Call for Papers: Leibniz Graduate School’s Convention on Refugees in Central and Eastern Europe [8-9 December, Germany]: Submit by June 20


The 2016 Annual Convention of the Leibniz Graduate School will be held at the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, at Marburg, Germany.


8th – 9th December, 2016.

About the Convention

This year’s Convention offers an opportunity to discuss the history of refugees in – not from – Eastern Europe and the role knowledge inherent to or associated with refugees has played in the interaction with host societies.

The focus lies on the twentieth century from the Balkan Wars of 1912 until its ultimate end in 2001.

Critical analyses should emphasise the historical dimension of this topic; the conference aspires to contribute to the history of science, post-colonial studies, and the socio-political as well as cultural history of the twentieth century.

Whereas case studies should focus on Eastern Europe as destination and host country, papers on the global entanglements of the region and the inherent interdependence of its composing parts are also welcome.

The Herder Institute provides accommodation; travel expenses will be partially or fully reimbursed.

Participants, particularly from North America, are encouraged to seek additional funding.

Who Should Apply?

Ph.D students and Post-doctoral scholars are encouraged to apply.

Papers should interrogate the perception, integration, and adaptation of professional, scholarly, scientific, artistic and cultural knowledge and skills.

They are not limited to but should seek answers to such questions as:

When and why is knowledge specific to refugees appreciated, adapted or dismissed?

How do relations and interactions with the majority society impact the knowledge of refugees?

What strategies do refugees pursue to integrate their knowledge into, adopt practices from or guard it against the majority society?

What are the trajectories of interaction of the refugee knowledge with the knowledge of different groups in the host countries?

Under which circumstances does the refugee knowledge challenge accepted norms, stereotypes and prejudices in their host society?

Submission Procedure

Please submit an abstract of no more than 350 words and a one-page-CV to and


The deadline for abstract submission is on 20th June, 2016.

For further details, click HERE.

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