Call for Papers: Culture & International History VI – Visions of Humanity, May 6-8, 2019, John F. Kennedy Institute, FU Berlin
Jul01

Call for Papers: Culture & International History VI – Visions of Humanity, May 6-8, 2019, John F. Kennedy Institute, FU Berlin

Call for Papers: Culture & International History VI: Visions of Humanity 6 – 8 May 2019 in Berlin  John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin   The conference Culture and International History VI will take place from the 6th through the 8th of May, 2019 in Berlin. Siep Stuurman (Universiteit Utrecht), author of The Invention of Humanity: Equality and Cultural Difference in World History (Harvard UP, 2017), will deliver the keynote speech. The conference marks the 20th anniversary of the symposium cycle that began in 1999 and has since taken place in Wittenberg, Frankfurt, Cologne, and Berlin. Key themes and contributions have been published in Berghahn Books’ series Explorations in Culture and International History (Oxford, New York, since 2003). “Visions of Humanity” seeks to address the growing interest in historical ideas, statements, policies and actions invoking transnational, international and global audiences in the name of common values, rights and concerns. These may be manifest in activism relating to human rights, policies invoking humanitarian action, cultural output imagining trans-border societies, ideas wedding technology and the human, international protest against mechanisms of marginalization, cross-cultural canon-building (“the humanities”) and attempts to define “humanity” in academic disciplines. International history is full of people and organizations invoking visions of humanity in an effort to create common notions of identity (“we”) based on international and global reference points. But who constituted “we”? What made “us” similar? Who was part of humanity, who wasn’t? What were the mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion in humanity? And who defined and contested these criteria and decisions? The symposium will focus on visions of humanity as they crystallize in the history of diplomatic and informal fora as well as in the context of specific debates. Specifically, the conference seeks to compare 20th century approaches in North American and transatlantic history to other regions and earlier periods. Possible topics include but are not limited to: The human rights diplomacy of indigenous people Arts, international relations and visions of humanity Humanity and the humanities in international exchange The concept of humanity in diplomatic and legal parlance Minority rights vs. universal rights in international history Cultural diplomacy in the name of human rights & humanitarian action We invite students and scholars of International History, Modern History, Area Studies, Theater Studies, Cultural Studies, Musicology, Art History, Psychology, Social Science, Anthropology and related fields to submit proposals before July 8, 2018. Young scholars are particularly encouraged to apply. Proposals should include 1. a brief cover letter, 2. the title of the paper and an abstract of max. 500 words, 3. a one-page CV. All three should be submitted in one pdf file. Proposals for panels will...

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Stellenausschreibung: Associate Professor of literary and/or cultural studies at the University of Gdańsk
Jun29

Stellenausschreibung: Associate Professor of literary and/or cultural studies at the University of Gdańsk

OPENING: Associate Professor of literary and/or cultural studies at the University of Gdańsk INSTITUTION: University of Gdańsk CITY: Gdańsk POSITION: Associate Professor DISCIPLINE: literary and/or cultural studies POSTED: 28.06.2018 EXPIRES: 12.07.2018 WEBSITE: www.fil.ug.gda.pl KEY WORDS: American studies, literary studies, cultural studies DESCRIPTION (field, expectations, comments): The successful applicant for the post of Associate Professor at the Institute of English and American Studies of the University of Gdansk will have: – Ph.D. degree in American literature – Hab. degree in literary and/or cultural studies – publications in the area of American literature and culture – experience in teaching history of British and American literature and culture – university experience in teaching theory and methodology of literary studies – experience in teaching B.A. and/or M.A. seminars   Applications should be sent to:...

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Welcome to DGfA/GAAS
Jun27

Welcome to DGfA/GAAS

Welcome to DGfA/GAAS! The German Association for American Studies (GAAS) is an academic non-profit organization. Our goal is to “support American Studies in Germany on an academic basis and to contribute to the consolidation of academic and cultural relations between Germany and the United States”. Since its foundation in 1953, the membership of the GAAS has increased to approximately 1000 active members. Through these members, the GAAS is represented in practically all university departments and academic institutions dealing with American Studies. The GAAS is a member of the umbrella organization European Association for American Studies (EAAS) and is closely related to the American Studies Association. According to the idea of supporting American Studies, the GAAS organizes academic conferences once a year, traditionally after Pentecost, at changing...

