Workshops 2013

Conference: Postwar Decolonization and Its Impact in Europe

Date: December 2-3 2013
Conference Location: University of Exeter

The unravelling of European empires was foundational to the making of the modern world. An old imperial order was swept away, and a new age of nation states rapidly replaced it. Whilst decolonisation played a fundamental role in the shaping of post-war world, its repercussions for Europe itself, and its legacies in a host of political, social and cultural spheres, are still relatively little examined. This conference will examine how the global dynamics of decolonisation had an impact not only on the 'western core' of the continent, but also in state socialist eastern Europe, and in southern Europe, which have been hitherto little considered in this light. Panels will consider, variously, the new ways in which Europeans engaged with the post-colonial world, the reshaping of European identity in the light of decolonisation, its impact in European nations that saw themselves as anti-colonial, its appeal in European radical politics, the writing of 'entangled histories' of the end of Empire, and legacies of decolonisation across the continent.

This conference is a collaboration between Centre for Area Studies, University of Leipzig, Imre Kertész Kolleg, University of Jena, and the Centre for Imperial and Global History, University of Exeter.

The programme can be viewed here.

Rumänien nach dem Regierungswechsel

Öffentlicher Rumänientag - veranstaltet von den Romanisten der Universität Jena gemeinsam mit der Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft, dem Imre-Kertész-Kolleg und dem Graduiertenkolleg "Kulturelle Orientierungen und gesellschaftliche Ordnungsstrukturen in Südosteuropa" der Jenaer Universität.

Date: 23 October, 2013
Venue: seminar room 103, Rosensäle, Fürstengraben 27, 07743 Jena

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Conference: Globalität im Reflexionsraum der Käte Hamburger Kollegs


Die Käte Hamburger Kollegs, zu denen auch das Imre Kertész Kolleg in Jena zählt, finden sich zu einer erstmalig gemeinsamen Tagung in Bonn zusammen. Das Thema „Globalität“ bezieht sich auf die damit verbundenen Herausforderungen in der Geisteswissenschaft.
Globalität scheint heute alle Kulturen und gesellschaftlichen Sphären zu durchdringen und wird weitgehend unabhängig von theoretischen Präferenzen in zahlreichen Disziplinen, bei politischen Akteuren und in allen Regionen der Welt als Faktum akzeptiert und auf je eigene Weise adaptiert. Für viele Wissenschaften stellt sie eine Quelle neuer Forschungs- und Deutungsperspektiven dar, aber zugleich eine enorme Herausforderung, die es zu bewältigen gilt, und zwar begrifflich, theoretisch und methodisch.
Im Zentrum der Tagung stehen folgende Fragen: Welche neuen Erkenntnisse gewinnen wir, wenn wir unsere Analyseeinheiten und Forschungsdesigns „global“ ausrichten und für „globale“ Anforderungen öffnen? Was sehen wir mehr, wenn der kulturwissenschaftliche Blick theoretisch und methodisch transnational ausgeweitet wird? Welche Konsequenzen entstehen dabei für unsere eigenen semantischen Gewohnheiten und Begrifflichkeiten, die uns aus unseren eigenen Disziplinen vertraut sind? Brauchen wir einen „methodologischen Kosmopolitismus“?
Organisiert wird die Tagung vom Käte Hamburger Kolleg „Recht als Kultur“ in Bonn.
Datum: 25. & 26.04.2013
Ort: Max-Weber-Vortragsraum des Käte Hamburger Kollegs „Recht als Kultur“
Beginn: 09:15 Uhr

Das Programm zur Tagung finden Sie als PDF-Dokument hier.
Weitere Informationen finden Sie hier.

Loopholes in the Iron Curtain - Economic Contacts between Eastern and Western Europe since the 1970s

Date: April 18/19, 2013

The history of the Cold War has been, as the name suggests, predominantly narrated as a history of conflicts, confrontation, and competition. At the same time, the economic relations between Eastern and Western Europe since the 1970s tell a different story: The contacts and cooperation between companies and individuals in East and West developed dynamically throughout the late Cold War period.
While the trade relations with the “Eastern Bloc” were of secondary importance for the West European economies until 1989, the inefficient planned economies were increasingly dependent on transfers of technology and eventually of capital. The interests in and experiences with the asymmetrical economic relations on both sides have been researched only marginally, although they contributed to the détente and created trust between East and West, which in turn played an important role for ending the Cold War in Europe.
Two levels of economic interactions will be at the center of attention: The first papers deal with official economic relations, which were generally based on bilateral contracts. The presentations cover companies and their eastern contacts in several larger West European economies (such as Germany, Italy, or Great Britain) as well as smaller states such as Austria. The following presentations deal with economic fields that tend to be overlooked in economic history, such as retail trade, smuggling, or tourism as a form of small trade. The economic contacts “from below” also include different places of economic exchange such as trade fairs, border regions or tourist destinations such as Vienna.

Programme as a PDF-version

Conference venue: Department of East European History, Seminar Room, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 3, A-1090 Vienna

Contact: sarah.lemmen(at)

Conference report here