CFP: Circulating across Europe? Transgressive Narratives about the Past
Deadline: January 21, 2018
Circulating across Europe? Transgressive Narratives about the Past
Workshop at Harvard University
28-29 August 2018
Convenors: Dr Félix Krawatzek and Dr George Soroka
In recent years, scholars have increasingly come to challenge the reductionist view of a Europe conceived primarily in terms of East and West. Across a range of disciplines attention has begun to focus on the complex entanglements exhibited between various European sub- regions, both historically and in the present day. Taking up the lead of those investigations, this workshop proposes to explore the political circulation of contested narratives about the past evinced across Europe. Our goal is to expand dialogue across national as well as regional foci and take into account the inherent interconnectedness of European states and actors.
Our broad intent is to further develop the academic understanding of how and what kind of narratives concerning the past circulate in different political realms and at different institutional levels. Specifically, to attend to questions of agency and content
Centered on these three realms, our workshop seeks to bring together political and other social scientists to examine case studies which go beyond individual countries and instead empirically operationalize the diffusion of historical recall across national borders and investigate its political relevance in the transnational realm.
We are grateful to the Harvard University centers and departments listed on the letterhead for their financial support. There is no fee to attend and we can cover accommodation for invited speakers; dinner, lunch and coffee will be provided. We also have a modest amount of funding available to cover travel costs. However, it would be much appreciated if individuals who are planning to attend APSA (which will take place in Boston immediately after the workshop) and who have other sources of travel funding could cover their travel-related expenses, as this will enable us to invite a greater number of European scholars, including under-funded individuals from Eastern Europe whose voices are crucial for understanding the phenomena central to this workshop.
Please apply with a paper abstract (max. 500 words) and a short CV by 21 January 2018 emailed to both felix.krawatzek@politics.