Call for Papers | Politics and Society Conference 2019


Politics and Society Conference 2019

East Central Europe Thirty Years Following the End of Communism

Sibiu, Romania 27.–­28. September 2019

Organized by Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu Department of International Relations, Political Science and Security Studies and the Alumni FSSU ULBS Association


The past thirty years following the fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe witnessed impressive change in various aspects of political, economic, social and cultural areas. Democratization, institutional change and marketization have transformed the regional landscape, with many of the countries from the region becoming members of NATO and the European Union, while the rest started the negotiation process. However, recent developments in several countries from the region offered new perspectives on democratic consolidation, with democratic backsliding threatening the accumulation process and questioning the solidity of numerous transformations pertaining to Europeanization and the rule of law.

The democratic backsliding occurs in a context marked by consistent change in the international relations, where the advancement of NATO in Eastern Europe triggered the response from the Russian Federation, making the EU neighborhood policy a very complicated matter with respect to the frozen conflicts and de-­‐facto states from the region. Moreover, domestic issues now combine in very intricate ways with regional and international topics, mixing migration policies, economic development and state (lack of) sovereignty with national and European elections. From the optimist perspective of ending post-­‐communist transition with a consolidation phase, this is quite a surprise to see how de-­‐ democratization, the rise of the radical parties, protest, new media, widespread populism and fake-­‐news combine in public sphere.

The Politics & Society Conference 2019 aims at shedding new light on new developments in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as at offering a broader perspective on the long-­‐term political, social and economic processes that have transformed the region. The conference encourages papers that address the following issues, but are not limited to:

  • Democratization and de-democratization
  • The rise of new populist radical parties
  • Political ideologies in times of crisis
  • Political participation in the era of mass communication
  • Local governance and local democracy
  • The tension between EU integration and state sovereignty
  • NATO Eastern enlargement and regional tensions
  • De-facto states and frozen conflicts
  • The changing relations between Russia and East Central Europe
  • Migration and social change
  • The evolution in dominant social values
  • The (trans)formation of class in the process of full marketization
  • Nationalism as a political force


Conference tracks

  • Track 1: Parties and ideologies
  • Track 2: Political marketing
  • Track 3: Challenges to Local Government in ECE Countries
  • Track 4: The Germans in East Central Europe: local identities, transnational identities
  • Track 5: Flight and Migration: Research, policies and practice in different European countries
  • Track 6: Russia and East Central Europe: Thirty years of tense relations


International Advisory Board

  • Michael Ambrosi, University of Trier
  • Antonella Capelle Pogăcean, Sciences Po, Paris
  • Stanislav Cernyavsky, Center for Post-Soviet Studies, Moscow
  • Philippe Claret, University of Bordeaux
  • Djivorin Djuric, Institute of Political Studies, Belgrade
  • Tatiana Dubovic, Taras Shevchenko University, Kiev
  • Petru Negură, Free International University, Chisinau
  • Sorina Soare, University of Florence
  • Serghei Sprincean, Institute of Legal, Political and Social Studies, Chisinau
  • Camil Ungureanu, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona



  • Early bird – PhD/MA students: 30 euros
  • Early bird – Scholars from Romania, CEE, CIS: 40 euros
  • Early bird – Scholars from other countries: 50 euros
  • Late registration: 60 euros (participants who register after September 15, 2019)

The conference fee covers the conference package, coffee breaks, lunches, and the conference reception.

The paper proposals can be submitted via the on-­‐line conference system available at The language of the conference is English.



  • Application with paper proposals – May 20, 2019
  • Applicants are notified on the status of their proposal – May 31, 2019
  • Registration deadline – September 15, 2019


Contact information

Call for Papers | Digging Politics: The Ancient Past and Political Present in East-Central Europe

Workshop Date: 12th – 13th June 2019 at Durham University, University College


This workshop will explore political uses of ancient pasts and archaeology in east-central Europe in the states during the Cold War and post-communist period. While studies have often focused on individual episodes such as Dacomania in Romania or the Thracian past in Bulgaria, this workshop will bring together different approaches and disciplines in a collaborative, comparative and interdisciplinary manner. We invite proposals for papers from scholars working on the region (loosely conceived) to establish a conversation about uses of the ancient past from the Cold War to the present.


