12th Annual Graduate Conference in European History (GRACEH)

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Call for Papers
April 26, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Eastern Europe History / Studies, European History / Studies, Humanities, Research and Methodology

Call for Papers
“People and Ideas on the Move: Interaction, Interconnection and Entanglement”

The 12th Annual Graduate Conference in European History (GRACEH), to be held at the University of Vienna (Vienna, Austria), April 26-28, 2018

Proposal deadline: December 1, 2017
Keynote speakers: Małgorzata Mazurek (Columbia University, NYC), Pap Ndiaye (Sciences Po, Paris)

For the contemporaries of the 21st century, mobility often seems to lie at the heart of lived experience. International conferences or student mobility programmes like the European ERASMUS – now in its 30th year – shape the perceptions of young academics. However, mobility is encouraged not only by marvellous opportunity, but also out of urgent necessity. In recent years, millions of people from the Global South have been forced to leave their home countries for political or economical reasons, creating new challenges for the receiving societies.

The current prominence of mobility has inspired multiple enquiries in its historicity: Certainly, mobility of people and ideas is not a recent phenomenon. The 12th annual GRACEH, organised by the University of Vienna, Central European University (Budapest) and European University Institute (Florence), will focus on historical manifestations of movement. We perceive movement as an omnipresent phenomenon, not limited to people. It also embraces ideas, technology, scientific concepts, concepts of the state and governance, the circulation of goods, cultural practices, and more.

In order to establish a space for a productive discussion, we invite graduate students from the humanities and social sciences to reflect with us on the following themes:

1. Historical Research on the Move:

Theoretical debates on mobility: their essence and forms, epistemic approaches and methodological perspectives as well as paradigm shifts. We encourage an open discussion with the aim of reflecting and expanding on the existing theoretical framework in order to illuminate less researched types of movement. Furthermore, we address basic requirements of mobility, as well as transformation and change occurring in this field over time. 

2. People on the Move: 

Actors, circumstances, experience, memory, identity, and “otherness.” We regard mobility as an essential part of human experience, shaping people and practices. Who moved for what kind of reasons and purposes and under which conditions? How did mobility of people affect the social, political, economical and cultural dimension within their destinations, places of origin and travel hubs?

3. Ideas on the Move:

Transfer of knowledge, change of paradigms, advancement of technology. Ideas, as well as people, are constantly in motion. All boundaries - gender, class or state borders - function within a continuum between rigidity and fluidity.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Analysis and comparison of different types of mobility

Social Mobility

Transfer of Knowledge

Mobility and Space

Gender, Identity, Hybridity and Biography

Narratives of Mobility in Historiography and Historical Pedagogy

Mobility and Emotions

Borders and Frontiers

Flight and Exile

State Administration, Political Movements and Mobility

Labour Migration

Mobility and Economy

Mobility in the Media

Mobility and Environment

Health and Mobility

History of Travel

Paper abstracts of up to 300 words and a brief biography with full contact details (email, telephone, postal address) should be sent to GRACEH2018@univie.ac.at by 1 December 2017. File name of abstract and biography: last name_first name_institution.doc(x). Participants will receive a notification of acceptance no later than 31 January 2018. Final papers (between 5 to 15 pages) should be submitted by 15 March 2018 so they can be precirculated to commentators in a timely fashion. Accepted speakers who do not have access to institutional support can apply for financial assistance. For further information, please visit graceh2018.wordpress.com

Contact Info: 

GRACEH Organizing Committee:

Pauli Aro, Andreas Enderlin, Joanna Rozmus, Anastassiya Schacht and Mojmir Stransky.


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