Event Calendar

  • Thu
    24
    May
    2018
    Fri
    25
    May
    2018
    startin time: 12:30 pmLeibniz-Institut für Geschichte und Kultur des östlichen Europa (GWZO), Leipzig, Germany

    Organisers: Kornelia Kończal (Hannah Arendt Institute, TU Dresden) and Ewa Stańczyk (Department of History, University of Amsterdam)
    In cooperation with: Paulina Gulińska-Jurgiel (Aleksander-Brückner-Zentrum für Polenstudien at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg) and Stefan Troebst (Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO), Leipzig)

    This workshop explores the emotional dimension of property transfers that accompanied expulsion and ethnic cleansing in Europe and other regions of the world in the mid-20th century. While much ink has been spilled over the fate of displaced people, the property that was left behind has attracted little attention. It is common knowledge that the property of displaced people – be it evacuees, refugees or expellees – was subject to confiscation, looting and destruction. Much less is known, however, about the emotional impact that losing and acquiring such belongings had on individuals and societies. The aim of this workshop is to investigate how emotions triggered by mass property transfers shaped the reconstruction of the social order in the affected states among the displaced and dispossessed people, and among their successors.

    Look here to see the draft programme.

    This workshop is supported by the Leibniz ScienceCampus Eastern Europe – Global Area. The workshop is open to the public. Admission is free. Please register with Ewa Stańczyk (e.m.stanczyk@uva.nl).

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  • Fri
    01
    Jun
    2018
    June 2018 - tbcLeibniz-Institute for Regional Geography - tbc

    The current geopolitical changes in EU membership and Europe’s response to the so-called ‘migration crisis’ provide an important research site for re-considering questions of European identity in general and East European identities in particular. In Britain, post-accession migration from Eastern, Central and Southeastern Europe became a focal issue of public discourses in the Brexit campaigns with EU nationals referred to as political ‘bargaining chips’ in subsequent Brexit negotiations. In Germany, meanwhile, attention shifted from debates on migrants from Romania and Bulgaria claiming welfare to the consequences of suspending the Dublin treaty in September 2015. Across Europe, there has also been a growth of far-right nationalism that denigrates migrants through a discourse of exclusion and othering, such as Front National in France, Geert Wilders’ Party for Freedom (PVV) in the Netherlands, UKIP in Britain and the AfD in Germany. These political shifts signal an ‘ideological faultline’ between nationalists and global neoliberals where free and flexible mobility is contested and migrants are scapegoats for a broader politics of austerity and global uneven development (Fekete, 2016).

    East European migrants from post-2004 EU accession states have been very much caught in the middle of these debates and changes. On the one hand, they have seen rising nationalism and anti-migration sentiment across many parts of Eastern Europe itself. On the other hand, their own transnational mobility within the EU has been increasingly contested and nationalist claims have been staked, especially in Britain, against their rights to live and work freely in any European member state. The fault-lines that are emerging here are not radically new, but they are being revised and modified in light of present political agendas (cf. Botterill 2011, Burrell 2006, 2016, Fox, Morasanu and Szilassy, 2012).

    The workshop proposed here seeks to bring together international postdoctoral researchers to enable the development of more comparative approaches and discuss initial insights from emerging research in this area with a view to developing collaborative publications and funding proposals on the consequences of these geopolitical changes for European and East European identities. One outcome of the workshop will be a proposal for a joint special issue publication in an internationally recognized journal such as European Urban and Regional Studies, Environment and Planning A, Europe-Asia Studies or Migration Studies. A second aim is the establishment of a collaborative network for future funding applications to ORA, the VW Foundation and other funding bodies’ schemes for comparative international research.

    A key focus of the workshop and its outcomes will be the perspectives of migrants themselves, paying attention to new dynamics of mobility, belonging and citizenship. Through comparative analysis, we aim to, first, examine representations and ideological constructions of migration from Eastern Europe and, second, the impacts of current geopolitical changes on ‘mobile’ East Europeans’ identities and practices.

    For further questions: leibniz-eega@ifl-leipzig.de

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  • Wed
    27
    Jun
    2018
    Fri
    29
    Jun
    2018
    tbcLeibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO)

    In recent decades, new agribusiness models have emerged in a number of transition, emerging and developed economies. Their main characteristics in- clude a very large size of sometimes more than one hundred thousand hectares of farmland, integration of multiple stages of production and processing, and presence of investors who often have no background in primary agriculture. The IAMO Forum 2018 provides a platform for re- search that investigates the economic, managerial and social aspects of large-scale agriculture as well as institutional frameworks that enable the persistence of large agricultural enterprises. The conference’s geographical focus is particularly on the transition countries of Eastern Europe, the Former Soviet Union, and East Asia as well as developed and emerging countries in Europe, the Americas and Aus- tralia.
    The IAMO Forum 2018 is jointly organized by the De- partment Structural Development of Farms and Rural Areas of IAMO, DLG e.V. and the Association Ukrainian Agribusiness Club (UCAB).

    The IAMO Forum 2018 will be held at IAMO’s confe- rence facilities. Conference language will be English. Simultaneous interpretation for Day 3 will be provided (English – German).

    For latest updates please visit us at: www.iamo.de/forum/2018

    For further questions: leibniz-eega@ifl-leipzig.de

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  • Wed
    27
    Jun
    2018
    Fri
    29
    Jun
    2018
    tbcLeipzig university campus, Augustusplatz 10, 04109 Leipzig

    The African continent has an extremely rich history of entanglements, connectivities and exchanges with the rest of the world. However, for many years parts of the scientific communities as well as public media have looked at this history from just one side: Africa as being at the receiving end of global changes. Yet, largely unnoticed outside the continent, African actors have long written themselves into the globalizing world. This change of perspective from Africa as a mere object of study to a subject of its own choice and making is at the core of the conference.

