Call for Applications

26th Conference of junior scholars in the field of East European studies

The annual conference of Young Eastern Europe Experts (JOE) will take place from July 13th – 15th 2018 in Leipzig. The conference provides an overview of current research projects on Eastern Europe, particularly within German universities, and also enables interdisciplinary exchange regarding Eastern Europe, as well as networking among young scholars. The conference aims to bring together advanced students, PhD candidates and young scholars who have already completed their doctoral research from various disciplines focussing on Eastern Europe (including Central and Southeastern Europe), and invites them to present and discuss their research projects with other prospective scholars and qualified professionals.

Unlike in previous years, there is no overall theme for this conference. Therefore, the participants from different research areas have the opportunity to set their own priorities and make use of the networking opportunities and discussions at the JOE Conference. The conference therefore also offers an insight into the current German-language research relating to Eastern Europe based on the topics and contributions of the young scholars. Accordingly, the conference is open to research projects in the social sciences, the humanities and cultural studies, as well as to contributions from the fields of economics and law. Interdisciplinary projects are of particular interest. The language of the conference is German, although contributions may be submitted and presented in English. In addition, proposals for panels consisting of three contributions can be suggested.

The conference is organized by the German Association of Eastern European Studies (DGO), the Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen (FSO), the Leibniz Institute for History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) and the Leibniz ScienceCampus »Eastern Europe – Global Area« (EEGA), with the latter acting as host institutions. The costs for accommodation and catering are covered by the organizers.

Suggestions for individual texts Suggestions for panels
– An abstract of maximum 500 words which relates to the research question, findings, theoretical approach and method (intended for publication in the conference reader)

– Information about the status of the research project and institutional affiliation

– A summary of maximum 200 words with the title, topic and target of the panel

– Abstracts and information on the individual texts (see the left column)

– A panel should consist of about three speakers, and represent at least two different institutions


Please send your abstract by 15 January 2018 to

Selection decisions will be made by the end of February 2018.

In the case of acceptance to the conference, a German or English language paper of about 3,000 words must be submitted by 1st May 2018. It will be delivered to other participants prior to the conference.


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