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Call for Papers

 

14–16 July 2022

Call for papers

Violence against Women: Historical and Comparative Perspectives

A Joint Workshop of the Humboldt Foundation Anneliese Maier Award and the German Historical Institute London

Convenors: Christina von Hodenberg and Jane Freeland (German Historical Institute London), Sylvia Walby (Violence & Society Centre, City University of London), Karen Shire (Essen College for Gender Research, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany)

German Historical Institute London


Deadline: 1 October 2021


2–4 June 2022

Call for papers

From Cambridge to Bielefeld – and back?

British and Continental Approaches to Intellectual History

German Association for British Studies Annual Conference organized by Sina Steglich (GHIL) and Emily Steinhauer (GHIL)

Humboldt University Berlin


Deadline: 31 October


 

Violence against Women: Historical and Comparative Perspectives

Joint Workshop of the Humboldt Foundation Anneliese Maier Award and the German Historical Institute London

Workshop

14-16 July 2022

Convenors: Christina von Hodenberg and Jane Freeland (German Historical Institute London), Sylvia Walby (Violence & Society Centre, City University of London), Karen Shire (Essen College for Gender Research, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
Venue: German Historical Institute London

 

Violence always matters: it wrecks and destroys lives. But gender-based violence has also varied enormously over time and place. Bringing together sociologists and historians, this conference explores the relations between gender regimes and gendered violence in different settings. It looks at Britain and Germany in the 20th and 21st centuries in a global context and encourages comparative studies of gender violence, especially outside of armed conflict. We draw particularly on the concept of gender regimes, as a way of thinking about the structural nature of gender at a macro-level.

We aim to understand the following questions: What does violence against women tell us about the historical development of different societies? What can we learn from history as to the circumstances under which such violence changes, and about successful strategies of feminist resistance, coalition-building and making violence visible? What are the implications of diverse varieties of gender regimes for historical variations/changes in gendered violence? What are the implications of different concepts of violence and of gender for historical and comparative work? What are the diverse forms of feminist responses to and engagement with violence and their implications for reducing violence? Is feminism more successful in identifying violence and reducing it when it works autonomously, identifying women as the political subject, or when it works as part of a wider coalition, and if so, a coalition with what other forces? Does feminism make a difference? How does comparative and interdisciplinary work help us to investigate these questions?

The conference will bridge the disciplinary divide. We are particularly interested in theoretical papers that open up to historical perspectives, or historical papers that test theoretical assumptions.

The conference will be held from 14-16 July, 2022, at the German Historical Institute London. Economy travel will be reimbursed and accommodation provided for successful applicants. The conference language is English. Participants will be required to submit pre-circulated papers by 1 June 2022, with a view to publishing selected papers in a special issue.

Applicants are asked to submit a 200-word biography and a 300-word abstract situating their paper within the themes and issues of the conference electronically sent to

ekfg.abstracts2022@uni-due.de

by 1 October, 2021. All applicants will be notified by 1 November.

 

Call for Papers (PDF file)


From Cambridge to Bielefeld – and back?

British and Continental Approaches to Intellectual History

German Association for British Studies Annual Conference

2–4 June 2022

Organized by Sina Steglich (GHIL) and Emily Steinhauer (GHIL)
Venue: Humboldt University Berlin

 

Intellectual History has several roots, but the notion of this methodological approach varies depending on its academic context and disciplinary traditions: in the anglophone world intellectual history is primarily the history of political thought and as such focusing on specific political ideas, most prominently reshaped by the protagonists of the famous Cambridge School (John G.A. Pocock, Q. Skinner) since the mid-twentieth century. In the German context intellectual history is anchored in the political sciences and history and as such discussed in two different disciplinary fields. Therefore, the spectrum of intellectual history ranges from political theory to the widened perspective of the history of concepts that gained widespread attention and is intrinsically bound to one of its founding fathers, Reinhart Koselleck, and the relating encyclopaedic project of the Historische Grundbegriffe. In France, intellectual history is rather known as the history of mentalities (following Lucien Febvre et al) and as such historical ‘ideas’ are explicitly reflected as embedded in and shaped by social and cultural conditions. This rather simplistic summary may indicate that speaking of intellectual history and following this methodological approach is always taking place on quite slippery ground.

The basic – not banal – questions of ‘Why’ , ‘How’, and ‘Where’ intellectual history are the starting points of the workshop. It would like to discuss these ‘national’ and disciplinary traditions of intellectual history, their advantages and challenges by bringing together scholars from both contexts, the British as well as the continental, especially German academic world. By doing so, the methodological core of intellectual history shall be carved out, strengthening the propria of this approach and reflecting its connections to or intersections with cultural and social history. Redefining intellectual history could (or should?) also lead to a debate on its possible contribution to the ongoing ‘globalization’ of historiographical research and the agenda of the ‘provincialization’ of the hegemonic European, Western canon of political thought, ideas, and concepts. Inviting contributions with an explicit methodological and conceptual interest in the wide field of intellectual history without disciplinary, regional or epochal preferences, the workshop aims at reflecting the methodological implications of writing intellectual history across linguistic, national, and cultural boundaries. Possible presentations could focus on actors, practices, and institutions of intellectual engagement, and ask how ideas and concepts could shape the perception of the world, stimulate scientific as well as public discourses, and strengthen social cohesion. The papers could address, but are not limited to the following questions:

  •  the periodization of intellectual history, e.g. its entanglement with modernity
  • the “spaces” and/or “places” of intellectual history and the challenges of writing a global intellectual history
  • intellectual history and its relation to the history of knowledge, the history of mentalities, the history of sciences and conceptual history
  • the linkages between intellectual and social, cultural as well as gender history
  • the genealogies and traditions of intellectual history

The conference will be held 2–4 June 2022 at the Centre for British Studies (Großbritannien- Zentrum) at Humboldt University Berlin. Prof Richard Bourke (Cambridge) will hold a keynote speech. Travel expenses for accepted speakers from the United Kingdom will be covered. Travel expenses for accepted speakers from Germany may be covered, depending on funding.

Proposals should include a brief CV (1 page) and an abstract of the paper (max 300 words). We also accept panel proposals (abstract of max 500 words with provisional titles and biographical notes of all speakers). Deadline for submission is 31 October 2021. The proposals should be sent as one single PDF document to s.steglich@ghil.ac.uk and e.steinhauer@ghil.ac.uk.

Call for Papers (PDF file)