Call for papers: Jews and Gentiles in East-Central Europe in the Twentieth Century

Former Parkes MA and PhD student Jan Láníček (University of New South Wales) and Hana Kubátová (Charles University in Prague) are organising an international cross-disciplinary workshop and conference on


 Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague

(Workshop) May 26 – 30, 2014 / (Conference) May 31 – June 1, 2014

We are pleased to invite applications to a five-day research workshop and a two-day international conference on Jewish-Gentile relations in specific local contexts of former Czechoslovakia, Poland and Hungary during and after World War II (1939-1989).

Both events will be held at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague.

We seek scholars and graduate students of various disciplines – including but not limited to history, sociology, political science, cultural studies and anthropology – who investigate the complexity of these relations, and their transformation, from perspectives beyond the traditional approach that deals purely with politics.

The workshop will consist of five days of intensive discussions on individual research topics. Workshop participants will be required to submit their papers in writing by April 30, 2014. A digital reading pack will be distributed to all workshop participants electronically; hard copies will be provided at the event. At the workshop, each participant will have approximately 45 minutes to introduce the paper, which will be followed by one hour discussion among the participants. Workshop participants will include established scholars, who will outline the topic under consideration, as well as young academics and graduate students in order to discuss the outlined research questions and enhance new methodological approaches. Workshop participants are expected to attend all five days of the workshop. Advanced graduate students are encouraged to apply.

A two-day international conference will be linked to the workshop. Papers will be presented by a mixture of workshop guest lecturers and academics solicited through this open call for papers. The conference will be open to the public.

We invite papers on the following topics (however also other topics will be considered):

  • public / popular responses to official anti-Semitism
  • resistance and rescue
  • postwar responses to the Holocaust
  • representation in film and literature
  • transformation of the official/popular anti-Semitism during the early Communist rule
  •  we particularly welcome papers that offer comparative (temporal or spatial) perspectives

The conference / workshop language will be English.

For paper submissions, please submit

1) an abstract of approximately one page;

2) your current resume; and

3) an information about whether you are interested in participating in the workshop or the conference (or both)

by e-mail to AND

The  deadline for submission is October 15, 2013. Participants will be notified by early December.

A limited number of graduate student stipends to partially defray the travel costs will be available. We nevertheless ask all participants to seek funding at their home institutions.

Charles University in Prague

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