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Graduate Workshop | Citizenship and Belonging in Europe – Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Call for contributions | 20-24 November 2017 | Villa Vigoni, Menaggio, Como, Italy (Deadline: 28 February 2017)

In cooperation with the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the German-Italian Center for European Excellence Villa Vigoni has established the Gerda Henkel Academy at Villa Vigoni to discuss past and present challenges of Europe in the political, social and cultural realm. The Academy’s work is dedicated to the theme “From the Ideas on Europe to the European Citizen”.

The first graduate workshop of the Gerda Henkel Academy will take place in November 2017 at Villa Vigoni. The workshop’s theme is “Citizenship and belonging in Europe - historical and contemporary perspectives”.

The workshop’s aim is based on the observation that Europeans are engaged in a continuous discussion of what “Europe” means, and what it could or should mean to be “European”. At present, societies and politics in Europe are witnessing deep transformations, with migration and the rise of populism as only two of many processes. New ways of political participation, integration, and identification need to be discussed. Against this background, it appears worthwhile and indeed valuable to examine present as well as past ideas, norms, and practices that have shaped and continue to shape European political, social, and cultural interactions. The Gerda Henkel Academy at Villa Vigoni aims to bring together young scholars for an interdisciplinary exchange on concepts of belonging and notions of citizenship in the European context, both from a historical and from a contemporary perspective. Among the questions the workshop will address are the following: What is the relationship between citizenship and belonging in a European context, and what tensions can we identify? What are (or have been) the underlying constructions and narratives of “Europeaness” and “European citizenship” in different parts of Europe and the world? What role do national, religious, and ethnic categories play in creating practices of inclusion and exclusion? Villa Vigoni encourages PhD candidates in the Humanities and Cultural Studies as well as in the Social Sciences and Law to present their dissertation projects and to discuss their ideas in a stimulating, interdisciplinary environment overlooking Lake Como.

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The workshop is open to projects that discuss the topics mentioned above. Projects can employ a variety of methodical and disciplinary approaches.

Proposals (to be submitted no later than 28 February 2017) have to include

  • a short statement on the overall project of the doctoral thesis and its relevance for the theme of the workshop (max. 2.500 characters, in English);
  • a brief CV (including institutional affiliation, thesis supervisors, and contact details, max. 2.500 characters, in English);
  • a paper outline on a topic for a presentation every participant is required to give at the workshop (max. 4.000 characters, in English). The paper does not have to be part of or related to the doctoral thesis but should address the Academy theme of “Citizenship and Belonging”.

The application documents must be submitted as a single pdf file.

Participants chosen will be required to submit a fully developed version of their paper (max. 18.000 characters including spaces, in English) no later than 1 September 2017. Two respondents will comment on each paper during the workshop. Publication in an edited volume will be considered after the workshop.

Villa Vigoni will provide accommodation for the duration of the workshop and reimburse travel expenses within Europe.

Applicants will receive information about the decision of the selection committee in May 2017.
Proposals should be sent to the Secretary General of Villa Vigoni, Professor Immacolata Amodeo, no later than 28 February 2017. For any questions, please contact the organizers.

The deadline for proposals is 28 February 2017.

Dr. Christiane Liermann
Villa Vigoni
Via G. Vigoni 1
22017 Menaggio (Como, Italy)

Academic Board: Prof. Dr. Hans Joachim Gehrke (University of Freiburg), Prof. Dr. Johannes Paulmann (Leibniz Institute of European History, Mainz) and Prof. Dr. Corinna Unger (European University Institute, Florence)

Venue: Villa Vigoni, Menaggio, Como, Italy
Date: November 2017
Deadline: 28 February 2017

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