We are delighted to announce the International Conference “Europe from the Outside/ Europe from the Inside”, scheduled for 7th-9th June 2018, which will take place at the Willy Brandt Centre for German and European Studies of the University of Wrocław. The conference will be organized in collaboration with Institute for German Studies (University of Birmingham, UK), and the Centre Canadien d’Études Allemandes et Européennes (CCEAE), Université de Montréal.
We invite and encourage paper proposals from early career researchers (doctoral students and master’s-level students) affiliated with Centres for German and European Studies, which are currently funded, or have previously been funded, by the DAAD. Paper proposals for the conference’s interdisciplinary panels can originate in any discipline of the social sciences, humanities or cultural studies, including political science, law, sociology, history, literary studies, linguistics, and economics.
The topic of the conference
Europe and Germany are facing a number of fundamental challenges. A multitude of on-going crises—particularly the economic and financial crisis, the refugee crisis, the crisis of the rule of law, and the Brexit crisis— are raising vital questions for Germany and the European Union. The conference will examine various scholarly and public discourses with regard to these challenges and intends to discuss them from different disciplinary perspectives, but with an interdisciplinary focus. The conference is interested in juxtaposing EU-internal and EU-external approaches to analysing the issues at hand. While the conference wishes to promote an interdisciplinary exchange on these issues in their complexity, a common frame of reference remains the question of Germany’s role in today’s Europe.
The conference aims to bring together junior scholars from DAAD centres who are working on different aspects of humanities and social sciences with a focus on the topics of the conference. We expect the juxtaposition of the inside and outside perspectives to be instructive for both researchers and practitioners dealing with and interested in European integration, the EU, and Europe in a broader sense. The DAAD Centres, with their global network and their interdisciplinary nature, are by definition concerned with these issues and are therefore the primary recipients of the call. In addition to the academic output, the conference will promote networking among early career researchers from the DAAD Centres worldwide and thus facilitate synergies, collaboration and research impulses that could initiate common research projects. Against this background, the conference intends to provide a venue for exploring collaboration opportunities, such as a joint book project by junior researchers of the DAAD Centres with the support of senior scholars from the centres. The volume may be published in the Nomos book series of the WBZ.
The conference will be open to all DAAD centres, as the organizers place great emphasis on the multicultural nature of the exchange, by explicitly inviting the DAAD Centres from various continents. The conference language is German but individual English-language contributions will also be accepted.
We encourage early career scholars and PhD candidates representing different disciplines at the Centres for German and European Studies and their partner institutions to submit a short paper proposal (max. 300 words) on one of the focus topics together with a short bio (academic title, affiliation, research interests).
The deadline for paper proposal is 30 April 2018.
Submissions should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The language of the conference is German, with some possible exceptions granted to papers in English. We will notify applicants by early May 2018 whether their paper has been selected for the conference.
DAAD funding allows us to cover all costs for travel and accommodation of all paper-giving participants and moderators from DAAD Centres. The DAAD can only cover travel costs in accordance with the German Federal Travel Expenses Act (Bundesreisekostengesetz, BRKG) including economy flights and second-class railways tickets. Early career researchers without any DAAD Centre affiliation are welcome to apply as well, but with their own funding.