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Call for Papers: “The Age of Sharing? Practices of Sharing in Contemporary Media, Literature and Culture” March 20-22, 2019, University Koblenz-Landau
Jun25

Call for Papers: “The Age of Sharing? Practices of Sharing in Contemporary Media, Literature and Culture” March 20-22, 2019, University Koblenz-Landau

The Age of Sharing? Practices of Sharing in Contemporary Media, Literature and Culture (20.-22. March 2019; University Koblenz-Landau/Germany) The concept of sharing has become pervasive in the 21st century. We are encouraged to ‘share’ our digital data (e.g. facebook) and to participate in the ‘sharing industry’ (e.g. Airbnb). Moreover, popular self-help literature emphasizes that we should develop healthy intimate relationships through sharing or disclosing our innermost thoughts and feelings. While these are quite diverse practices, the concept of ‘sharing’ emphasizes a link, endowing them with a positive value. This extraordinary career of the concept ‘sharing’ has led sociologists such as Nicholas John to dub our contemporary time as an ‘age of sharing’. The practices subsumed under ‘sharing’, however, have also given rise to controversy. Critics point to thorny issues such as data protection or challenge what they perceive to be a dubious reduction of the individual to a ‘quantified self’: a self that is measured by and understood through numbers. Big data is used to map the identity of individuals (e.g. consumption habits, credit worthiness). The ongoing controversy on sharing illustrates how closely concepts and practices of sharing are tied to seminal shifts in sociocultural and medial landscapes. This conference seeks to bring scholars from different disciplines together (e.g. media/film, art, literary and cultural studies; sociology; ethnology) to explore the cultural work that key concepts of ‘sharing’ in contemporary culture fulfil. Of particular interest is the contribution of contemporary media, literature, and the arts to critical discussions of ‘sharing’. In what way do representations of sharing in contemporary media and literature provide a new perspective on our understanding of ‘sharing‘? How may contemporary conceptualizations of sharing contribute to our understanding of new medial developments or artistic-economic practices (e.g. new marketing strategies: book trailers in which the author shares personal or fake information about the writing process and/or his life to increase the impression of an intimate text)? Topics for papers may include, but are not limited to: contemporary conceptualisations and critical assessments of ‘sharing’ the use of ‘sharing’ as a concept to understand or analyse contemporary medial, aesthetic and social developments (e.g. participatory media, theatre livecasts, …) representations of and discourses on sharing in the media, literature and the arts the history of self-marketing strategies in literature and art (with a focus on developments in the 21st century, e.g. book trailers as means for both authors and publishers to target audiences and for readers to share their favourite books with other readers, hence creating a ‘communal’ reading experience) Please send your abstract (ca. 250 words) and a short bio blurb to  liedke-heidi@uni-landau.de and butter@uni-landau.de by JULY 15th, 2018.  ...

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Stellenausschreibung: PostDoc Assistant (f/m), non-tenure track, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English
Jun14

Stellenausschreibung: PostDoc Assistant (f/m), non-tenure track, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English

Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt announces the following position in compliance with § 107 para. 1 Universities Act 2002: PostDoc Assistant (f/m), non-tenure track at the Faculty of Humanities, Department of English. This is a full-time position, limited to 6 years (non-tenure track; Uni-KV: B1 lit.b). The minimum monthly gross salary for this position is € 3,711.10 (paid 14 times a year; amounting to an annual gross salary of € 51,955.40) and may in-crease due to relevant previous work experience. Starting date is October 1, 2018. Tasks and responsibilities  Independent research and further development of the candidate’s scientific qualification in the field of American literature and culture with the goal of completing a postdoctoral thesis (habilitation) within 6 years  Independent undergraduate and graduate teaching in the field of American literature and culture; examination activities; supervision of BA and MA theses  International publications and presentations  Participation in department administration, teaching and research administration, and in university committees  Participation in conference organization Required qualification  PhD degree at a national or international university with a research focus on U.S. American literatures of the (long) 19th century  Habilitation research project in the field of American literature and culture  Teaching experience at the university level and didactic competence  Excellent command of written and spoken English  Pertinent international experience (e.g. academic experience, other forms of education or training) Candidates must meet the required qualifications by June 27, 2018 at the latest. Additional desired qualifications  Research interest in Gender Studies and/or the Environmental Humanities  Interest in contributing to the interdepartmental research area “Visual Culture”  Relevant scholarly publications and conference presentations  Organizational and social competence; ability to cooperate in a team  Experience in academic self-administration, university committees or similar  Experience in organizing workshops, conferences, and symposia German language skills are not a formal prerequisite, but proficiency is expected within two years. The position is advertised without the option of negotiating a qualification agreement. The university aims to increase the proportion of women in scientific positions and therefore en-courages qualified women to apply for the position. In case of equivalent qualification, women are accepted preferentially. People with disabilities or chronic diseases who fulfill the requirements are particularly encouraged to apply. For further information, please contact Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alexa Weik von Mossner, e-mail: Alexa.WeikvonMossner@aau.at General information for applicants is available on www.aau.at/en/jobs/information. We welcome applications in English or German comprising a letter of motivation; academic curriculum vitae including a list of publications, a list of courses taught, and a list of talks given; description of research agenda for the intended habilitation project; certificates. Details of three contact...

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