CfP: 4 Panels Seminar on Central Europe & Colonialism

Deadline: 30 September 2015
Open to: PhD candidates and postdocs with a keen interest in history of Central Europe and colonialism
Venue: 21-23 September 2016, Wrocław, Poland


The Academia Europaea Knowledge Hub Wrocław and the University of Wrocław invite young scholars (PhD candidates and postdocs), to take part in the Seminar Central Europe and Colonialism: Migrations, Knowledges, Perspectives, Commodities, to be held in Wrocław (Poland) on 21-23 September 2016.

Central Europe has not yet been an object of keener interest in (post)colonial studies. However, not only did large numbers of Central Europeans migrate to the (former) colonial world, but Central Europeans also provided personnel to occupy, administer and police colonial empires,and reflected on colonial experiences at the levels of high and popular culture. Even if largely excluded from colonial politics at an international level, Central Europeans played an important role in generating new discourses based on data gathered in the colonial contact zone. Publications on exotic worlds circulated widely in Central Europe and inspired new conceptions of world history, world literature, and cosmopolitanism, in conjunction with new concepts of human nature (esp. a division of humanity in races) and ecology, with wide ranging consequences for world history. The themes of the conference will be covered in four panels:

  • Migrations;
  • Knowledges;
  • Perspectives;
  • Commodities.


The seminar is open to PhD candidates and postdocs with a keen interest in history of Central Europe and colonialism.


The organizers will cover the conference fee and the costs of accommodation (up to 4 nights), travel (up to a certain maximum: Western Europe – up to 100 EUR; Central and Eastern Europe – up to 150 EUR) and insurance.

How to apply?

Submit a 300-word proposal, a curriculum vitae with a list of publications by 30 September 2015. All correspondence, including submission of proposals and final papers, must be addressed to: Katarzyna Majkowska – Kołyszko: All applicants will be notified about the selection of participants before 31 October 2015.

Presenters are required to submit a 3,000-5,000 word description or excerpt (i.e., chapter, article, etc.) to be circulated among participants by 1 March 2016. All workshop participants are asked to read these submissions prior to the workshop. The paper should be an unpublished one.

For more information please visit the official website.

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