Hoover Library & Archives Now Accepting Applications for the 2016 Workshop on Authoritarian Regimes

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July 18, 2016 to July 29, 2016
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
Russian or Soviet History / Studies, Modern European History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Middle East History / Studies, Chinese History / Studies

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives at Stanford University are pleased to announce that applications for the 2016 Workshop on Authoritarian Regimes will be accepted from March 10 to April 21, 2016. Application forms and guidelines can be found on the Hoover Library & Archives website. The 2016 workshop will be held at the Hoover Institution on Stanford’s campus from July 18 to July 29.

Hoover's Workshop on Authoritarian Regimes studies the history and development of totalitarian states to understand why they come into being, how they work, and what their legacies are. By bringing together scholars of the various regimes, the workshop promotes the comparative study of dictatorship, institutions of coercion and repression, and the economic and social consequences of totalitarian rule. The workshop's principal resources are the unique and fast-growing holdings of the Hoover Archives on authoritarian regimes in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. During the workshop, participants will spend two weeks studying Hoover's archival holdings, present their work at daily lunchtime seminars, and exchange ideas during dinner. Each session of the workshop typically holds two public lectures. Past speakers include Anne Applebaum (Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gulag: A History), Stephen Kotkin (Princeton), Robert Service (Oxford), Amir Weiner (Stanford), and Paul Gregory (workshop organizer).

Now in its thirteenth year, the workshop has served as the basis for numerous books, articles, and monographs by participants who have made use of collections including the records of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, records of the Lithuanian section of the Soviet KGB, the Radio Free Europe–Radio Liberty collection, the Chiang Kai-Shek diaries, the records of the Chinese KMT Party, the archive of the Chief Administration of Labor Camps (GULAG) of the Soviet Union, and the Ba'ath Party papers from the Iraq Memory Foundation Collection.


Application Requirements

All applicants are required to submit their applications online with the following:

  • Contact information
  • One-page CV
  • A proposal of fewer than 750 words describing your research project, including the names of Hoover collections you plan to use and why they are necessary for your project
  • Names and contact information for two academic referees familiar with your research (no formal letter required)
Application deadline: April 21, 2016
Applicants will receive notifications by May 30, 2016
Applications and recommendations must be submitted online in English
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For more information about the Workshop on Authoritarian Regimes, please visit the website or e-mail questions to the workshop coordinator, Bronweyn Coleman, at bronweyn@stanford.edu.

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