions of an older historiography.

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  • Glasgow

    Call for papers - Europe

    Italy’s Decade of War: 1935-1945 in International Perspective

    From the invasion of Abyssinia to the end of World War II, Italy experienced a decade of war. This conference aims to re-evaluate the history of the Italian experience during this ten-year period with a unifying perspective that places the Italian Fascist regime and its foreign and military enterprises in an entirely internationalised framework of analysis. It will bring an international focus upon the Italian role in the break-down of the international system and appeasement, and will analyse the consequences of Italian militarism on a global scale. It will explore comparative and transnational histories of the Italian occupations of France, the Balkans, Greece, and Albania, as well as the Allied occupation of Italy following the defeat.

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  • Duesseldorf

    Call for papers - Representation

    Museum global?

    Multiple Perspectives on Art, 1904–1950

    Currently, profound societal upheavals require a repositioning of the concept of "Modern Art." As a museum, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is responding to the effects of globalization and digitalization by devoting itself to the pressing theme of "globalism" and the challenges associated with it.

     

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  • The Hague

    Conference, symposium - History

    Towards a New History of World War II?

    The history of WWII has been being written for the last 70 years. Witnesses, historians, actors, writers and many others have constructed our representation of the event. How will the WWII historiography evolve in Belgium and the Netherlands? How should historians interact with memorial politics and new media? Is it still relevant to consider WWII as a separate topic for research? How do digital humanities play a role? The latter are but a small number among the many questions that will be discussed at this international congress.

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  • Cologne

    Study days - History

    Foreign Rule in Western Europe

    Towards a Comparative History of Military Occupations, 1940-1949

    Military occupations were a crucial part of the collective experience of Western European societies during the mid-20th century. Occupations conducted by Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and the Western Allies varied in terms of their goals, methods, and most significantly in their use of violence. In many respects, however, these ideologically different regimes of occupation also shared a range of common features. In contrast to the ruthless occupation policies in the East, these regimes sought to find a viable mode of interaction with both local social intermediaries and the broader population, and thus generally attempted to stabilize their rule by pacifying occupied societies. Many of the quotidian ruling techniques and practices deployed for this purpose produced a set of related socio-political legacies across Western European societies which found their distinctive expression during the subsequent decades.

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  • Pisa

    Call for papers - Thought

    The Wisdom of the Ancients. Jerusalem rediscovers Athens

    The German-Jewish Revaluation of Ancient Philosophy

    Between 1920 and 1930, a group of young, brilliant Jewish researchers studied in Germany under the direction of Cassirer, Husserl and Heidegger. Leo Strauss, Karl Löwith, Hans Jonas, Hannah Arendt, Jacob Klein, Eric Weil, Günther Anders, and others were forced by the advent of Nazism to escape from Germany and to wander around the world. All these thinkers strove to question the historicist assumption, according to which Modernity is to be seen as progress in respect to the Ancient thought. In their studies, they found new ways to listen to the voice of the Ancients, by revaluating them in the context of the crisis of modern thought. Starting from Athens and Jerusalem, the symbolic roots of western culture, these philosophers problematized and revitalized the quarrel between Ancients and Moderns over again.

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  • Venice

    Conference, symposium - Thought

    Etty Hillesum. One hundred years later (1914-2014)

    International Conference

    Esther (Etty) Hillesum writings are a crucial historical document, as they report on the extreme evil of racial persecutions and life in lagers. They are a reflection on the value and the meaning of life, love and death. The International Conference “Etty Hillesum. Cento anni dopo (1914-2014)” (December 9-10, 2014, at Ca' Foscari University in Venice, Italy) aims to assess the works of this important witness from the 20th century.

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  • Belfast

    Call for papers - Modern

    The Cultures of Popular Culture

    Biennial conference of the Royal Irish Academy Committee for Modern Languages, Literary and Cultural Studies

    Just as the term Popular Culture describes the widest range of practices, Popular Culture Studies cover the most heterogeneous objects. While this very diversity makes it exciting as a research field, it presents a challenge in terms of methods and approaches. To promote scientific exchanges at international level, Popular Culture Studies need elements of comparability and theorization. The biennial conference of the Royal Irish Academy, hosted by the School of Modern Languages at Queen’s University Belfast, intends to offer a forum for discussion between academics, teaching and researching in the fields of Popular Cultures. It will consider the benefits of studying Popular Cultures in Modern Languages Studies and seek to map current areas of research. It presents a distinctive opportunity to discuss corpora and contrast approaches.

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  • Paris | Péronne | Paris

    Conference, symposium - History

    Conflict studies and new military history

    Crossed perspectives on the war era, 1914-1945

    Depuis quelques années, les études consacrées à la guerre et aux conflits connaissent un véritable essor. Avec les « global studies » ou « histoire globale », elles occupent le devant de la scène historiographique. Ce renouveau de l’histoire militaire a pour corollaire sa transformation en profondeur tant sur le plan méthodologique que sur le plan épistémologique. Cet intérêt a également eu un impact profond sur la compréhension des deux guerres mondiales qui sont de plus en plus considérées comme constituant une période historique en soi, « l’ère de la guerre totale ». Cette université d’été veut offrir aux participants un panorama des recherches actuelles dans le domaine de l’histoire économique, sociale, culturelle et militaire des deux guerres mondiales. Elle réunit des étudiants européens de doctorat et de master 2 qui travaillent sur la thématique de la guerre au sens large et leur permet de présenter leurs projets de recherche à des spécialistes internationalement reconnus.

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  • Oxford

    Lecture series - History

    Nation and Globalisation

    Maison Française d'Oxford conference cycle

    L'axe de recherche « Nation et mondialisation » a notamment privilégié un programme pluridisciplinaire relatif à l’analyse des élites. D’un point de vue politologique, il concerne l’analyse comparative des représentants politiques au sein des démocraties européennes et d’autre part celle de la symbolique, appréhendée notamment du point de vue des rituels politiques. Dans une perspective davantage sociologique, il ambitionne de favoriser le développement d’études comparatives autour de la question de la distinction élitiste, y compris avec le concours d’historiens ou d’anthropologues susceptibles d’introduire, pertinemment, des dimensions temporelles et culturelles.

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  • Mont-Saint-Aignan

    Call for papers - History

    World War 2 : History, Art and Memory

    The session will be divided into three complementary sections with the aim of exploring in an original manner a historical moment—the Second World War—that is crucial for the understanding of the contemporary world. The first part of the course will be devoted to the study of Franco-American relations during the war, providing us the opportunity to revisit well-known political and military events from the perspective of American press coverage. The second part of the course will examine the war through the official War Artists' scheme launched in 1939. The third and final part of the course will approach the memory of the Second World War through films that have played a crucial role in shaping our memory of this event, from 1945 to the present day.

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