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9th Graduate Conference in European History (GRACEH): Crisis and Solidarity in European History

The 9th Graduate Conference in European History (GRACEH) will be hosted by the University of Vienna on 23-25 April 2015. Deadline for the submission of paper proposals is 10 February 2015.

  • Event date: April 23-25, 2015
  • Posted on: 30.01.2015
  • Vienna,
  • Austria

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Contact: graceh2015@univie.ac.at

Since 2007, GRACEH has been jointly organized by the Central European University, the European University Institute and the University of Vienna. The idea of GRACEH is to bring together young researchers from different disciplines working on European history. The conference approaches a variety of topics, ranging from the early modern period to contemporary history and functions as a platform not only to discuss methodological approaches but to enable exchange with peers and senior academics. Young scholars have the possibility to present their current research projects or chapters of their theses.

Call for papers

The conference welcomes contributions about crises occurring in international relations, domestic politics and economic systems. Organizers are equally interested in the erosion of social cohesion and rules as well as cultural ties. Another key term is solidarity as one possible response to crises. Crises can strengthen communities of solidarity or provoke new forms thereof. The conference intends to take a historical approach to these phenomena and to highlight different forms of solidarity in European history.

The conference organizers invite postgraduate and early career researchers in history and related disciplines to submit paper proposals. Methodological approaches include macro-level and micro-level analysis combining the perspective of crisis and solidarity. Beyond comparative, transfer and transnational history, approaches such as discourse and social network analysis are welcome. The conference also encourages applications with a focus on the role of the media concerning both the perception of crises and actions of solidarity. In order to enrich the discussion and provide participants with additional input and ideas, experts on the subjects of crisis and solidarity will be invited to give keynote speeches during the conference.

Deadline for submitting your proposal: February 10, 2015.


- political crises, especially before and after regime changes;

- economic crises as a consequence of economic long-term structural patterns and short-term cataclysms;

- the managing of political and economic crises in international and domestic contexts;

- narratives and symbolizations of crisis;

- the representation of crises in the media;

- changes in social and cultural practices as a response to crises;

- solidarity as a means of political and social integration/exclusion;

- solidarity in a professional context (guilds, trade unions, labor movements);

- networks generated by solidarity (family, ethnic, religious, rural, migrant communities, etc.);

- welfare systems as institutionalization of solidarity;

- the concepts of crisis and solidarity in intellectual history;

More information

For more information please visit the official event website

S&T field/scope: Economics and Finance, Social Sciences, Humanities | Affilation and Pillar: Analysis | Geographical focus: EU Member States, International/Other

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