CfP: 6th Doctoral Workshop: Cooperation, Exchange and Solidarity in Europe 1945-1990

Call for papers, deadline 1 June 2020

Although in special circumstances due to the pandemic, even this year we are trying to organise the Doctoral Workshop. We hope the conditions will be safe and favourable, and that we will be able to gather as usually, in Pula at the end of summer. All possible changes in schedule will be announced on time. We defined this year's theme in September last year, but right now, unfortunately, it is becoming more current.

Since 2015 the Workshop has focused on various topics in contemporary history, history of socialist Yugoslavia and the wider European context: The History of Everyday Life in Socialist Yugoslavia, Yugoslav Socialism: Similarities and Exceptionalities, A New Man for the Socialist Society, Yugoslavia and the Global 1968: Contexts, Perspectives, Echoes, Industrial Societies of Late Socialism: European Comparisons. The themes were often connected to the research projects at CKPIS, financed by the Croatian Science Foundation, or with the cooperation network around the Chair for South-East European History at the Humboldt University of Berlin, supported by DAAD. Over the past years, the Workshop has received an excellent response, with PhD students and lecturers coming from various universities and other institutions (Belgrade, Berlin, Florence, Ghent, Giessen, Glasgow, Graz, Hamburg, Iaşi, Konstanz, Koper, Ljubljana, Montreal, Munich, Nottingham, Paris, Potsdam, Prague, Regensburg, San Diego, Sarajevo, Skopje, Sofia, Split, Vienna, Warwick, Zagreb and Pula). Information on past workshops is available on our web-site.

This year, we are interested in cooperation, exchange and solidarity in Europe from the end of the World War II to the collapse of the Cold War order. The war-torn and demolished continent went through a rapid reconstruction and building of new post-war societies. The first wave of mutual support, enthusiasm and solidarity has been turned into long-lasting forms of formal and informal connections at local, regional, national and international levels. Volunteers, civic associations, non-governmental organizations, mass organizations, trade unions, professionals’ associations, peace initiatives, economic and military alliances, interstate cooperation and international treaties all served as links in maintaining social stability. Sometimes the contacts crossed the Iron Curtain, sometimes they firmly remained within national or block frames. Keeping in mind the intra-European similarities and differences, we would like to discuss cooperation and exchange in social, economic, cultural, humanitarian and military contexts. We are also interested in actions of solidarity during natural disasters, as well as in infrastructural integration, cultural exchange, sports competitions, and political alliances. All topics that suggest formation of a community, and any form of vertical or horizontal, official or informal, local or international connection are also welcome.

We hope the workshop will again attract PhD students in the field of history, as well as in other fields of humanities and social sciences. Our objective is to enable exchange of knowledge and ideas, as well as participation in motivating discussions. We would like to enhance networking and exchange among young researchers and map new research trends, especially at the level of PhD studies.

The filled application form needs to be sent to by June 1, 2020. The form includes the abstract (max. 200 words) and a short biographical note (max. 200 words). By July 15 the elected applicants are expected to send a paper (max. 1,800 words), based on their dissertation or another research, to the same address. The workshop languages for both the application form and the paper are Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Montenegrin, Slovene, Macedonian or English. Based on the paper, each presentation at the workshop should last up to 15 minutes. It will be followed by a discussion. A certificate will be issued to PhD students confirming their participation and the value of 2 ECTS credits.

Participants are expected to arrive to Pula by late afternoon of Wednesday, August 26, when the workshop starts. The programme ends by noon on Saturday. The workshop venue is the Faculty of Humanities/Filozofski fakultet (Ivan Matetić Ronjgov Street 1).

As organisers, for around ten participants we are able to cover the cost of the first dinner (Wednesday) and two lunches (Thursday, Friday), as well as the accommodation (three nights) at the new student dorm in the close neighbourhood of the Faculty. The participants are expected to organise the travel to Pula and cover its cost, hopefully with the support of their universities or other sources.

The application form and all information are available at the website:

We are looking forward to your applications!