CFP: Summer School "Negotiating Europe. Jewish and Non-Jewish Spaces"
Jena Center 20th Century History
Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University
Center for Teacher Development and Research on School at Leipzig University
Jewish Museum, Frankfurt/Main
date/place: July 15-19, 2008, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena/Germany
Deadline: March 15, 2008
From July 15- July 19, 2008 a Summer School will be organized at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena as part of the project "Communicating Europe. Jewish Knowledge Cultures beyond the Nation-State". It will be aimed at graduate students concerned with topics about "Europe" and "Transnationality" in the 19th and 20th centuries (space, communication, mobility, cultures of knowledge). The subject matter of the workshop deals with topics of Jewish history but also aims to go beyond Jewish history and culture.
Topic and Key Questions
In the 19th and 20th centuries, multilingualism, mobility, living in different cultures and places became norm rather than the exception. The significance of clear-cut units, national and social borders as well as ideas of homogeneity is now challenged by questions of historiography. Moreover the end of the Cold War has enabled a broader perspective of Europe. Thus, new historical spaces and earlier forms of "the European", i.e. an European self-conception, which formerly seemed to be sealed in the Cold War historiography, has been attracting attention again.
Exchange, mobility, transnationality, the transfer of knowledge from place to place, and translations of knowledge from one form into another can be seen as having an inherent European dimension which permits a broader perspective on European History than a mere addition of national and territorial narratives.
The concepts of "Europe" and "Transnationality" in the broader sense will take center stage of the Summer School. Hence key questions are: How can we understand the concept of "the European"? How do we understand notions of transnational historiography, international historiography and international comparative historiography? Which topics and objects of research might benefit from a transnational perspective, and what kind of methodical problems could result from such an approach?
Organization and Application
The PhD students shall be actively involved in the summer school. All participants will get the opportunity to discuss their projects or a particular methodical problem. Those discussions should be initiated by a presentation (15 minutes max.) or by introducing a text/source text. The program also includes guest lectures and discussions with David Weinstein (Department of Political Science, Wake Forest University, North Carolina) as well as reading sessions with methodical texts.
Applications should include an outline of the dissertation project and a short c.v., and should be sent per e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org (subject matter: SummerSchool 2008). The deadline is March 15, 2008.
Successful applicants will be informed by April 15, 2008. Travel and accomodation expenses will be reimbursed in whole. Conference languages are German and English. German reading comprehension is required.
Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts
20th Century History
Kristina Meyer M.A. (Assistant)
Phone (+49) 03641 944 458
Fax (+49) 03641 944 452
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