Possible questions and issues might include (but are not limited to):

Thinking about why ancient pasts became so important to east-central Europe from the late-twentieth century

  • Considering which narratives emerged
  • The location and exhibition of ‘ancient pasts’
  • The formation of networks of knowledge and knowledge transfer among experts in the regions
  • Identifying transnational and comparative developments in the period
  • The relationship between the local, the national, and the transnational/European dimension
  • Processes of forming cultural identity
  • Exploring the actors in shaping ‘ancient pasts’
  • The role particular disciplines took on in ‘creating’ ancient pasts
  • The wider reception of ancient pasts in east-central European societies


Please submit an abstract of up to 300 words with a brief biography to and by 15 March 2019 (externer Link)

Call for Papers | International Conference From West to East: Metamorphoses of Discourses in Europe

Dear Colleagues,

Please find enclosed the calls for papers (in French and in English) of the International Conference
De l’Ouest à l’Est : Métamorphoses des Discours en Europe From West to East: Metamorphoses of Discourses in Europe, to be held in Bucharest on 24.–25 October 2019.
The Conference is organised by the University of Bucharest and the Institute of Sociology of the Romanian Academy, under the aegis of the Observatory on Discourses and Counter-Discourses related to the European Construction (France) and is supported by The Regional Francophone Centre of Advances Research in Social Sciences (CEREFREA) in Bucharest.

We kindly invite you to submit your communication proposals by email to until the 30th of April 2019.

Please feel free to disseminate the calls to your networks.

Best regards,

Valentina Pricopie
On behalf of the Organisation Committee

Prof. Valentina PRICOPIE
Senior Researcher

Social Europe Research Laboratory
Institute of Sociology, Romanian Academy
Calea 13 Septembrie, 13. 050711 Bucharest – Romania


Chères et chers Collègues,

Veuillez trouver ci-dessous, les appels a communication (en Français et en Anglais) du Colloque international  De l’Ouest à l’Est : Métamorphoses des Discours en Europe From West to East: Metamorphoses of Discourses in Europe, qui se tiendra à Bucarest les 24 et 25 octobre 2019.

Le Colloque  est organisé par l’Université de Bucarest et Institut de Sociologie de l’Académie Roumaine,  sous l’égide de l’Observatoire des discours et contre-discours relatifs à la construction européenne (France), et bénéficie de l’aimable support du Centre Régional Francophone de Recherches Avancées en Sciences Sociales (CEREFREA) à Bucarest.

Appel :

Nous vous invitons à adresser vos propositions de communications par mail au jusqu’au 30 avril 2019, au plus tard.

Merci de faire circuler les appels auprès de vos réseaux respectifs.

Avec mes pensées les meilleures,

Valentina Pricopie
Pour le comité d’organisation

Call for Papers | The Frustrated Peace: The Versailles Treaty and its Political, Social and Economic Impact on Europe

Call for papers
The Frustrated Peace: The Versailles Treaty and its Political, Social and Economic Impact on Europe

26.–27 September 2019

The Institute of History of the Czech Academy of Sciences
The Institute of Global History at Faculty of Arts, Charles University

Conference languages: english, german

When the last shots of the just finished war fell silent in November 1918, it began to be clear that despite the shock of immeasurable economic and human suffering, it would be possible to approach the emerging post-war period as an opportunity to transform Europe, or the whole world order, which, after the collapse of traditional monarchies, would create a framework shaped by the new political regimes and social structures. The most influential platform for building the new order was the peace talks in Paris, taking place from January 1919 to January 1920. The agreements with the individual defeated states could, in a wider perspective, provide the basis for a transformation of the then-world that would prevent or, at the very least, minimize the possibility of a repetition of major wars in the future.
The planned conference should provide answers to the question of to what extent the post-war states were able to define that symbolic “starting” line and (not) use it to further transformations inside the European or world society. Welcomed are papers that approach the legacy of the Versailles Peace Treaty in broader methodological and conceptual perspectives, and would present the specific consequences and effects of the so-called Versailles Peace System, whether in the political, social, economic or cultural areas.