    Connections exist on various levels and scales, from the individual to the global. They have different forms and ranges, they involve various human and nonhuman entities, they change with time and they are valued differently according to the context. Translocal and transnational relations within Africa as well as between Africa and other world regions include a wide spectrum of historical as well as recent entanglements, economic links, social networks, political connections, and new virtual communities. They include ties between rural and urban Africa as well as historical and contemporary alliances between and across regions. Connections enable new modes of expression by providing social, spatial and imaginary mobilities as well as links to global arenas and diasporas. Connections can be inclusive as well as exclusive. They can be clandestine and criminal, but also emancipative and innovative. They perpetuate inequalities if the gains of connectedness are unevenly distributed. The making and re-making of connections also implies disconnection and non-connectedness, the production of borders, and boundary work accompanied by violent processes of connecting and de-connecting. This conference looks at African connections in the past and the present. It aims to discuss and compare how processes of connecting and de-connecting are and were done in and with Africa, and to question received assumptions and narrations about African connections and Africa’s.

    For further questions: leibniz-eega@ifl-leipzig.de

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  • Tue
    03
    Jul
    2018
    Thu
    05
    Jul
    2018
    5:30 pmSaxon Academy of Sciences in Leipzig/ GWZO

    Eastern Europe’s societies and states were integrated in large-scale interactions through trade relations and migrations since the Middle Ages. Due to the first wave of globalisation, these global relations intensified since the mid-nineteenth century. They were severely modified in the era of global Cold War as well as in the subsequent period of transformation. Nowadays, these manifold transregional linkages are taking place in the context of an approaching multipolar world order and are shaped by digitalisation and acceleration of communication. The societies of Eastern Europe, equally to societies of other world regions, are facing a double challenge of on the one hand positioning themselves in and towards these relations and the arising chances and impositions, while on the other hand simultaneously being repositioned by these relations.

    This double challenge is the subject of the joint Annual Conference of the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) and the Leibniz ScienceCampus “Eastern Europe – Global Area“ (EEGA) in Leipzig.

    It is important to us to interrelate as many facets of these processes as possible and to encourage the comparison between both different eras and different disciplinary approaches. The conference aims for emphasising ranges and sustainabilities of globalisation projects in Eastern Europe. We are inviting contributions especially to the following subject areas, which shall be discussed in preferably coherent panels:

    • The imprint of Eastern Europe through cultural encounters, transfers and interactions
    • The economic linkages of Eastern Europe and its relation to processes of migration
    • The approach to ecological challenges (environmental history) in Eastern Europe
    • Eastern Europe in public international law and the dynamics of international organisations
    • The relations of Eastern Europe with Africa, Asia and Latin America
    • Scepticism towards globalisation and interdependencies in the present

    This transdisciplinary and topical as well as chronological widespread examination with Eastern Europe as a global area is inspired by the pursuit of a differentiated understanding of current developments in the region, which shall not be considered isolated, but in relation to other parts of the world.

    For further questions: leibniz-eega@ifl-leipzig.de

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  • Wed
    11
    Jul
    2018
    9.´:30 am -5:00 pmtbc

    The instructed writing process lasts eight hours and is strongly structured to be effective. The participants will work on only one text during the whole day: a book chapter, a thesis chapter, a proposal, a journal article, a lecture, an application. The participants will start with a white sheet of paper and will leave the workshop with a satisfying rough draft.

    The writing sessions will be guided by professional trainer (http://schreibaschram.de/de/seminare/der-schreib-sweatshop/) and the workhop will be held in English.

    For further questions: leibniz-eega@ifl-leipzig.de

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  • Fri
    13
    Jul
    2018
    1:00 - 2:00 pmSFB 1199 - tbc

    For further questions: leibniz-eega@ifl-leipzig.de

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  • Fri
    13
    Jul
    2018
    Sun
    15
    Jul
    2018
    tbcLeibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO)

    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.

    For further questions: leibniz-eega@ifl-leipzig.de

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  • Mon
    24
    Sep
    2018
    Thu
    27
    Sep
    2018
    12:00 pmTagungslounge Leipzig, Katharinenstraße 6, 04109 Leipzig

    Der EEGA-Campus veranstaltet in diesem Jahr seine erste Sommerschule mit Journalisten. Geplant ist der dreieinhalbtägige Event in Leipzig.

    Auf dem (vorläufigen) Programm stehen Präsentationen, Workshops, Diskussionsrunden mit prominenten Gästen und wechselseitige Coachings von Wissenschaftlern und Journalisten. Als Themenschwerpunkte vorgesehen sind länderspezifische Mediensysteme – insbesondere des östlichen Europa –, Werkzeuge und Strategien der Medienarbeit sowie Fragen des Wissenstransfers.

    Die Sommerschule richtet sich an junge Wissenschaftler und Medienvertreter aus Deutschland und dem östlichen Europa. Ebenfalls angesprochen sind Studierende, Doktoranden und PR-Abteilungen von Forschungseinrichtungen.

    Nähere Informationen zu Programm und Anmeldeformalitäten folgen in Kürze.

    Anmeldung (inkl. Short CV, Forschungsfokus) ist erbeten bis 15.07.2018 an leibniz-eega@ifl-leipzig.de

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