Selected papers will be printed in a conference collective monograph, the issue of which is planned for 2020.

Please send proposals of contributions (title, abstract, CV) to 28 February 2019 at the email address:

Call for Papers (PDF Datei)

Call for Papers: Germanistik im Spiegel: Wege und Umwege einer Wissenschaft

Die Germanistik in Klausenburg feiert 2019 ihr 100-jähriges Jubiläum – ein Anlass, den sie dazu nutzt, sich auf einer germanistischen Tagung mit der Germanistik selbst zu beschäftigen: Mit den sich verändernden Funktionen und Bedingungen der Wissenschaft, mit ihren variierenden Positionierung zu anderen Wissenschaften, zur Kunst und Gesellschaft sowie mit den sich ändernden Methoden und Diskursen.

Dabei sind Ansätze aus verschiedenen Perspektiven interessant: Zunächst interessiert natürlich die Entwicklung der Disziplin – wie haben sich Forschung und Lehre, Methoden, Ansätze und Diskurse entwickelt? Wer hatte Einfluss darauf – und wird diese Geschichte kritisch betrachtet? Was die Germanistik erforscht und lehrt, ist natürlich auch immer von gesellschaftlichen und politischen Gegebenheiten abhängig – jedes Institut für Germanistik, so auch das Klausenburger,
sah sich vor allem im bewegten 20. Jahrhundert gezwungen, sich hier zu positionieren. Wie wurde dies gehandhabt, und wie wird mit dieser Geschichte umgegangen? Wie unabhängig sind die Wissenschaft und ihre Lehre heute?

Diesen und ähnlichen Fragestellungen wird auf der Tagung nachgegangen, die am 13. und 14. Juni am Department für Germanistik in Klausenburg stattfindet. Vortragenden stehen 20 Minuten sowie weitere 15 Minuten zur Diskussion bereit, ausgewählte Beiträge werden im 9. Band der Klausenburger Beiträge zur Germanistik veröffentlicht. Die Teilnahmegebühr beträgt 45 Euro (bzw. 200 RON). Die Übernachtungskosten können unter Umständen übernommen werden.

Interessierte sind eingeladen, bis zum 28. Februar ein Abstract (ca. eine Seite) sowie einen kurzen Lebenslauf an folgende Email-Adresse zu senden:

Den vollständigen Call for Papers finden Sie hier: CfP Klausenburg (PDF-Datei).

Call for Papers: Die historische deutsch-jüdische Presse als Schnittstelle

Forum einer Minderheit, Sprachrohr nach außen, Gegenstand und Quellenfundus der aktuellen Forschung.

Die Konferenz wird sich mit der Vielfalt und zeitgenössischen Bedeutung der deutsch-jüdischen Presse von der Aufklärung bis zum Nationalsozialismus befassen und Ansätze zu ihrer heutigen Erforschung vorstellen. Zur Sprache können hierbei kulturelle wie transkulturelle Aspekte von Periodika kommen, ihre Anliegen, Erscheinungsbedingungen und möglichen Auswirkungen, Varianten ihrer Gestaltung sowie ihre Zielgruppen, Distribution und Rezeption. Der Status dieser Presse in der jüdischen und – was diese einschließt – allgemeinen Öffentlichkeit, mögliche Berührungspunkte mit nichtjüdischen Medien, die Frage nach zeitübergreifenden Kontinuitäten oder distinkten Phasen, die Diversität und Funktionalität ihrer Gattungen und ökonomische Aspekte sollen ebenfalls thematisiert werden. Darüber hinaus können jüdische Periodika außerhalb Deutschlands zum Vergleich herangezogen werden. Auch nach den Protagonisten ist zu fragen, seien es Einzelpersonen oder, als Träger und Herausgeber, jüdische Institutionen, Verbände und Vereine. Erwünscht sind schließlich, im Zusammenhang der aktuellen Forschung, Beiträge zu Überlieferung und bibliographischer Erschließung, Zugang und Recherche sowie begrifflich-definitorischen Fragen.

Hier finden Sie weitere Informationen zum Call for Papers sowie zur Veranstaltung: CfP (PDF-Datei).